Legislation that would eliminate teacher tenure and require teachers to be paid based on their students' scores on standardized tests is not going to succeed this year, Speaker of the House Tim Jones, R-Eureka, said on the Randy Tobler radio program and he blamed it on rural legislators who didn't have the courage to buck the "powerful" educational establishment.
In the Joplin area, the legislators who voted against requiring 33 percent of teacher evaluations to be based on test scores were Rep. Bill White, R-Joplin, and Rep. Charlie Davis, R-Webb City.
Those votes that were considered "courageous" by Jones, were cast by area legislators Bill Lant, R-Joplin; Bill Reiboldt, R-Seneca; Mike Kelley, R-Lamar, and Tom Flanigan, R-Carthage.
"The major big, courageous bills on education will have to wait another year," Jones said. "The educational establishment is too powerful, the superintendents, the teachers' unions, especially in the rural areas."
"We're just speaking for the kids," Jones said, "and I guess the kids need a more powerful lobbyist."