Changing the Course of a Nation

Constitutional Amendment #3


(by petition initiative)

Article IX of the Missouri Constitution establishes the framework for education in Missouri. Section 161 establishes the Department of elementary and secondary education which oversees and supervises public education in the state.

When you cut through all the legal language, this amendment deals with hiring, firing, promoting and disciplining of teachers.

These are not issues that should be placed into the Constitution of the state.

Each local school board should pass its own laws on how they want to run the district as there are no legal obstacles preventing any district from passing these reforms at the school board level right now.

Amendment #3 says this:

Shall the Missouri Constitution be amended to:

  1. 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;
  2. Require teachers to be dismissed, retained, demoted, promoted and paid primarily using quantifiable student performance data as part of the evaluation system;
  3. Require teachers to enter into contracts of three years or fewer with public schooldistricts; and prohibit teachers from organizing or collectively bargaining regarding the design and implementation of the teacher evaluation system?

The Constitution Party recommends voting “NO” on Amendment #3

Please click here to understand the Constitutional viewpoint on “Education”:

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