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Annual Performance Reports for Educator Preparation Programs Now Available

Results from the latest Annual Performance Reports for Educator Preparation Programs (APR-EPPs) have been released to provide information about the programs to the public, particularly parents and students. The APR-EPPs are based on the latest five years of data from education preparation programs at Missouri colleges and universities.

Public Hearings Scheduled for Vocational Rehabilitation Services

Five public hearings on vocational rehabilitation services have been scheduled in March throughout the state. The hearings will be conducted by Missouri Vocational Rehabilitation (MVR) to gain feedback on ways to improve services for individuals with disabilities. Input is welcome regarding MVR’s goals and priorities found in the current state plan.

State Board of Education Meeting Cancelled

The January meeting of the State Board of Education has been cancelled due to lack of a quorum.

The public hearing about the Fine Arts Work Group’s recommendations on academic standards will be held as scheduled at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 9, in the State Board Meeting Room in the Jefferson Building, 205 Jefferson St., in Jefferson City.

A public hearing relating to the hiring of a new commissioner of education will be held as scheduled on Monday, Jan. 8, from 2-5 p.m. Doors will open to the public at 1:30 p.m. in the State Board Meeting Room.

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.

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