As state legislators head back to Jeff city on Jan. 9, Republicans have a strong majority and total control with no veto power from the dems in the house . Speaker of the house Tim Jones R-Eureka intends on enacting change since increasing money has not increased student achievement. He intends on moving forward with the deal made last session of rewarding and punishing teachers depending on the academic achievement of their students. He also plans on modeling a processed used in New Jersey which makes it harder for teachers to recieve tenure and easier for them to lose it. Senator David Pearce R-Warrensburg intends on creating legislation to eliminate the 2-year waiting period given to districts after they lose accreditation before the state can get involved. If this occurs, the state will be immediately taking over Normandy, which lost its accreditation recently. Lea Crusey, director of Student Frist also suggest evaluations be alignned with student achievement statistics.
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