Vandeven: Greitens never shared his vision for education

Margie Vandeven

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) – Missouri’s recently ousted education commissioner, Margie Vandeven, says Gov. Eric Greitens never met with her to discuss his expectations of her or his goals for education.

Vandeven said she wasn’t surprised when the state Board of Education voted to fire her last week because Greitens had been maneuvering for weeks to name board members who would agree to remove her.

The Springfield News-Leader reports Vandeven said turnover on the board happened so quickly she didn’t have a chance to meet the new board members before they voted.

She isn’t sure what her future holds but Vandeven said she wants to stay in education. And she said she’s concerned about education policy in Missouri.

Greitens has never cited any specific actions Vandeven took to prompt his efforts to have her fired.

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