Missouri’s education commissioner to step down

Chris Nicastro meets students from the Normandy School District in St. Louis. | Courtesy of the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
Chris Nicastro meets students from the Normandy School District in St. Louis. | Courtesy of the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

Missouri Commissioner of Education Chris Nicastro will retire from her position by the end of the year, the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education announced in a news release. Nicastro, who has served as the commissioner since 2009, has seen the implementation of the Top 10 by 20 program, which seeks to have Missouri schools placing in the top 10 among states by 2020.

But Nicastro has been criticized by some state legislators and officials for her handling of high-profile issues, particularly as the state adopted new school accreditation standards and dealt with struggling districts. An audit released last month faulted the department’s process for hiring a consultant — CEE-Trust — for a potential overhaul of the Kansas City Public Schools.

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