Pete Herschend affirmed he wasn't proposing school vouchers last week and said students have a right to be educated.
Though he said he wasn't a proponent of vouchers he did say he believes all Missouri children have the right to the best education available.
Herschend, who was recently reappointed by Governor Matt Blunt to the State Board of Education, apparently did not mention whether he favors the infamous tuition tax credits, a thinly disguised effort to open the door for vouchers. He also says nothing about the only political contribution he has made to a Missouri candidate this year, according to Missouri Ethics Commission documents- a maximum contribution to the most outspoken pro-voucher legislator in Missouri, Rep. Jane Cunningham, R-Chesterfield, who is mounting a run for the Senate. Herschend's wife also contributed the maximum to Mrs. Cunningham.
And why would Herschend be the first non-voucher supporter appointed by the governor? If Blunt, a keynote speaker at the 2006 convention of the nation's top pro-voucher organization, All Children Matter, appoints a candidate, it is a sure bet that candidate is designed to keep that All Children Matter/Rex Sinquefield money pouring into the old campaign coffers.