The search for Missouri’s next top education official has begun nearly 10 months after the last one was fired.
The state board of education began accepting applications last week.
The board fired former Commissioner Margie Vandeven last year after former Gov. Eric Greitens stacked the board with his appointees. The Republican wanted Vandeven replaced. But efforts to replace her were delayed following pushback from state senators, who balked at the dismissal and did not confirm Greitens’ appointees.
He has since resigned in scandal, and new Gov. Mike Parson replaced his appointees on the school board with people who faced considerably less pushback.
A version of this article appeared in the September 26, 2018 edition of Education Week as Revamped School Board Starts Search for New Schools Chief for Missouri