Nixon calls for lengthening Mo. school year

Jan 11, 2013

Gov. Jay Nixon says more school days could help out the state's economic competitiveness.
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Governor Jay Nixon says lengthening the school days in Missouri from 174 to 180, brining Missouri in line with the national average, will better prepare our students for careers and college.

Speaking this morning at John Thomas School of Discovery, part of the Nixa school district in southwest Missouri, the governor says the amount of school days in the state rank fourth fewest in the U.S.

Nixon also called for opening the doors of higher education for every Missouri student and increased funding for preschool education programs.

“And then, making that A+ Program, which this school district has embraced for years to make college more affordable, made to cover all folks all across the State of Missouri,” he said. “This is the year that it needs to get done.”

The governor says his Fiscal Year 2014 budget will include funding to expand and expedite the A+ designation to every school district in the state.

He says he will detail additional legislative and economic priorities during the State of the State Address on January 28.