SB 125, which would have tied at least 33 percent of teacher evaluations to student scores on standardized tests was defeated 82-75 by the Missouri House of Representatives Thursday, with two Joplin-area representatives Bill White, R-Joplin, and Charlie Davis, R-Webb City, voting against the measure.
Those voting for the bill were representatives Bill Lant, R-Joplin, Bill Reiboldt, R-Seneca, Mike Kelley, R-Lamar, and Tom Flanigan, R-Carthage.
The 33 percent would have applied to teachers in tested areas, but schools would have been required to base a portion of evaluations of teachers in non-tested areas on the student test scores.
With one week left in this year's legislative session, don't be surprised if Speaker of the House Tim Jones makes at least one more effort to push the evaluation measure as well as the elimination of teacher tenure. He has to keep trying to make sure Rex Sinquefield and Students First get their money's worth.