A former Missouri teacher, turned politician is arguing for his former colleagues to lose their tenure.
Wrap: Republican St. Charles County Representative Scott Dieckhaus was a teacher for four years, one short of gaining tenure under Missouri's current system.
But now, four years later, he's a politician fighting to eliminate teacher tenure for K-12 education in Missouri.
Missouri State Teacher's Association spokesman Todd Fuller says the organization is fully against their former member's bill.
|Description: "As an association, we have been opposed to the bill in its form that focuses on teacher tenure since it's inception."|
Fuller says currently teacher tenure is not a guarantee teachers will stay in their positions if they're not doing their job.
Dieckhaus says his bill aims to improve the quality of Missouri's public schools.
From Jefferson City, I'm Allison Blood. Newsradio 11-20 KMOX
Former teacher and current legislator, Scott Diekhaus says he wants teachers across the state to work harder.
Wrap: Republican St. Charles Representative Scott Dieckhaus is sponsoring a bill to elimiate teacher tenure and tie teacher's salaries to how well their students perform on tests.
|Description: "I think it's ultimately going to result in teachers having to raise the bar."|
Diekhaus was a teacher for four years and a member of the Missouri State Teachers Association for six.
The association's spokesperson says not only are they against this bill but they are not sure why a former teacher would advocate for it.
From Jefferson City, I'm Allison Blood. Newsradio 11-20 KMOX.eliminate
A St. Charles County Representative and former teacher is advocating for Missouri teachers to lose their tenure.
Wrap: Republican Representative from St. Charles, Scott Dieckaus taught for a total of four years in two different districts before becoming a State Representative.
In 2007, he discontinued his membership to the Missouri State Teacher's Association.
The organization's spokesman Todd Fuller says he doesn't understand why a former teacher is sponsoring this effort.
|Description: "He WAS a member of our organization, but not anymore."|
Dieckhaus' bill would also change the way teachers get paid: it would require yearly reviews based on the performance of their students on standardized tests.
Dieckhaus says the aim of this legislation is to ensure only the best teachers are in Missouri's classrooms.
From Jefferson City, I'm Allison Blood. Newsradio 11-20, KMOX.