Education
5:58 pm
Tue May 7, 2013

Mo. schools receive bump in state funding

Missouri public schools and universities will be getting a funding increase under an agreement by legislative budget negotiators.

Mo. House and Senate members decided to increase public education funding, pending certain performance criteria like graduation rates are on par.
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A group of House and Senate members decided Tuesday to provide a $25 million funding increase to public colleges and universities based on whether they have met performance criteria such as student graduation rates. That's less than the $34 million increase sought by Gov. Jay Nixon but more than the House had approved earlier this year.

The budget also includes $10 million for the University of Missouri medical school to expand a residency program at the Cox Health system in Springfield.

Public school districts would get a $66 million increase to their $3 billion of core funding — the same amount Nixon recommended.