Missouri senators step back from eliminating tenure

Tuesday, April 3, 2012 ~ Updated 7:15 PM

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Missouri senators have stepped back for now from an effort to abolish tenure for public school teachers.

Senate debate on phasing out tenure ended Tuesday with a 17-15 vote to keep tenure in place while creating a task force to examine teacher pay and effectiveness.

Opponents of tenure contend it protects poor teachers by making it too expensive and time-consuming to replace them. Schools seeking to remove a tenured teacher must provide written charges specifying the grounds for dismissal and offer a hearing.

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Teacher tenure is SB806

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Legislature: http://www.moga.mo.gov

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