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Missouri Board of Education Removes Commissioner of Education

In a closed meeting today, the Missouri Board of Education voted for new leadership for the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE). In a 5-3 vote, the members voted to replace Dr. Margie Vandeven as commissioner of education effective immediately. Dr. Vic Lenz, Mike Jones and Charlie Shields voted against the change in leadership. The majority of the members cited a need to move in a new direction for public education in Missouri.

State Board Grants Provisional Accreditation to Normandy Schools Collaborative

The State Board of Education voted today to classify the Normandy Schools Collaborative as provisionally accredited following several years of improvement in the district. The board accepted a recommendation from the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) to grant provisionally accredited status based on improvements in student performance, operations, and school culture and climate. The new classification is effective beginning Jan. 2, the beginning of second semester.

Missouri School for the Deaf Hires New Superintendent

The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education has announced George Stailey as superintendent at the Missouri School for the Deaf (MSD). Mr. Stailey brings many years of experience at the Indiana School for the Deaf (ISD), including 10 years as superintendent. Other experiences at ISD include teaching preschool and middle school, working as a student development educator in the residence halls, serving as dean of boys, and working as the assistant to the superintendent. Mr.

No Change in Leadership for the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

In a closed meeting today, the Missouri Board of Education discussed potential personnel changes for the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. The motion to remove Commissioner of Education Margie Vandeven as head of the agency failed in a 4-4 vote. Eddy Justice, Doug Russell, Sonny Jungmeyer and Jennifer Edwards voted for the leadership change. Board President Charlie Shields, Vice President Vic Lenz, Mike Jones and Claudia Oñate Greim voted against the motion.

“I look forward to the focus returning to educating our children,” said Commissioner Vandeven.

Missouri Welcomes New Member to the State Board of Education

Missouri Governor Eric Greitens has appointed John T. “Tim” Sumners of Joplin to the eight-member State Board of Education.

Dr. Sumners has worked as a church pastor and chaplain and is currently the chaplain for the Joplin Police and Fire Departments, as well as the Webb City Fire Department and the Redings Mill Fire District. He also served as an adjunct professor at Southwest Baptist University’s campus in Joplin.

Seal of Biliteracy Available for Missouri Students

The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) is introducing the Missouri Seal of Biliteracy (Missouri Seal) Program. The Missouri Seal is awarded by local school districts to graduating students who have proven a specific level of proficiency in English and any other world language, including sign languages. The graduating class of 2018 is the first class to be eligible for the program.

American Government Teacher from Imperial Wins Prestigious Milken Award

The students in Jordan McGaughey’s 10th grade American Government class learn to explore all sides of an issue and connect historical events with today’s political climate. McGaughey serves the Fox C-6 School District by helping to develop curriculum, offering professional development, mentoring student teachers and acting as an instructional coach. Those are among the reasons that McGaughey has been named a winner of the Milken Educator Awards.

Eight Missouri Schools Awarded Blue Ribbon Status

The U.S. Department of Education has honored eight Missouri schools as 2017 Blue Ribbon Schools. The national award recognizes schools that perform at high academic levels (top 15 percent in the state based on assessment scores and graduation rates) or that perform at high levels while serving a significant proportion of disadvantaged students (top 15 percent in progress toward reducing the achievement gap).

These are the 2017 Missouri Blue Ribbon Schools: