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Tuesday, January 07, 2014
Nixon appoints retired Kansas City educator to State Board of Education
(From Gov. Jay Nixon)
Gov. Jay Nixon has appointed Dr.John A. Martin, of Kansas City, to the State Board of Education. Dr. Martin served for 16 years as superintendent of the Grandview Schools from 1990 to 2006. He then was deputy superintendent of the St. Louis Public Schools from 2006 to 2007 and most recently served as the interim superintendent of the Kansas City, Missouri Public Schools in 2008.
Prior to the Grandview position, Dr. Martin was an administrator in the Montgomery County (Va.) Schools, and a teacher and administrator in the School District of University City. Dr. Martin, a Democrat, obtained his bachelor's degree in education from Harris Teachers' College (now Harris-Stowe State University) and his master's degree in education from Washington University, and his doctorate in education from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. The Governor has appointed him for a term ending July 1, 2014.
The State Board of Education sets accreditation standards for local school districts, including minimum high school graduation standards and basic requirements for curriculum, staffing and student testing; establishes academic performance standards for public schools; sets education and certification requirements for all professional personnel in public schools (teachers, administrators, librarians, counselors); approves professional education programs in the state's community colleges and four-year colleges and universities, both public and private; and establishes regulations and administrative requirements for the distribution of state and federal funds to school districts.