ST. LOUIS COUNTY (KSDK) – Members of the St. Louis County branch of the NAACP are calling for Missouri Education Commissioner Chris Nicastro to resign, citing her efforts to group the state's unaccredited schools into a so-called "super district."
"The St. Louis County NAACP is calling on Dr. Nicastro to step down immediately," Branch President and Former Mo. State Rep. Esther Haywood said in a news release. "The NAACP is strongly against charter schools, vouchers and any other program that could potentially deplete public school district funding."
Gov. Jay Nixon said Monday that it's a good time for the Board of Education to "monitor and evaluate" concerns raised about Nicastro, after newly disclosed emails show that she chose a consultant that offered a bid three times more than the closet competitor, the Associated Press reports.
Controversy has already been focused on other education department emails, which dealt with a ballot measure dealing with teacher tenure.
The NAACP's concerns emphasized that the organization is strongly against charter schools, vouchers or any other program that it claims "could potentially deplete public school district funding."
The Associated Press contributed to this report.