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Republicans block Senate vote on teacher tenure

Date: April 19, 2012
By: Andrew Weil
State Capitol Bureau
Links: SB 806

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Republicans in the Senate were talking about holiday treats to block a vote on teacher tenure.
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Description: "Do you like cranberry bread?" "I do..."

That was Republican Springfield Senator Bob Dixon talking with Senate Education Committee Chairman David Pearce.

On Thursday, they filibustered fellow Republican Senator Jane Cunningham's teacher tenure bill.

The plan would increase the time it takes for teachers to earn tenure from 5 to 10 years.

Cunningham eventually stopped the cranberry bread talk and put her bill aside .

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Description: "I am not going to keep the body here for a long discussion on a Thursday."
 
The plan needs one more vote in the Senate before going to the House.
 
Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Andrew Weil.
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It was Republicans filibustering Republicans again in the Senate, this time over teacher tenure.
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Wrap: Republicans in the Senate blocked a vote on Republican St. Louis County Senator Jane Cunningham's teacher tenure bill.

The bill would increase the time it takes for Missouri teachers to earn tenure from 5 to 10 years.

During the filibuster, Republican Springfield Senator Bob Dixon asked why the bill wasn't heard by the Senate's education committee.

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Description: "And it seems to me that if we want to have a good product that we wouldn't try to fast bake it in the microwave."

In the end, Cunningham put off the vote because she said she was not going to keep the body for a long discussion on a Thursday. 

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Andrew Weil.


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