Education State of the States


By Debra Viadero — January 19, 2005 1 min read

Missouri’s newly inaugurated governor, in his first day on the job, Jan. 10, pledged to make education a top priority.

Gov. Matt Blunt

In an inaugural address that was short on specifics, Gov. Matt Blunt, a Republican who previously was Missouri’s secretary of state, said he would “strive to ensure that every young Missourian has the education they deserve.”

A spokesman for the governor said Mr. Blunt would offer his specific plans for education in his budget address next month.

Mr. Blunt, who at 34 is the nation’s youngest current governor, comes to office at a historic moment: For the first time in 120 years, the state’s governorship and both chambers of its legislature are under Republican control.

A version of this article appeared in the January 19, 2005 edition of Education Week