Missouri superintendents seek some sunshine

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Fed up with restrictions that prevent them from sharing information about teacher performance and misconduct, district superintendents in Missouri are fighting back.

Districts often allow teachers to resign to avoid being fired, and in fact encourage such resignations to avoid lengthy and expensive termination proceedings. But when other districts unwittingly hire these teachers, who appear to have a clean record but don't, it's clear that children's interests are not being protected.

Twenty-two Missouri superintendents are looking for legal protection to give districts some right to know why a teacher left a previous district.

While there is no clear plan of action, the Attorney General has promised to raise the issue with the state legislature.