Eddy Justice, appointed Monday to the Missouri State Board of Education, released a statement sharing his hopes that he will be able to work to provide quality education to Missouri’s students.
“I am thankful for and humbled by my recent appointment to the Missouri State Board of Education by Governor Eric Greitens,” Justice said. “It is a great responsibility and I am committed to doing the best job possible.
“Missouri’s children deserve a quality education and it is our responsibility to do everything in our power to make that happen. I look forward to working with the rest of the Board, as well as the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to fulfill Missouri’s obligation to its students.”
The Board’s major duties include:
- Appointing the Commissioner of Education and setting policies for the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.
- Defining academic performance standards and assessment requirements for public schools.
- Accrediting local school districts. The Board accredits school districts through the “Missouri School Improvement Program,” which includes minimum standards for high school graduation, curriculum, student testing, support services and other areas of school operations.
- Establishing requirements for the education, testing, assessment, certification, and recertification of all public school teachers and administrators.
- Operating the Missouri School for the Blind (St. Louis), the Missouri School for the Deaf (Fulton), and the statewide system of Missouri Schools for the Severely Disabled.
- Overseeing federal education programs and the distribution of federal funds to school districts.
- Establishing regulations for school bus safety and for fiscal management in local school districts.
- Submitting annual budget recommendations for education to the Missouri Legislature.
- Administering the state’s Vocational Rehabilitation and Sheltered Workshop program, which provide services for adult Missouri citizens with disabilities.
- Eddy Justice has been a State Farm Insurance Agent in Poplar Bluff, MO since 2000.
- Married to Penny and they have 4 children and 5 grandchildren.
- Graduated from John Brown University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and a minor in Economics.
- Appointed to the Missouri State Employees Voluntary Life Insurance Commission by Governor Matt Blunt – 2008
- Appointed to the House Reapportionment Commission by Governor Jay Nixon – 2010
Currently serves as:
- Treasurer for the House Republican Campaign Committee
- Chairman of the Butler County Republican Central Committee
- Chairman of the 8th Congressional District Republican Committee
- Member of Temple Baptist Church in Poplar Bluff, MO
This story originally appeared on The Missouri Times.