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DESE chooses a new Commissioner of Education

Date: December 17, 2014
By: Katie Hynes
State Capitol Bureau

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The new Commissioner of Education announced they do not have the resources to help with unaccredited and failing school districts.
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Wrap: Current Deputy Commissioner for the Division of Learning Services Margaret Vandeven was announced as the new Commissioner of Education.

During a press conference shortly after the announcement Vandeven said that currently there are not enough resources to support the Department of Education's intervention plan.

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Description: "We actually have submitted a new budget item for that and are hoping to see a positive outcome."

The Missouri Department of Education's intervention plan is to help schools from falling below the accreditation line and to stop those that are below the line from failing.

Vandeven will begin her term as the sixth Commissioner on January 1st.

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Katie Hynes.  

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The State Board of Education unanimously voted to select a member within the Department as the new Commissioner of Education.
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Wrap: Current Deputy Commissioner for a division within the department Margaret Vandeven will serve as the sixth Commissioner of Education.

In a press conference soon after the announcement Vandeven was asked about what aid could be given to unaccredited districts such as Normandy.

Vandeven cited tuition fixes as a possible solution.  

 

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Description: "Normandy is 80 students away from potential fiscal insolvency. And while all children deserve access to a high quality education, there are ways to make that happen without bankrupting the whole school district."

Vandeven also said there needs to be focus placed on attracting the best leaders and teachers to unaccredited school districts.

Vandeven will begin her term as Commissioner at the start of the new year.

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Katie Hynes.

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The new Commissioner of Education has strong ties to the Department of Education.
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Wrap: The State Board unanimously voted for Margaret Vandeven to serve as the next Commissioner of Education.

Vandeven has worked with the Department of Education for the past nine years and most recently served as the Deputy Commissioner for the Division of Learning Services.

Vandeven's main focus will be on the Top 10 by 20 program.

Vandeven says a main component of succeeding is for all students, parents, and faculty members to work together.

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Description: "And this is really a key part of the plan, is the collaborative teaming and the work that is to be done in the schools where everybody takes ownership for the students and everybody works together towards those same goals."

The top 10 by 20 program's goal is for Missouri public schools to be ranked in the top ten states by the year 2020.

Vandeven will begin her term as the sixth Commissioner on January 1st.

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Katie Hynes.  


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