The National Council on Teacher Quality scores Missouri a “D” overall. The report looks at thirty-three specific goals. Those goals include recruiting new teachers, retaining good teachers and getting rid of the ineffective ones. The report criticizes what it calls a practice of awarding tenure virtually automatically and for allowing fired teachers multiple appeals. The Missouri State Teacher’s Association takes issue with that. Todd Fuller is the M-S-T-A’s spokesman. He tells The Eagle 93.9 that Missouri’s tenure process is more vigorous than most other states.
The policy report was funded by a collection of private foundations, including the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Fisher Family Foundation.