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Sept. 19, 2014JEFFERSON CITY, Mo.  |  By: AP

Missouri Court Upholds Teacher Ballot Initiative

A Missouri appeals court has rejected a challenge to a November ballot proposal requiring teachers to be evaluated based on student performance.

The decision Thursday by a panel of the Western District appeals court turned down claims that the measure improperly seeks to amend two parts of the constitution at once. The proposal would require that schools base personnel decisions largely on student performance data and would bar unions from collectively bargaining over the details of those evaluation systems. It also would end tenure protections for newly hired staff by limiting contracts to three years.

The measure is opposed by public teacher and administrator groups. It's been supported by prominent political donor Rex Sinquefield. But the group sponsoring the proposed constitutional amendment has said it won't be campaigning for it.