Nicastro's Review of Initiative Petition Not Out of Ordinary
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) - The president of the Missouri State Board of Education says the education commissioner's review of a proposed initiative petition was nothing out of the ordinary.
Emails show Commissioner Chris Nicastro interacted with a group developing a ballot proposal that would end teacher tenure and require that student performance guide employment decisions.
Sen. Paul LeVota, of Independence, and House member Genise Montecillo, of St. Louis, released a joint statement Tuesday calling for Nicastro to step down. The two Democratic lawmakers' statement specifically pointed to Nicastro's handling of a cost estimate for the proposed ballot measure.
Missouri's education commissioner is appointed by the state Board of Education. Board President Peter Herschend said Tuesday that department staff performed a routine consultation on the measure and Nicastro's review was not out of the ordinary.