In a one-sided profile in West and MidRivers News Magazine, the senator quotes one of her colleagues as saying the men in the legislature were intimidated by her (actually, my sources tell me Mrs. Cunningham didn't frighten them; they just thought she was a nut), teachers and superintendents run Jefferson City, and her interest in education came from the wonderful three years she spent as a member of the Ladue School Board.
Hopefully, someone will challenge that last one. By the time she was finished on the Ladue School Board, she had alienated just about everyone and she was beaten in her bid for re-election. Ladue has always been a high-performing school district, but after Mrs. Cunningham's defeat, it and all other public schools became the source of everything that is wrong in education, and teachers, in particular, became public enemy number one.
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And these thoughts: