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Vol. 45, No. 31

April 20, 2011

State Board of Education Adds St. Louis Member

Michael W. Jones of St. Louis was sworn in this morning as the newest member of the State Board of Education.  The board is holding its regular monthly meeting today in Jefferson City.

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The Rev. Stan Archie (left) welcomes Michael W. Jones to the State Board.

Jones was appointed in February by Gov. Jay Nixon and was confirmed by the Senate in March.  Jones, a Democrat, is the first State Board member representing the 1st Congressional District since 2006.  His term expires July 1, 2018.

“My life and career have been made possible by the public education I received in the St. Louis Public Schools,” Jones said.  “This opportunity to serve on the State Board of Education is an opportunity to repay that extraordinary gift."

Jones serves as senior policy adviser to St. Louis County Executive Charlie A. Dooley.  He also serves as liaison to the St. Louis County Economic Council, Metro Transit, Metropolitan Sewer District and the St. Louis Convention & Visitors Commission.  A St. Louis native, he is a graduate of the University of Missouri-St. Louis.

Established by the Missouri Constitution, the State Board is an eight-member body with general policymaking authority for the public school system (pre-kindergarten to grade 12).  Members are appointed by the governor.  No more than four members of the State Board may belong to the same political party.

Major duties of the board include: establishing accreditation standards for public schools, setting certification requirements for all professional educators, setting minimum standards for high school graduation, and hiring the Commissioner of Education and staff of the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

Jones replaced David Liechti of St. Joseph, who served on the State Board from 2003-2011.