Senate resolution calls for Nicastro’s resignation

By State Capitol Bureau

JEFFERSON CITY — Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal, D-St. Louis County, introduced a resolution of remonstrance last week calling for Education Commissioner Chris Nicastro to resign.

If Nicastro refuses, the remonstrance calls on the state Board of Education to fire Nicastro.

The remonstrance cites several items, including advice Nicastro offered to a group sponsoring an initiative petition to eliminate teacher tenure and her efforts in recruiting a private consulting company to provide advice on dealing with unaccredited school districts.

The resolution also cites decisions by the state Board of Education in stripping accreditation from the Kansas City School District and the Normandy School District in St. Louis County.

The Senate took no immediate action on the remonstrance that was assigned to the Senate Rules Committee.