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The Latest: Fired Missouri education commissioner rehired

November 20, 2018

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — The Latest on Missouri’s education commissioner (all times local):

1:35 p.m.

Missouri’s former top K-12 education official has been rehired after being fired last year.

The State Board of Education on Tuesday announced Margie Vandeven will once again be education commissioner.

Vandeven was fired last year after former Gov. Eric Greitens stacked the State Board of Education with his appointees, who forced her out. In seeking Vandeven’s removal, Greitens did not cite any specific actions she took but said generally that Missouri schools needed to improve.

Vandeven’s ouster was criticized by some lawmakers and educators.

But after Greitens resigned in June, new Gov. Mike Parson appointed new board members who relaunched a search to fill the position. Board members unanimously picked Vandeven.

She’ll return to the job on Jan. 2.

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11:30 a.m.

Missouri’s former top education official who was fired last year could get her job back.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that former education commissioner Margie Vandeven was one of four top finalists for the job.

The State Board of Education interviewed finalists on Monday.

Board President Charlie Shields told the newspaper Monday that board members made a unanimous decision to hire one of the candidates. An announcement is expected Tuesday.

Vandeven was fired last year after former Gov. Eric Greitens stacked the State Board of Education with his appointees, who forced her out. Since Greitens’ June resignation, new Gov. Mike Parson appointed new board nominees who relaunched a search to fill the position.

Roger Dorson is interim commissioner.

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Information from: St. Louis Post-Dispatch, http://www.stltoday.com

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