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Missouri has announced it will merge its state boards of education for K-12 and higher ed. Echoing President Obama and other’s calls for a greater focus on college completion, the Show Me State wants to streamline the primary, secondary, and tertiary education systems. That’s all well and good, but really, Missouri, that’s the best you’ve got? In a period when states around the country are busting through data walls, knocking down charter caps, and ripping down teacher tenure rules in order to Race to the Top, all you’ve got is…merging two boards of education most Missourians, let alone the rest of us, have probably never heard of?

Mo. Senate Approves Plan to Merge Education Boards,” The Associated Press, April 23, 2010

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