Making a full frontal attack on education, Scott Dieckhaus bulldozes this omnibus bill.
Notice his rude refusal of recognition to Reps. Aull and McNeil
(I submit only this item from the past three days of Otto Fajen’s report because of its egregious attack on education and the manner(s) of its proposer. Please contact your Reps for corrective action in this matter.)
Missouri NEA Weekly Legislative Update Week 8, No. 3, February 22, 2012
By Otto Fajen MNEA Legislative Director
HOUSE EDUCATION COMMITTEE APPROVES OMNIBUS BILL
The House Elementary and Secondary Education Committee approved an HCS version for HB 1740 (Scott Dieckhaus) on February 22 in a contentious executive session.
1 repeals teacher tenure for all new hires and eliminates use of seniority in reduction in force,
2 repeals the minimum teacher salary for teachers with Master’s degrees and ten or more years of teaching,
3 contains a tax-credit style voucher for students of unaccredited districts to attend private schools,
4 adds charter school expansion and accountability similar to HCS/HB 1228 (Tishaura Jones),
5 creates statewide virtual district school and virtual charter school open enrollment,
6 includes provisions allowing accredited districts to establish class-size capacity standards with regard to student transfers from unaccredited districts,
7 contains the provisions of HCS/HB 1174 (Mike Lair) to allow the State Board of Education to hold a hearing and act to revise the governance of a school district when it becomes unaccredited, rather than automatically lapsing the district after two years, and
8 contains the provisions of HCS/HB 1043 (Mike Thomson) regarding distribution of school formula funds when the formula is underfunded.
Rep. Joe Aull attempted to divide the question to allow a separate vote on tenure repeal, but Rep. Dieckhaus would not recognize him to make that motion. Rep. Dieckhaus also denied Rep. Margo McNeil further time to speak to her concerns on the bill when she described the tax credit provision as a voucher.
The committee ultimately approved the HCS without amendment by a 13-9 vote. Reps. Dieckhaus, Cookson, Bahr, Barnes, Burlison, Cierpiot, Funderburk, Leara, McNary, Neth, Schad, Scharnhorst and Stream voted in favor. Reps. Anders, Aull, Fitzwater, (Tishaura) Jones, Lampe, McNeil, Shively, Swinger and Thomson voted against the bill. Reps. Carter and Frederick were not present for the vote.
The Association strongly opposes the tenure repeal, charter school expansion, virtual school open enrollment and tax credit-style voucher portions of the bill. Stay tuned for an upcoming action alert to all state representatives concerning HB 1740. The bill is likely to be brought to the House floor for debate early next week.