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Commissioner of Education Statement on Ferguson

Commissioner of Education, Dr. Chris L. Nicastro, issued the following statement today as a result of the grand jury decision not to indict police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Mike Brown:

“We urge everyone to join us in keeping the communities of North County in your thoughts and prayers. Moving forward, we will continue to provide support necessary to school districts in the area.” 

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ODSM Monthly Update

Deadline for Commissioner of Education Nominations

The deadline to nominate candidates for the Missouri Commissioner of Education position ends at the close of business today.  

Department staff will contact all nominees, inform them of their nomination and invite them to apply. More than 40 names were submitted for nomination. Those interested in applying must complete an application packet by December 1. Candidates do not have to be nominated to apply.

State Board to Consider Giving Full Authority to Normandy Schools Collaborative Board

Citing the Normandy Joint Executive Governing Board’s commitment to improving student performance and the need for greater clarity and improved communication, Peter Herschend, President of the State Board, has communicated the plan developed by the Department to delegate final authority for operational and governing decisions to the Joint Executive Governing Board and administration of the Normandy Schools Collaborative (NSC).

State Board Approves Top 10 by 20 Plan

On Tuesday, the State Board of Education approved the Department’s updated Top 10 by 20 plan for fiscal year 2015.

The plan is updated annually with actions and targets that provide greater focus, consistency, integration and impact on the goals and strategies of the Top 10 by 20 initiative, a statewide improvement effort that aims for student achievement in Missouri to rank among the Top 10 performing states in education by 2020.

The Process for Selection of a New Commissioner of the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

  1. The State Board of Education will accept all nominations and applications in an open search for the position of Commissioner of Education. Nominations will be received at the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Office, attention Robin Coffman, Chief of Staff, until close of business on Friday, Nov. 21. Complete application information will be posted on the the Department website.