The Missouri State Teachers Association has several issues it plans to lobby for in the coming legislative session that starts on Wednesday.
The issue the MSTA has been fighting is a bill regulating online communication between teachers and students. MSTA spokesman Todd Fuller says school districts now need to have a policy in place for that type of communication, but the MSTA didn’t like what they were seeing. Fuller says the policies were often too restrictive, so MSTA wrote their own policy.
The other issue is that the state wants to apply for a waiver from No Child Left Behind. Fuller says the proposition to apply for a waiver from the NCLB is not a good idea.
He says there are also problems with the funding for the mandates that would come with the waiver. The other legislative issues the MSTA will be looking at include online communication between teachers and students and teacher tenure.
AUDIO Allison Blood reports. Mp3 [1:03]