Missouri teachers already have to wait longer than teachers in most other states to receive tenure, five years, but the Senate voted today to double that time.
It had appeared that the efforts by Sen. Jane Cunningham, R-Chesterfield, to eliminate tenure had been rebuffed two days ago by an amendment from Education Committee Chairman David Pearce, R-Warrensburg, to establish a committee to study teacher pay, bounced back with her latest assault on public school teachers.
An amendment offered today by Sen. Tom Dempsey to double that time was approved by a voice vote.
The Cunningham bill, SB 806, also eliminates the requirement that the last teachers hired have to be the first to be eliminated when there is a reduction in force.
The bill has now gone through two readings. The third is scheduled for Tuesday, April 10, when the Senate returns from its Easter break. Since the second vote was a voice vote, senators did not have to have their names counted as being in favor of the change.
When Tuesday's vote takes place, it will be by roll call.
Missouri NEA is expected to issue an action alert to its members Friday.
No word has been issued yet from Missouri State Teachers Association.