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Missouri Governor Pushes for Boost in Education Funding
By Gretchen Bolander
JOPLIN, MO.--- The Missouri governor wants to see hundreds of millions of dollars added to K-12 education throughout the state. Jay Nixon is proposing an extra $278 million in state funding. For the Joplin School District alone, that would mean an additional $2.4 million next year. While the increase wouldn't mean the state school foundation formula is fully funded, it would move the numbers closer to that total.
"Now, as the economy gets back is the time to live up to the commitment that we've made to these school kids to fully fund the foundation formula. I'm confident as the economy continues to improve we're going to have the resources to do that," said Governor Jay Nixon, Missouri.
While the governor released his proposed budget last week, it's now up to state lawmakers to approve the 2015 spending plan.