Mike Jones

3:17 pm
Mon December 15, 2014

Lack Of Diversity Noted In School Commissioner Search

Mike Jones talks with Missouri education Commissioner Chris Nicastro earlier this year
Credit Dale Singer | St. Louis Public Radio

When Chris Nicastro was chosen as Missouri’s education commissioner in 2009, her experience with school districts in north St. Louis County was cited as a big factor.

Now, as the Missouri state board of education prepares to interview five finalists to succeed Nicastro, they have a list of four white men who have been superintendents in Joplin, Branson, Springfield and Wentzville, plus a white woman who has been actively involved in north county as deputy commissioner but has never served as a superintendent.

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St. Louis on the Air
1:40 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

Black Leaders Weigh In On Black Leadership In St. Louis

Mike Jones addresses the St. Louis County Council earlier this year.
Credit Jason Rosenbaum | St. Louis Public Radio / St. Louis Public Radio

On Aug. 14, Mike Jones wrote in the St. Louis American that black leaders have failed those they represent.

In his commentary, the senior policy adviser for County Executive Charlie Dooley and a member of the State Board of Education wrote: 

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8:51 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

St. Louis County Council Approves Up To $1 Million To Help Ferguson Residents

Mike Jones, a policy adviser to St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley, talks to the media on Tuesday about a $1 million allocation to help Ferguson residents.
Credit Jason Rosenbaum, St. Louis Public Radio

The St. Louis County Council authorized up to $1 million to be spent to help Ferguson residents pay for expenses incurred during nearly two weeks of unrest.  

Without opposition, the council authorized the county to spend up to $1 million to help Ferguson residents who felt the impact of riots and looting. For more than two weeks, the city was under almost constant turmoil after Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson shot and killed Michael Brown earlier this month.

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Harris-Stowe meeting
11:08 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

Lessons To Be Learned From Ferguson: Young Will Teach Old

Credit Dale Singer | St. Louis Public Radio

What lessons can be learned from the killing of Michael Brown and its aftermath in Ferguson?

For three hours Wednesday night, several panels discussed that question and more at “A community in turmoil,” a symposium at Harris-Stowe State University. Not surprisingly, given the setting, a lot of the answers had to do with education, on campus and on the streets.

And in many cases, speakers said it will be the young teaching the old, not the other way around.

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Michael Brown
3:09 pm
Sat August 16, 2014

Commentary: Black Leaders Have Failed To Protect And Promote Interest Of Those They Represent

Mike Jones, addressing the County Council earlier this year
Credit Jason Rosenbaum | St. Louis Public Radio / St. Louis Public Radio

The following was written for the St. Louis American, which posted it on Aug. 14.

I got a call Monday from the Political EYE to discuss the murder of Michael Brown. I know that's a harsh judgmental description of this tragic event without benefit of all the facts and any official findings, but as a product of the sixties I know you don't always need a weatherman to know which way the wind is blowing.

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New Normandy Board
5:06 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

New Normandy Begins With Advice, Determination To Change

Mike Jones
Credit DESE website

Before he gave the oath of office to the five appointed members of the new board of the Normandy Schools Collaborative Tuesday, state school board vice president Mike Jones also gave them some advice.

First, he told them that what they are doing is not community service, it is public service.

The difference?

“The community is always grateful for your service,” Jones said. “The public always is not.”

Then, he noted that while the Missouri state school board may have confirmed their appointments, the big job ahead is theirs.

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St. Louis County Council
11:59 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

Dooley Aide Unloads On Stenger At Rancorous Council Meeting

Mike Jones, an adviser to St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley, speaks during Tuesday's St. Louis County Council meeting. Jones offered a scathing rebuke to Councilman Steve Stenger's criticism over his actions on the state Board of Education.
Credit Jason Rosenbaum, St. Louis Public Radio

A top aide to St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley unleashed scathing criticism Tuesday at his boss’ Democratic rival for county executive. 

It was part of yet another highly charged county council meeting filled with arguments, insults, recriminations and heated confrontations.

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Board of Education
11:06 am
Mon February 14, 2011

Dooley advisor Jones nominated to Mo. Board of Education

The Thomas Jefferson statue stands on the steps of the Missouri State Capitol Building in Jefferson City, Mo. on Dec. 3, 2010. (UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Mike Jones, Senior policy advisor to St. Louis County Executive Charlie A. Dooley, has been nominated to the Missouri state Board of Education.

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon announced his nomination via press release today.


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China Connections
4:17 pm
Wed January 19, 2011

China Eastern Airlines to talk with Lambert Airport, furthers trade possibilities

A China Eastern Airlines airplane taking off in Seattle in 2007. The Midwest-China Hub Commission announced today that China Eastern has agreed to open up talks with Lambert-St. Louis International Airport. (via Flickr/boeingdreamscape)

St. Louis is one big step closer to securing a potentially lucrative trade partnership with China.

The Midwest-China Hub Commission announced today that China Eastern Airlines has agreed to open up talks with Lambert-St. Louis International Airport.

The step signals that the plan has moved out of the plausibility phase and into a logistical phase.

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