The governor's resolve to do away with public education in Missouri is fueled by big donations from wealthy supporters of a voucher system. Now that there are no upper limits on campaign donations, their money is filling up Blunt's campaign chest to overflowing.
With a roll-over Republican majority in the state legislature , vouchers could be foisted on the people of Missouri before they can blink an eye.
Concerning Blunt's first appointment to the State Board of Education, Randy Turner has this to say:
Unfortunately, no one put the governor's first board appointment, Debi
Demien of Wentzville, under the microscope. She was promoted as a former public
schoolteacher and director of marketing for Demien Construction. A little bit of
digging would have shown that the Southwest Missouri State University graduate
is far more than that.
It appears all three of the governor's choices are closely in line with his
thinking on vouchers, meaning he most likely has the power to move state
education in whatever direction he wishes.
Mrs. Demien was appointed to the board in March. While it was noted that
she was involved in the family business, Demien Construction, what wasn't noted
is that she is director of marketing for the company's Building God's
Way division, which builds churches and Christian schools. Any sort of
movement of public money into private schools will obviously benefit Mrs.
Seven years ago, she wrote a book entitled Stealing America, the
National Takeover of the Economy, Education and State
Governments, which primarily criticizes the school-to-work programs
being used in public schools. She is an outspoken critic of Missouri's A+
program, which allows students involved in the program to receive free schooling
at Missouri community colleges.
Please read The Turner Report articles linked below for his excellent coverage of the voucher issue:
Voucher Supporters Are Blunt's Biggest Contributors (6/11/07)
Blunt Appoints Another Voucher Proponent to State Board of Education (6/08/07)
It Started Before Donayle Whitmore-Smith (12/17/06)
Blunt Appoints Leading Voucher Proponent to State Board of Education (10/26/06)