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Springfield Public School teachers are making some big decisions today by voting on which organization will represent them in negotiations with the school district. KSMU’s Chasity Mayes reports.
It has been a long time coming for local teachers eager to exercise their power of collective bargaining. Springfield Public Schools’ teachers, counselors and librarians are voting on which organization will represent them. The Missouri National Education Association and Missouri State Teachers Association or MSTA are on the ballot. There’s also the option of choosing no representation.
The vote will impact how the school district negotiates teachers’ salaries and benefits along with other significant decisions within the district.
Todd Fuller, spokesperson for MSTA says that being represented by a teaching organization offers a variety of benefits.
Each Springfield teacher, counselor and librarian who is eligible to vote in the election has been assigned to one of five local high schools as their personal voting location. Those teachers whose names appear on the voter eligibility list have received an election notice as well as information on where they are required to vote.
Polling is taking place today from 3:30 p.m. until 7:30 this evening.
For KSMU News, I’m Chasity Mayes.