Friday, December 15, 2017

Ed Emery: I know somebody who would make a good education commissioner

Sen. Ed Emery, R-Lamar, a longtime enemy of public education, has already given a name to Gov. Eric Greitens of someone he thinks would be an excellent replacement for fired Education Commissioner Margie Vandeven.

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.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Mr. Emery,
I am a republican AND an educator. I am in favor of charter schools because I think choices are a good thing--not everyone needs the same thing.
I am NOT in favor of taking away public education. For true choice, you shouldn't eliminate something.
I just finished an article on Fox News that indicated the real issue is mismanagement of funds which included teacher union demands and 'perks' that are nice (like free daycare) but are not practical.
There was also a complaint about teacher pensions and that too much is being contributed to them. Teachers in Missouri have quite a bit withheld from their paychecks for their retirement and districts pay in (less) also.
Please do not say that June, July and August are the reason that teachers shouldn't be paid more. There really isn't a summer break for most teachers. Most are busy writing curriculum (with or without pay), working summer school (with pay), taking classes (required without reflective compensation), working on materials and ideas for next year and spending some time with family. Elementary school teachers go into school early (often weeks) to set up their classrooms so the students will have an environment that optimizes learning.
Mr. Emery,
I do not like the state board of education. I think that this board has joined the federal government group to mandate things that aren't necessary or are only good for a few students and not all students. I also do NOT like the positions or beliefs of people like Rex Sinquefield or the late Phyllis Schlafly. They seem to only want to criticize and destroy public education.
Please be sure that when you are whispering suggestions to our governor that you take care of and consider EVERYONE.