Missouri voters will be deciding in November on a proposed constitutional amendment that would make significant changes in the way teachers are evaluated and employed in Missouri. The measure is known as Amendment 3 and is being supported by organizations funded by billionaire Rex Sinquefield. The proposal is a state mandate that shifts local control away from parents, teachers, administrators and school boards. The proposal requires districts to adopt and implement a standards-based evaluation system approved by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education for certified employees. The majority of the evaluation system must be based on student performance data and the evaluation must be used in determining compensation.
Amendment 3 is a poorly drafted and deeply flawed proposal that strips local school boards of much of their authority to make educational decisions on behalf of students. Among other things it would prevent school boards from hiring, promoting, compensating or dismissing teachers in accordance with board policy. This issue does not belong in the Missouri Constitution. MSBA strongly opposes Amendment 3 and will urge Missourians to vote against the measure on the November ballot.
The Missouri School Boards’ Association’s Board of Directors has agreed unanimously to select Melissa Randol as executive director of the Missouri School Boards’ Association effective July 1, 2015. The Board of Directors made the decision at its meeting in Columbia on Saturday, July 12. Randol will succeed Dr. Carter Ward who is retiring as executive director effective June 30, 2015 after serving in that position for more than 30 years. Randol currently serves as MSBA’s deputy executive director and general counsel. She has been employed by MSBA for the past 20 years.
“This was an easy choice for the MSBA Board of Directors. Melissa is a uniquely qualified and an incredibly talented individual who has tremendous passion for local boards of education and for public education in Missouri. She is the obvious choice to lead MSBA into the future and to build on the outstanding organization led so effectively by Dr. Ward for the past 31 years,” says MSBA President Doug Whitehead, a school board member from Jefferson City.
“I am humbled and honored that the MSBA Board of Directors has selected me for this position. It is a tremendous responsibility and I look forward to ensuring that the Missouri School Boards’ Association continues the important work of helping local boards of education succeed in their critical role as education leaders in their communities,” says Randol.