Judge could void Education Board's firing of former commissioner

A judge could void the decision to fire former Board of Education Commissioner Margie Vandeven. (File)

A judge is weighing on whether to void the Missouri Board of Education's decision to fire the former education commissioner.

The Springfield News-Leader reported that attorneys representing the board argued in circuit court Tuesday against lawyers representing Springfield teacher Laurie Sullivan, who sued the board in November.

Former commissioner Margie Vandeven was fired Dec. 1 after Gov. Eric Greitens stacked the education board to get that outcome. All five who voted in favor of her firing were Greitens' appointees.

Sullivan's lawsuit seeks declarations that the board knowingly violated the state open meetings and records laws and a court order barring the board from interfering with Vandeven.

The board contended it meets state disclosure requirements.

It's unclear when Judge Richard Callahan may rule on the lawsuit's request to void the vote.

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