In one of C. J. Huff's first interviews since he became a finalist for Missouri Commissioner of Education, he let everyone know that this state is filled with poverty.
And, of course, he is the one who will come in riding in on a white horse to save Missouri. (Save your pity for the horse.)
In Joplin, we were not aware we were that poor until C. J. Huff began reminding us of it over and over until he was sure we got the message.
The next thing you can expect is that Huff gets the job, he will start talking about how no one was interested in education in the state of Missouri and did not care if their children graduated until he became Commissioner of Education and let them know how important it was.
Huff's comments came in an interview with St. Louis Public Radio.
Districts across the state are struggling. One of the things we have to do as a state is to own up to the fact that we are one of the most impoverished states in the country. We need to come up with ways to work with the legislature to support our children and families to make sure those kids come to school every day ready to learn. We also need high expectations and believe that every kid has the ability to learn at high levels.
Huff also explained how he would help the state reach its goal of being one of the top 10 states by 2020:
And this is why Huff said he was the best candidate for Commissioner of Education:
No bad ideas?
How big of a ribbon is he going to want to wrap around Jefferson City?