Gov. Mike Parson appointed two new members to the State Board of Education, Carol Hallquist of Kansas City, and Peter Herschend of Branson. The board has lacked a quorum since January 2 and has not met. These two appointments will allow the board to again conduct business.
The State Board of Education is scheduled to meet on Thursday, June 14 with a full agenda, including updates on the search for a Commissioner of Education and the status of MSIP 6, the newest school accountability system for reviewing and accrediting public school districts in Missouri.
Hallquist is involved in a variety of non-profit and philanthropic organizations that serve the students of Kansas City. Prior to her retirement, she served as the President of the Hallmark Corporate Foundation at Hallmark Cards.
Herschend served on the State Board of Education from 1991 to 2017, he is a co-owner and co-founder of Herschend Family Entertainment Corporation. He served as the President of the State Board of Education for eight years.
MSTA will continue to work with the board to advocate for improving how schools are evaluated, accredited and held accountable. All stakeholders in public education want to see improvement, growth and proven innovation.
MSTA is also hopeful that Governor Parson will sign legislation that was passed during the session that would add a teacher to the State Board of Education. The voice of Missouri’s educators is an important step in making sure changes at the state level have the perspective of classroom teachers.