2012 Initiative Petitions
Approved for Circulation in Missouri
Constitutional Amendment to Article IX, Relating to Teachers and Certificated Staff, 2012-138
Be it resolved by the people of the state of Missouri that the Constitution be amended:
Article IX is amended by adopting five new sections to be known as Article IX, Sections 3(d), 3(e), 3(f), 3(g), and 3(h), to read as follows:
Section 3(d). All teachers and certificated staff shall be at will employees unless a contract is entered into between a school district and teacher or certificated staff i) prior to the effective date of this section; or ii) pursuant to the provisions of sections 3(e), 3(f), and 3(g) of this article.
Section 3(e). No school district receiving any state funding or local tax revenue funding shall enter into new contracts having a term or duration in excess of three years with teachers or certificated staff.
Section 3(f). Notwithstanding any provisions of this constitution, no school district which uses seniority or duration of employment as a basis, in whole or in part, to retain, remove, promote or demote teachers shall receive any state funding or local tax revenue funding.
Section 3(g). Notwithstanding any provisions of this constitution, every school district shall develop and use local performance standards to retain, remove, promote, demote and set compensation for teachers in such school district, the majority of such standards shall be based upon quantifiable student performance data as measured by objective criteria.
Section 3(h). Nothing in sections 3(d) through 3(h) of this article shall infringe upon the rights of employees to collectively bargain as provided in article I, section 29 of this Constitution.