Missouri's public defender system is one of the worst funded in the nation. To protest declining funding, the state's public defender director has taken a step that's getting him some attention — he has appointed Gov. Jay Nixon to handle a case.
In education circles, Tony Bennett is widely known as a hard-charging Republican reformer associated with Jeb Bush's prescriptions for fixing public schools: charter schools, private school vouchers, tying teacher pay to student test scores and grading schools on a A through F scale.
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