JEFFERSON CITY, Mo.- As of 1:00 p.m., this afternoon, December 1, 2017, The Missouri State Board of Education voted to oust Education Commissioner Margie Vandeven.
According to the Associated Press, Gov. Eric Greitens has been trying to get a majority of board members to fire Vandeven, but the attempt failed on a 4-4 tie vote last week when another Greitens appointee, Claudia Onate Greim, broke ranks and voted to keep Vandeven. Reports indicate that Greim put her resignation yesterday.
This morning, Greitens appointed another new member to the State Board of Education. Eric Teeman is a former Raytown alderman and owner of Visiting Angels, a care provider for seniors. Hours later the board voted 5-3 to remove Vandeven.
In a statement, Gov. Eric Greitens called the board’s vote “a major step in the right direction as we work to improve public education in Missouri.”
Responses have began to flood in from around the state, Senate Democratic Leader Gina Walsh says Missourians who care about schools should be outraged. House Minority Leader Gail McCann Beatty called the ouster “the worst abuse of political power by a Missouri governor in living memory.”