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April 30, 2013Jefferson City, MO | By: AP
A measure that would impose stricter evaluations for teachers advanced from a Missouri House committee that defeated the measure last week.
The House Fiscal Review Committee cleared the bill for debate yesterday after Republican House Speaker Tim Jones removed two Republicans who joined with Democrats to block the measure last week. Maryville State Representative Mike Thomson was one of the two republicans removed from the committee. Jones named two other Republicans to the panel who voted in favor of advancing the measure yesterday. Democratic Representative Brandon Ellington, of Kansas City, made the request to consider the bill again, despite voting against the legislation. He says he plans to offer amendments on the House floor that will loosen some of the bill's requirements and keep intact certain teacher tenure protections.