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Seg. 1: Ousted Missouri Education Chief Returning To Post. Seg. 2: Jackson County Charter Changes.

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Luke X. Martin
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Jalen Anderson, Jackson County legislator-elect for the 3rd District at-large believes the county legislator has "been too focused on itself and what they can achieve for their friends."

Segment 1:  Former DESE commissioner says, "the decison to bring me back needed to be about doing what's best for the children in the state of Missouri."

Margie Vandeven served as the commissioner of education from 2015 until then-Gov. Eric Greitens manuevered to have her removed in December 2017. An interim commissioner was put in place, but Greitens resigned later because of an unrelated scandal. So when the state Board of Education began its search this year for a permanent commissioner, Vandeven was nominated and ultimately selected to return to her previous post. Today, she revealed why she wanted to come back, and what her priorities are for the more than 900,000 students served by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

  •   Margie Vandeven, commissioner for the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, beginning Jan. 2, 2019

Segment 2, beginning at 27:14: How voter-approved changes to the Jackson County charter will affect the county legislature's work.

Jackson County voters agreed to move oversight of the COMBAT anti-drug program and the county detention center out of the hands of the county executive, and gave the legislature more control of the county counselor. At the same time, they refused four other changes, including those for term limits, pay raises and other restrictions on the county executive. A current legislator and a future one spoke to what this will mean for conducting the county business in 2019 and beyond.

  • Tony Miller, Jackson County legislator, 3rd District at-large 
  • Jalen Anderson, Jackson County legislator-elect, 1st District at-large
When I host Up To Date each morning at 9 a.m., my aim is to engage the community in conversations about the Kansas City area’s challenges, hopes and opportunities. I try to ask the questions that listeners want answered about the day’s most pressing issues and provide a place for residents to engage directly with newsmakers. My email is steve@kcur.org.