Missouri school districts build opposition to Amendment 3 - KMOV.com

Missouri school districts build opposition to Amendment 3

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By Elizabeth Eisele By Elizabeth Eisele

(KMOV.com) – Many school districts have told News 4 they support an effort to oppose Amendment 3, a ballot measure that would tie student test scores to teacher evaluations and tenure in Missouri

More than 175 school districts are opposed to the ballot measure. The measure would tie teacher evaluations to standardized test scores for students and it would also limit future teacher contracts to three years.

“Loss of local control is the big issue,” said Fort Zumwalt Superintendent Dr. Bernard Dubray.

“I just think its bad for Missouri,” said St. Charles School District Superintendent Dr. Jeff Marion.

Some districts have said they would not be able to come up with the money to fund the testing. Recent budget cuts have already hurt classroom instruction and districts are already spread thin.

“I think it’s going to create a lot of animosity between teachers and staff members. When you assign students to a class, teachers are going to start looking at what students they get, behavioral issues, academic problems. Do they want to take on those tough situations when that may have everything to their future and salary,” DuBray said.

The group that sponsored the initiative announced it would stop campaigning for the amendment after public opinion polling showed lack of support.

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