WHEREAS, the State of Missouri recognizes
the need to provide all students with opportunities to receive a
world-class education that will enable them to be successful in
our global economy; and
WHEREAS, the State of Missouri has
set high standards that challenge students and our public schools
to meet rigorous academic expectations; and
WHEREAS, Missouri recognizes that
a well-qualified teacher is the most important determinant of a
student's success in school and that many of the state's "hard-to-staff"
schools do not have a sufficient supply of qualified teachers; and
WHEREAS, recent federal legislation
specifies that every public school classroom must have a well-qualified
teacher by 2005; and
WHEREAS, business leaders in Missouri
recognize that a well-trained and well-educated workforce is critically
important to the competitiveness and creativity of existing businesses
as well as to the state's future economic stability and growth;
WHEREAS, Missouri business leaders
recognize they can play a significant role in working with educators
and policy makers to develop comprehensive and innovative policies
and programs that will improve the recruitment and retention of
qualified teachers for Missouri schools, including those that face
the greatest challenges.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Bob Holden, Governor
of the State of Missouri, by the power vested in me by the Laws
and Constitution of the State of Missouri, do hereby order and direct
the creation of the Missouri Business Education Roundtable.
The purpose of the Missouri Business Education Roundtable shall
be to examine current and projected needs for teachers in public
schools, the effectiveness of current policies and programs that
focus on the recruitment and retention of teachers, and the unique
needs and concerns of hard-to-staff schools.
The Missouri Business Education Roundtable shall also address topics
including, but not limited to: financial incentives used to attract
qualified individuals to the teaching profession and to schools
with the greatest needs; innovative approaches to mentoring and
team-teaching programs for new teachers; the current status of teacher
preparation programs in Missouri institutions of higher education,
including alternative certification and internship programs; the
professional-development needs of new teachers; and any other relevant
education policies that may be identified.
The Missouri Business Education Roundtable shall be composed of
not more than 40 members appointed by the Governor. Members shall
include the Governor and shall include at least 4 representatives
from the Missouri General Assembly, two of whom shall be from one
political party and two of whom shall be from the other. The Roundtable
membership shall also include state government employees, business
and community leaders, and representatives of educational institutions
and professional organizations. The Governor shall serve as the
chairperson of the Roundtable with the authority to appoint one
or more co-chairs at his discretion. The members of the Missouri
Business Education Roundtable shall serve at the pleasure of the
Governor and shall serve without compensation, except that the members
may be reimbursed for reasonable and necessary expenses arising
from the Roundtable's activity or business. Such expenses shall
be paid by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education,
to which the Roundtable is assigned for administrative purposes.
In the interests of keeping the public informed, the Missouri Business
Education Roundtable shall report its recommendations and strategies
for implementing such recommendations to the Governor, The Speaker
of the Missouri House of Representatives, the President Pro Tem
of the Senate, the members of the State Board of Education, and
the members of the Coordinating Board for Higher Education. Such
report shall be submitted by June 30 of each year beginning in 2003.
The Roundtable may also submit such interim reports as are necessary
to keep the public informed of its progress.
The Missouri Business Education Roundtable shall convene no later
than April 1, 2002.
This Executive Order shall expire three years from the date on
which it is issued, unless the Missouri Business Education Roundtable
is reauthorized by a later Executive Order.
|| IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand
and caused to be affixed the Great Seal of the State of Missouri,
in the City of Jefferson, on this 18th day of March 2002.
||[Bob Holden's signature]
[Matt Blunt's signature]
SECRETARY OF STATE
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