SB 1060
Alters provisions relating to teacher termination proceedings
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Last Action:
2/4/2008 - Second Read and Referred S Education Committee
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Effective Date:
August 28, 2008

Current Bill Summary

SB 1060 – Current law allows local school districts to dismiss tenured teachers for certain causes after following certain administrative procedures. This act amends such procedures to allow teachers the right to request a preliminary hearing about the dismissal before an impartial hearing officer; however, the board would retain the authority to make the final decision as to whether the teacher is dismissed.

School boards or superintendents must notify teachers at least sixty days before formal notice is served, rather than the current thirty day notice requirement. If the teacher requests a preliminary hearing, the superintendent must contact the Labor and Industrial Relations Commission, which must follow procedures described in the act for the selection of a hearing officer and for the hearing itself. The act directs the Labor and Industrial Relations Commission to promulgate rules for the hearings. The school district must pay the costs of the preliminary hearing, except for the teacher's counsel. The hearing will be open to the public unless the teacher requests that the hearing be closed.

The hearing officer must provide an advisory opinion within thirty days after the hearing. Within thirty days of the receipt of this opinion, the school board must provide notice to the teacher as to the board's intention.

If a school district suspends a teacher until a final decision is rendered, the teacher is entitled to receive salary and benefits during the suspension. Currently, teachers are only guaranteed salary. If the hearing officer's opinion is in favor of dismissal, the teacher's benefits and salary may be suspended; however, such benefits will be repaid if the board reverses the decision of the hearing officer.

After the preliminary hearing, the teacher is entitled to a hearing before the board, which will be open to the public unless the teacher requests that it be closed. The record of the preliminary hearing shall be part of the records of the board meeting. The teacher may appeal the final decision of the school board to the circuit court of the county where the employing school district is located as described in the act.

This act repeals the current tenure law for the St. Louis school district and brings the district within the tenure system for the rest of the state.

This act is similar to SB 118 (2005), SB 1088 (2006), SB 561 (2007).