- Missouri Representatives Denny Hoskins and Jeff Messenger were removed from the state's House Fiscal Oversight Committee by House Speaker Tim Jones because they blocked an education reform Senate bill by voting on policy instead of fiscal analysis.
- The bill, aimed at creating a new achievement-based educator evaluation system directly tied into teacher tenure, was the state Senate's version of a House bill shot down earlier this month and a piece of legislation that Jones has made a priority for the session.
- Jones has since replaced Hoskins and Messenger with freshman Representatives Sonya Anderson and Kathy Swan, who he says “completely understand the purpose of fiscal review.”
From the article:
... “Education reform is an important priority for this entire state,” Jones said. “I think many people are very much afraid of the political ramifications back home. It takes a lot of courage to stand up against the educational institution in this state.” ...