The Kansas City Star reports Greitens is pushing to have applications for a new commissioner closed by January 8, which would not allow the board, which does not meet until after that date, to be able to develop criteria for the selection. State law requires that the board selects the commissioner, not the governor:
Missouri Sen. Ed Emery, a Republican from Lamar, said Wednesday that he’d passed the governor the name of a person he thought would fit well as the new education commissioner. But he hadn’t heard back from the governor on that name and said he would not disclose it.
Emery said he had not confirmed information about the governor’s involvement in the process at this point. But he said at a meeting he attended this week with superintendents from around the state that he understood Greitens wanted to “accelerate” the hiring of a new commissioner to get it done by January.
As noted in earlier Turner Report posts, Greitens received more than $700,000 in campaign contributions from charter school proponents, including $100,000 from members of Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos' family.