Missouri Public Education Sees Possible Funding Increase

By Gretchen Bolander

Published 05/05 2014 05:27PM

Updated 05/05 2014 06:34PM

JOPLIN, MO.--- While Missouri lawmakers are still debating funding for the state budget, public education is expected to see a boost. State senators and representatives are looking for a compromise between either $115 million more, or an increase of $122 million. The Joplin schools superintendent says any additional funding is welcome and that there are three priorities in his district.

"When we look at new money coming in, we're always really careful about number one, that any new expenditures that we bring on as a result are sustainable.  Number two, we always have to take into account not only salaries, but we also have to think about equipment, technology needs, infrastructure needs," said Dr. C.J. Huff, Joplin R-8 Schools Superintendent. 

The 2015 Missouri state budget is expected to total more than $26 billion in spending.

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