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The Rolla Daily News - Rolla, MO
  • Westerman calls measure unfair, hateful

  • In the Newburg R-II School District, Superintendent of Schools John Westerman said his school district would be devastated if Constitutional Amendment 3 would pass.
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  • In the Newburg R-II School District, Superintendent of Schools John Westerman said his school district would be devastated if Constitutional Amendment 3 would pass.
    "Teachers would no longer be paid based upon years of service or level of education.  Salary schedules would be thrown out the window," said Westerman, who has served as the district's superintendent since 2009. "This is a terribly unfair and hateful idea."
    The Newburg School District has around 400 students in grades K-12 and 46 teachers on staff.
    Westerman told the Daily News that he sees this amendment as an attack on public education and teachers in particular.
    "Performance data is already a component in the teacher evaluation process—as it should be," he said. "However, to solely link a professional educator’s career, pay, promotion and retention upon the performance of their students is a cynical attempt of the enemies of public education to destroy the credibility and respect the public has for teachers."
    He added that he wants his teachers to teach well and his students to learn well.
    However, he explained, "This Amendment 3 is nothing but an attempt to totally destroy our public school system and pave the way for a combination of education in private schools and for-profit cooperatives through a voucher system."
    He noted that the tradition of school district boards being guided by elected citizens would give way to administrative boards answerable to private companies and non-profit organizations.
    "This amendment is about money and control," Westerman concluded. "It has nothing to do with improving the quality of education in Missouri."

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