BRANSON MO NEWS: Peter Herschend(Photo: file photo)Six days after Gov. Mike Parson pulled Branson’s Peter Herschend off the state Board of Education, he put him back on. The move was expected.The governor temporarily withdrew Herschend’s appointment last week — to save it — as a state senator threatened to filibuster the confirmation process in the waning hours of a special session of the Missouri General Assembly.A successful filibuster would have rendered Herschend, co-founder and co-owner of Herschend Family Entertainment Corporation, formerly Silver Dollar City, Inc., ineligible to serve on the state board. He would have been banned for life.More: Branson’s Peter Herschend removed from the state school board — for nowThe reappointment, made while lawmakers are at recess, means Herschend will serve through at least 2019, when the state Senate will once again take up the issue of his confirmation.”We’re excited that he’s reappointed,” said Melissa Randol, executive director of the Missouri School Boards’ Association. “He’s been extraordinary — 26 years of service — and he has consistently put the needs of children first.”Melissa Randol, executive director of the Missouri School Boards’ Association (Photo: File photo)Randol said Herschend, who was first appointed in the early 1990s, championed early childhood education.”If you follow Peter’s career on the state board, he has always challenged us toe keep the bar high in terms of student achievement,” she said. Springfield Superintendent John Jungmann praised Herschend’s return to the governing board that oversees K-12 funding, policy, testing and accreditation.“Peter Herschend has been a long-time advocate for public education and we welcome his continued service on the Missouri State Board of Education,” he said. “We also appreciate Gov. Parson’s work to restore the board’s ability to move forward in the best interests of Missouri’s students.”More: Why, at age 83, Peter Herschend asked to …
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