The Briefing: Proposed legislation would end tenure in Missouri

Rep. Rick Brattin's proposed bill would end the tenure system in Missouri as a public money-saving measure. Courtesy of rickbrattin.com

Rep. Rick Brattin, a Republican from Harrisonville, has proposed a bill that would end the tenure system in Missouri as a public money-saving measure.

The bill would come into effect in 2018. It would not remove tenure from professors who have already achieved it, but would cease tenure-track hiring, the Kansas City Star reported. It would also “require public colleges to publish estimated costs of degrees, employment opportunities expected for graduates, average salaries of previous graduates, and a summary of the job market” for each degree.

“Tenure, I think, is outdated and needless,” Brattin said in an interview with the Star. “We have employment discrimination laws, and whistleblower laws to protect people from being removed unjustly.’’

In addition to saving money, Brattin said the bill would give schools more flexibility and put education more in line with other industries.

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