Missouri’s new Education Commissioner is the same as the last commissioner, who was voted out of the position by former governor Greitens’ appointees dissatisfied with the current direction of state education.
Margie Vandeven was voted out of the commissioner’s seat in December 2017 by a majority of the state education board, five of which, had been appointed by Governor Eric Greitens. This move angered the Missouri Senate, who refused to move on any further Greitens appointments to the board. After Greitens’ subsequent resignation after impeachment threats, Governor Parson filled the vacancies. Vandeven was rehired in late November 2018.
Educators are eager to move to Missouri School Improvement Plan 6, guidelines that list accreditation standards for public schools. Changes from last year’s MSIP standards are listed below.
- Reporting on gifted and English learners as additional subgroups
- Examining “readiness” at each level of schooling
- A greater focus on collaboration with local communities
- More focus on creating safe environments
- More focus on comprehensive school counseling