Report: MO Lawmakers Failing Kids With School Funding
(Local News ~ 04/01/14)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - What do you get when you subtract hundreds of dollars per student, per year from Missouri's base school funding formula? According to a new report, the answer is struggling school districts across the state. Amy Blouin is executive director of the Missouri Budget Project, which conducted the analysis. She says the end result is that Missouri's K-12 schools are underfunded to the tune of $656 million, which translates to larger classes and fewer resources statewide. "Whether it's teacher assistance to help the children with reading, or special classroom services," she adds, "they are all being impacted negatively." Missouri's foundation formula was adopted by lawmakers in 2005 and was meant to ensure that each school district could meet educational standards, regardless of its ability to generate local revenue. ...
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