department of elementary and secondary education Margie Vandeven named new state education commissioner By Associated Press • Dec 17, 2014 Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education A new Missouri education commissioner has been chosen to replace a leader who faced frequent criticism while dealing with struggling districts. For One Family, A Year Of Early Mornings And Long Drives Draws To A Close By Tim Lloyd • May 22, 2014 It’s just after 7 a.m., and SheRon Chaney already has her family packed into an SUV and ready for school. “On a good day like today, I’m hoping it only takes about 35 minutes,” she said. DESE Hears Pleas To Keep Public In Charge Of Public Schools By Dale Singer • Feb 6, 2014 As Missouri education officials continue to gather public comment on what the state should do to help unaccredited school districts, one sentiment became clear Wednesday night: The public needs to have a strong voice in whatever plans are adopted. Chappelle-Nadal Calls For Nicastro's Resignation By Marshall Griffin • Jan 14, 2014 Reading of remonstrance on Senate floor, and statement from Sen. Chappelle-Nadal A Missouri State senator has filed a remonstrance that calls for the immediate resignation of Elementary and Secondary Education Commissioner Chris Nicastro. Mo. School for the Deaf superintendent leaving By Associated Press • Dec 24, 2013 taylor.a / FLICKR The superintendent of the Missouri School for the Deaf is leaving her position after 12 years.