Amendment 3

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With the General Election only a few weeks away, Making Democracy Work continues to focus on voter education and information.

This week, host HuePing Chin speaks with Dan Ponder, L.E. Meador Professor of Political Science and Director of the Meador Center for Politics and Citizenship at Drury University. 

For many Missouri health advocates, an increase in the state's tobacco tax is long overdue. But onlookers might be surprised to hear that tobacco companies are spending a fortune this election year to get one or another increase in that tax passed, while health groups are urging a no vote.

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With more than 98 percent of precincts reporting on Tuesday night, 73 percent of Missouri voters said no to Amendment 3, which would have changed the way teachers are evaluated, compensated and employed in Missouri.

Kittilu Maxson, president of Springfield’s National Education Association, was happy with the result.  

“If the amendment had passed, it would have meant an extra testing burden on our students which would have been a burden on our teachers as well, and the cost would have been put on the taxpayers locally,” Maxson said.

Missouri voters have four constitutional amendments on the November ballot. The amendments cover a wide array of issues, ranging from early voting to the admissibility of prior sex crimes, teacher tenure and the governor's power over the state budget.

Amendment 2

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The Springfield Public Schools Board of Education has unanimously adopted a resolution to officially oppose amendment 3 on the November ballot.  The amendment would change the way teachers are evaluated, compensated and employed in Missouri.

The Nixa Public Schools board passed a similar resolution in opposition of the amendment at its September 11 meeting. The SPS decision on Tuesday night came just hours after a local group voiced their concerns over the ballot initiative.

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Opponents of a proposed constitutional amendment changing how Missouri’s teachers are evaluated say the November ballot initiative would render local school boards obsolete.

A group called Conservatives Protecting Our Local Schools, which includes some Republican southwest Missouri lawmakers, offered their views during a press conference in Ozark on Tuesday.