The Missouri State Department of Elementary & Secondary Education (DESE) has offered its assessment of education-related legislative initiatives during the 2008 session of the General Assembly. And, Deputy Commissioner of Education Bert Schulte says that while there was not a great number of initiatives that made it through the Legislature, there was a lot of talk about education, which he finds a positive development.
Schulte believes the state will be impacted by alternative teaching legislation whih will allow professionals from other fields to more easily become classroom teachers. He is disappointed that an effort to raise teachers’ salaries failed to get through the Legislature, saying the effort might have passed on its own, but became mired with other priorities. Asked to grade lawmakers, Schulte gives the Legislature a pass.