Adrian R-III Board of Education adopts resolution opposing Amendment 3

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Press Release from the Missouri School Boards’ Association - A proposed amendment to the Missouri Constitution, Amendment 3, will significantly impact the way public school districts hire, evaluate and terminate certified staff. If Amendment 3 is approved at the General Election held on Nov. 4, 2014, it will go into effect Dec. 4, 2014. The full text of the proposed amendment can be found at: www.sos.mo.gov/elections/2014ballot/.

The core message from the Missouri School Boards’ Assocation (MSBA) is: Amendment 3 must be defeated because it treats students like numbers and takes control away from parents, teachers and local school districts and hands it to Jefferson City politicians. This costly amendment is a one-size-fits-all approach to our children that would force taxpayers to spend money on even more government-mandated standarized tests.

The Adrian R-III adopted the following resolution:
WHEREAS, Amendment 3 on the November ballot is a state mandate that shifts local control for education decisions away from parents, teachers, administrators and school boards; and
WHEREAS, Amendment 3 is poorly drafted and a deeply flawed proposal that has many unintended consequences for teachers, administrators and school boards; and
WHEREAS, Amendment 3 would prevent school boards from hiring, promoting, compensating or dismissing teachers in accordance with board policy; and
WHEREAS, Amendment 3 would force taxpayers to pay for additional standardized tests at a time when our public schools remain significantly underfunded by the state; and
WHEREAS, Amendment 3 significantly changes teacher evaluations away from a tool to improve teacher performance;
Therefore be it RESOLVED, the Adrian R-III Board of Education on this 26th day of August, 2014, hereby opposes Amendment 3 on the November ballot.

Pictured: R-III Board President Tom Underwood (left), pictured with Superintendent Don Lile (right), signs a proclamation on behalf of the school board that opposes Amendment 3.