FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, April 25, 2013
Contact: Communications Department, (573) 526-0949
Initiative Petition Relating to Teacher Performance Evaluation Systems Approved for Circulation for 2014 Ballot
Jefferson City, Mo. — Secretary of State Jason Kander today announced that an initiative petition relating to teacher performance evaluation systems met state standards for circulation.
The official ballot title for the petition reads:
Shall the Missouri Constitution be amended to:
- require teachers to be evaluated by a standards based performance evaluation system for which each local school district must receive state approval to continue receiving state and local funding;
- require teachers to be dismissed, retained, demoted, promoted and paid primarily using quantifiable student performance data as part of the evaluation system;
- require teachers to enter into contracts of three years or fewer with public school districts; and
- prohibit teachers from organizing or collectively bargaining regarding the design and implementation of the teacher evaluation system?
Decisions by school districts regarding provisions allowed or required by this proposal and their implementation will influence the potential costs or savings impacting each district. Significant potential costs may be incurred by the state and/or the districts if new/additional evaluation instruments must be developed to satisfy the proposal’s performance evaluation requirements.
The petition, which would amend Article IX of the Missouri Constitution, was submitted by Mr. Marc Ellinger, 308 E. High Street, Suite 301, Jefferson City, MO 65101 (573) 634-2500.
Before any constitutional changes can be brought before Missouri voters in the November2014 election, signatures must be obtained from registered voters equal to eight (8) percent of the total votes cast in the 2012 governor's election from six of the state's eight congressional districts.
Signatures on behalf of all initiative petitions for the 2014 ballot are due to the secretary of state’s office by no later than 5 p.m. on May 4, 2014.
Before circulating petitions, state law requires that groups must first have the form of their petition approved by the secretary of state and attorney general. The secretary of state then prepares a summary statement of no more than 100 words and the state auditor prepares a fiscal impact statement, both of which are subject to the approval of the attorney general. When both statements are approved, they become the official ballot title.
Visit www.sos.mo.gov to learn more about the Office of the Missouri Secretary of State.
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