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Bill to end College Tenure Dropped

February 23, 2005
By: Daniel Frumson
State Capital Bureau

A State Representative withdraws a bill to eliminate college tenrue. Dan Frumson has more from the state Capitol.

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House Republican Mark Wright withdrew his bill eliminating college tenure because he says the bill sparked the kind of debate and support he hoped for. Wright says larger economic issues could push his tenure bill to the next session.

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"And that's fine. But if I start the process and start the discussion, it's something that I'm willing to commit to another year to. See and I'm in my last term. So I only have another two years in the legislature and this is something I'd like to get accomplished before I leave."

Wright says tenure in higher education needs to be more limited. From the state Capitol, I'm Dan Frumson

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A House Republican might not be pushing for the elimination of college tenure. Dan Frumson has more from the state Capitol.

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Republican Representative Mark Wright decided to withdraw his bill calling for the elimination of college tenure. Instead, Wright will re-draft the bill to revise the current tenure laws so that Universities are better equiped.

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"Right now there's a three year process in the tenure laws, when... it's possible that a professor's going to be sanctioned or terminated; it takes a three year process. That's too long. So I want to stream-line the process."

Wright also said there is plenty of support for the revision of tenure laws from Missouri's academic community. From the state Capitol, I'm Dan Frumson.

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