For Immediate Release:
May 16, 2013

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Education Reform Legislation sponsored by Sen. Jamilah Nasheed Passes the  General Assembly and Heads to the Governor

JEFFERSON CITY — Legislation of benefit to the St. Louis School District was voted through the Senate yesterday (5-15), making it the first education reform measure to pass the General Assembly in almost a decade. Senate Bill 125, sponsored by Sen. Jamilah Nasheed, D-St. Louis, will create greater accountability for teachers by streamlining the dismissal process for ineffective teachers.

“It is no secret that the St. Louis School District is home to many fine and dedicated educators,” Sen. Nasheed stated. “The point of this legislation is to ensure that effective teachers remain in their positions, while allowing struggling teachers to move forward to new opportunities.”

The legislation also makes statutory what is known as the “St. Louis Plan,” under which teacher dismissals are operated jointly by the teachers’ union and the school administration.

Senate Bill 125 now heads to the governor’s desk to await his signature. Once signed, it will take effect Aug. 28.

To remain current on any of Sen. Nasheed’s legislative actions, please visit her Missouri Senate website at