Greitens appointees succeed in second attempt to oust education chief Vandeven

Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens got his wish to install a new state education chief Friday after enough of his appointees to the state’s board of education voted to remove commissioner Margie Vandeven.

The Missouri State Board of Education voted 5-3 to oust Vandeven in the second vote on Vandeven’s status in the past couple of weeks.

In seeking Vandeven’s removal, Greitens — a vocal supporter of charter schools and other school-choice policies — has not cited any specific actions she took, but has asserted more generally Missouri’s schools need to improve.

He particularly has contrasted Missouri’s low rankings nationally when it comes to teacher pay with the “big bucks” paid to school administrators, but those salary decisions are made by local school boards.

Roger Dorson, the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s deputy commissioner, will take over as interim education commissioner.

Read more: St. Louis Public Radio, Southeast Missourian

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