missouri public schools

Nixon seeks full funding for Mo. public schools

Oct 22, 2013
Jay Nixon
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Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon says he is working toward full funding for public schools by the time he leaves office in January 2017.

This year's budget includes has about $3 billion for elementary and secondary schools. But that's roughly $600 million less than what is called for under Missouri's school funding formula for this year.

The amounts prescribed by the formula change yearly. If schools receive all of the funds in this year's budget, Missouri would have to spend an additional $560 million to meet next year's target.

Classroom
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Missouri's public schools are 41st in the country in Education Week's annual rankings.

The publication released its 2013 "Quality Counts" rankings Thursday. Missouri's overall grade was a C, up slightly from last year's grade of C minus.

Rebecca Thiele / KBIA

The 2012 Missouri legislative session is underway – and as St. Louis Public Radio’s Marshall Griffin tells us, much of the first-day talk revolved around the challenges facing the state’s public schools.