Senate OKs Missouri ed board member for another term

Thursday, February 7, 2008

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- The longest serving State Board of Education member is confirmed to another term.

The confirmation from the Senate came despite objections from St. Louis senators angry with a state takeover of the city's schools.

Peter Herschend started on the board in 1991, and his term now runs out in 2015. The Branson Republican founded a company that owns Silver Dollar City.

St. Louis Democrats raised concerns about Herschend's role in last year's state takeover of the city's schools. Senate Minority Leader Maida Coleman says Herschend played politics, disenfranchising voters by taking away the power of the local school board.

Herschend has said the takeover was needed because the district had been "performing miserably for the children."

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