Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

Successor to Nicastro
2:00 pm
Mon December 8, 2014

Five Finalists Named In Search For New Missouri Schools Commissioner

Credit St. Louis Public Schools

(Updated with interviews from all candidates.)

The Missouri state board of education has narrowed to five the field of candidates seeking to become the state’s next commissioner of elementary and secondary education.

After reviewing 12 applications in closed session Friday, the board announced Monday that it would interview:

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Education
9:07 pm
Sun December 7, 2014

Student Transfer Debate Has New Element: Ferguson

Credit Stephanie Zimmerman

Renewed efforts to change Missouri’s law on school transfers look pretty much the same as the bill vetoed earlier this year by Gov. Jay Nixon, but sponsors of the newly filed legislation say events in Ferguson have changed the atmosphere for the upcoming debate.

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State School Board
4:45 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

14 Candidates Seek Missouri Education Commissioner Post

Peter Herschend
Credit DESE website

The Missouri state board of education has a field of 14 candidates from which to choose the state’s new commissioner of elementary and secondary education.

After the board’s open meeting in Branson Thursday, where it approved added responsibility for the appointed school board that is running the Normandy Schools Collaborative, board president Peter Herschend said in a telephone interview that the applications of the 14 people who want to succeed retiring Commissioner Chris Nicastro would be reviewed in a closed session on Friday.

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State School Board
3:55 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

Normandy Board Set To Gain New Power, Outsource Subs And Other Responsibilities

Credit Stephanie Zimmerman

As the appointed board that runs the new Normandy Schools Collaborative is about to take on new responsibilities for personnel decisions and improved academic achievement, it is working with outside agencies to find substitute teachers and help its littlest residents on the road to learning.

Following acceptance by the Joint Executive Governing Board of a proposal that it be in charge of evaluating, hiring and disciplining personnel, the state board of education is expected to approve the new plan at its meeting Thursday in Branson.

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School Reform
4:27 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

Local Normandy Board Could Gain More Authority

Credit Stephanie Zimmerman

After complaints from teachers and others about how the initial year of the Normandy Schools Collaborative has gone so far, the state board of education wants to give more authority to the local appointed board.

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Missouri Board Of Education
3:43 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

Search For Missouri Schools Chief Is Lengthened

Peter Herschend
Credit DESE website

JEFFERSON CITY -- The Missouri state board of education voted Tuesday to put the search for a new commissioner on a slower track, then had a lengthy discussion about one of the big issues the next commissioner will face – turning around Normandy schools.

Rather than the accelerated process that board president Peter Herschend had favored, in which a successor to Chris Nicastro would have been chosen this week, the board bowed to objections from a variety of education groups that said such a fast track would have left them out of the process.

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Missouri Learning Standards
5:21 pm
Mon October 27, 2014

Common Core Debate Calms Down; Longer Search Expected For Nicastro's Replacement

Retired educator Mary Byrne testifies at Monday's hearing
Credit Dale

JEFFERSON CITY -- Compared with the clamor and criticism that has accompanied the debate over Common Core State Standards in recent months and years, Monday’s hearing into the topic by the state board of education was positively tame.

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State Learning Standards
9:15 pm
Sun October 26, 2014

Common Core Groups Begin Finding Common Ground

Credit St. Louis Public Schools

As Missouri’s state board of education gets ready to hold the first of three mandated hearings on new standards for public schools, members of the groups charged with writing the standards say politics is starting to take a back seat to education.

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Normandy Collaborative
10:10 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

Normandy Teacher To DESE: We Need More Help

Credit (via Google Maps screen capture)

The new Normandy Schools Collaborative has completed one quarter of its first academic year, but if the experience of one teacher is any indication, conditions in the beleaguered district have not gotten any better under the control of a state-appointed board.

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Education Commissioner
4:43 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

Broader Search Urged For New Missouri Schools Chief

Peter Herschend
Credit DESE website

Updated 1:25 p.m. Wednesday with letter from MNEA president:

Amid indications that the Missouri state board of education may choose a new commissioner next week, school officials throughout the state have urged it to open up the process and consider a wider range of candidates.

The state board already has discussed in closed session the process to replace Chris Nicastro, who has announced her retirement as of the end of December. And the board has several more hours of closed session talks set for its meeting Monday and Tuesday in Jefferson City.

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