The State Board of Education is beginning the process of searching for a new Commissioner of Education to replace ousted Margie Vandeven. There are a few ways for you to make your thoughts on the matter know to the State Board.

1.  SBE Survey

This three question survey (really two question) is fairly open ended. The first question asks what is the most pressing issue in education in Missouri. The second asks what they should be looking for in a candidate. Think about:

  • What prior associations should the board be on the look out for in prospective candidates?
  • What qualifications are deal breakers for you?
  • Where should they be looking?
  • Who (either specifically or ideologically) do you really NOT want to see in that position?

The last question asks you to define yourself. Please note that there IS a category for Community Member. Since we all pay property tax that funds our public schools, we all have a say in how that money is used. To the extent that the state, through the Commissioner and DESE, dictates what our schools must do, we all have a stake in the selection of a Commissioner. Please do not let the fact that you do not have children currently in the public school hold you back from responding.

2.    Public Hearing

Public hearing to gather input on the characteristics that Missourians would like to see in the next commissioner.

January 8
2-5 p.m.
State Board of Education Room 205 Jefferson St., Jefferson City, MO
on the first floor of the Jefferson Building

The room is small, and the overflow room is not very large either. We encourage people to attend but plan to get there early if you want to get in.

3.   Apply for the Position

The application period for Missouri Commissioner of Education is open from now through 4:30 p.m. on January 8, 2018. More information is available here:

Anne Gassel

Anne has been writing on MEW since 2012 and has been a citizen lobbyist on Common Core since 2013. Some day she would like to see a national Hippocratic oath for educators “I will remember that there is an art to teaching as well as science, and that warmth, sympathy and understanding are sometimes more important than policy or what the data say. My first priority is to do no harm to the children entrusted to my temporary care.”

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