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Senate Confirms Curtis’ Charter School Commission Appointment

Contact: Jeff Murphy
WARRENSBURG, MO (May 18, 2015) – After appearing before the Missouri Senate on May 6, Senators confirmed the appointment of Deborah Curtis, provost and chief learning officer at the University of Central Missouri, to serve on the Missouri Charter Public Charter School Commission. Her appointment by Gov. Jay Nixon is for a term of four years, ending Sept. 17, 2018.

David Pearce and Dr. Deborah Curtis
Senator David Pearce, 21st District, accompanies Deborah Curtis, provost and chief learning officer at the University of Central Missouri, during her recent Senate confirmation hearing for her appointment to the Missouri Charter Public Charter School Commission.

Curtis was accompanied to the Senate confirmation hearing by Missouri Senator from the 21st District David Pearce, R-Warrensburg.

“I was very honored to usher Dr. Curtis through the Senate selection process. She will do an excellent job on the Missouri Charter Public School Commission,” Pearce said.

The Missouri Charter Public School Commission was established for the purpose of sponsoring charter schools throughout the state. The commission was made possible through Senate Bill 576, which provides for charter school extension. The commission can have up to nine members, all appointed by the governor. It reports to the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. SB 576 was the first major piece of charter school legislation since 1998, which made charter schools possible in Missouri. UCM was the first institution in the state to sponsor charter schools.

At the time of her selection, Curtis said it is a “genuine honor to be appointed to this state commission. There is so much essential work that needs to take place to better position public charter schools to serve Missouri students and their families. This calls for in-depth discussions about accessibility as well as meaningful deliberation surrounding accountability. I’m sincerely looking forward to this work. It is exactly what the University of Central Missouri focuses upon with our sponsorship of nine public charter schools.”

Curtis joined UCM July 1, 2012 after serving from 2006 as dean of the College of Education at Illinois State University in Normal, Ill. Curtis came to Illinois State in 1986 as an instructional assistant professor, and climbed the faculty ranks to become a professor in 1998. Earlier in her career, she was a public school teacher at a variety of schools in Illinois and in Indiana.

Gov. Nixon announced Curtis’ appointment in September 2014. Senate confirmation is the final step in the appointment process.