State Education Commissioner Has Surgery for Brain Tumor

OCTOBER 5, 2006 - Posted at 8:07 a.m. CDT

ST. LOUIS, MO - Missouri Education Commissioner D. Kent King is recovering from surgery to remove a brain tumor.

An education department spokesman says doctors are pleased with the surgery.  Spokesman Jim Morris says King could be released within a few days to recover at home.

Surgery was performed yesterday at a hospital in St. Louis.

The tumor was diagnosed on Friday.  Morris says it's not known how long it might be before the 63-year-old commissioner returns to work.

King was appointed in 2000.  He is only the fourth commissioner since the office was created in 1945.

Deputy Commissioner Bert Schulte is filling in for him.

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