Wheeling and dealing - State Senate wants teacher tenures doubled to 10 years

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Missouri News Horizon
- As the 2012 legislative session winds down, the state Senate has turned its attention to several education bills.

On Tuesday, Senate President Pro Tem Robert Mayer said there is still time to take up several pieces of unfinished education legislation this session, including a controversial bill to double the amount of time a teacher must work before receiving tenure, from five to 10 years.

Passage of that bill may allow several other pieces of legislation related to school accreditation and the expansion of charter schools to pass through the general assembly by the end of the legislative session early next month.

“I think that we still have an opportunity to revise those bills and fix them and send them down to the House, but the time certainly is ticking.”

A final vote on teacher tenure in the senate is expected later this week.