Mo. Senator calling on state ed. chief to resign

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- A Missouri state senator is formally calling on the state education commissioner to resign.

Democratic Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal, of University City, filed a formal resolution Tuesday asking Chris Nicastro to immediately leave office.

Chappelle-Nadal says Nicastro has been "less than truthful" in dealing with the Legislature. She also criticized the commissioner for entering into a contract with a consulting firm to improve the failing Kansas City schools, even though the firm's bid was higher than other submissions.

The resolution also cites Nicastro's assistance with an initiative petition seeking to change the state's teacher tenure laws as a reason that she should leave office.

The resolution has not been referred to a Senate committee. Nicastro's job status can be affected only by the State Board of Education.

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