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Greitens fails to force firing of education commissioner

Missouri’s commissioner of education survived a rare move to oust her by appointees of Republican Gov. Eric Greitens.

The State Board of Education, though stacked with appointees by Greitens, did not vote in favor of firing Margie Vandeven in a closed-door meeting Tuesday. The board tied 4-4. It is scheduled to meet again Dec. 1.

Greitens appointed five of the eight board members in recent months, though he’s had trouble getting his appointees to be on the same page.

Tim Sumners was dropped from the board on Monday night, because he expressed reservations about removing Vandeven. Greitens named Jennifer Edwards to the board shortly before the meeting. She voted to remove Vandeven.

A number of education groups and lawmakers praised the board’s decision to retain Vandeven. Charles Smith of the Missouri National Education Association said the vote “should end the unnecessary chaos created by Gov. Greitens.”

Read more: St. Louis Public Radio, Kansas City Star

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