As department head, Vandeven will oversee about 1,650 workers and work with 518 Missouri public school districts. Her salary will be just more than $190,000. She will begin her duties on January 2, 2019.
“I am grateful to the State Board of Education for entrusting me with the responsibility of serving as Missouri’s commissioner of education,” Vandeven said. “It is an honor to return to the department, and I remain committed to doing what is best for the children of Missouri. I look forward to working with stakeholders from across our state – urban, rural and suburban. Through active collaboration among state and local leaders, educators and our families, we will – together – advance opportunities for each student.”
On December 1, 2017, five members on the Board of Education — all appointed by former-Gov. Eric Greitens in the interim — voted to remove the K-12 education chief. None of those board members were confirmed by the state Senate and no longer serve on the board.
For now, this concludes a chapter in the Eric Greitens legacy that caused a great deal of conflict in Missouri government that could have been avoided if the disgraced former Governor could have put personal gain behind good policy. Vandeven's battle with the board was largely brought on by Greitens' demand for charter school expansion, a common Republican policy stance that is highly controversial especially in suburban districts. Greitens' strong-arm tactics became so indefensible, the Republican run State Senate refused to confirm his confirmations to the Missouri Board of Education and ultimately left the commissioner position open for nearly a year.
New Legislative Leadership Elected
Both parties have selected their leadership for the 100th General Assembly which begins in January. Pre-filing of bills begins next week.
Senate President Pro Tem: Dave Schatz (Sullivan)
Majority Floor Leader: Caleb Rowden (Columbia)
Asst. Floor Leader: Wayne Wallingford (Cape Girardeau)
Minority Floor Leader: Gina Walsh (Bellefontaine Neighbors)
Asst. Minority Floor Leader: Kiki Curls (Kansas City)
Speaker of the House: Elijah Haahr (Springfield)
Speaker Pro Tem: John Wiemann (O'Fallon)
Majority Floor Leader: Rob Vescovo (Arnold)
Minority Floor Leader: Crystal Quade (Springfield)
Asst. Minority Floor Leader: DaRon McGee (Kansas City)
Schmitt to serve as Attorney General
In case you missed it, Gov. Mike Parson on Nov. 13 announced his intention to appoint State Treasurer Eric Schmitt (pictured) as Missouri attorney general when Josh Hawley resigns the post in January to take his seat in the U.S. Senate. Schmitt’s job move will in turn create a vacancy at state treasurer for Parson to fill by appointment.
Thank You to Our Sponsors of the Chili Dinner
The 10th Annual Chili Dinner leading into the November election was another great success, raising a record amount for the staff fund. Thank you to all our sponsors especially Plumbers and Gasfitters Local 8, Sprinkler Fitters Local 314, Operating Engineers Local 101 and TJP Media.
Upcoming Club Meetings and Events:
Missouri Democratic Party: Officer election meeting, December 1, 11am at the Jefferson City Double Tree (422 Monroe St.). Only elected State Committee members can vote but the meeting is open to the public.
JCDC Annual Holiday Party: Join us Wednesday, December 19th, 7pm at Pipefitters Local 533 (8600 Hillcrest KCMO). Food and drinks provided. All donations accepted.
United Eastern Democrats: Holiday party December 21, 7pm at Courthouse Exchange (113 W Lexington Ave on the Independence Square).
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Greater KC Women's Political Caucus - November Meeting
4501 Walnut St, Kansas City, MO 64111