Fillibuster over teacher certification
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Fillibuster over teacher certification

Date: February 27, 2008
By: Brooke Hasch
State Capitol Bureau
Links: SB 1066

Intro: St. Louis County Democratic St. Louis Senator Joan Bray stood alone in opposition to a teacher certification bill.

Brooke Hasch (HASH) has more from Jefferson City.

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Bray's opposition ultimately led to a filibuster, with only herself to contribute.
 
Bray says this bill that would allow any person in a professional field to become a certified teacher is a dangerous experiment.

 

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Description: I am not convinced that someone taking their two week vacation to qualify to be a teacher is a way you get better qualified teachers.

 

Sponsor and Republican Senator Luann Ridgeway says that Missouri has seen a shortage in teachers over the years.

Ridgeway says this is an alternative way of getting more qualified teachers in the classroom and is in the students' best interest.

Eventually, by the evening, Bray sat down and the Senate passed by the bill by an overwhelming margin.

From the State Capitol, this is Brooke Hasch.


Intro: An alternative teacher certification bill led to a day-long filibuster in the Senate before winning late-evening approval.

Brooke Hasch (HASH) has more from Jefferson City.

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Republican Senator Luann Ridgeway sponsored the bill that would allow any person in a professional field to teach full-time in a public school.

Ridgeway said this provides people with an opportunity to see what it's like in the classroom before they quit their previous job.

 

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Description: You've been in the house of  Representatives. You've served on the Senate. You're the minority leader and the state of Missouri has the audacity to say that you're not qualified to teach high school government? Give me a break!


But on the other side, St. Louis County Senator Joan Bray led her own one woman filibuster as she was the only one in opposition of the bill.

From the State Capitol, this is Brooke Hasch.