Mo. Gov. to Spread Education Cuts to All Districts
Gov. Jay Nixon signed a midyear spending bill Tuesday but said he plans to ignore lawmakers' instructions to shield more than one-quarter of Missouri's public school districts from a budget cut.
Instead, all 523 school districts will share the pain of a $43 million shortfall in the basic state aid distributed to schools. The funding cut comes because of falling state revenue.
The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education initially planned to split the funding shortfall among every school district. Lawmakers attempted to reject that by inserting a provision in a supplemental budget bill that directs state education officials to spare...
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