Missouri senator urges changes to Career Ladder program

Friday, October 9, 2009 | 12:01 a.m. CDT; updated 9:25 a.m. CDT, Friday, October 9, 2009

JEFFERSON CITY — A key legislator wants to restructure a Missouri program that gives teachers extra pay for extra work, such as tutoring.

State programs generally are given a specific dollar amount to be spent each year. But the Career Ladder program covers the costs from the previous year.

Senate Appropriations Chairman Gary Nodler said Thursday the program should be structured like other programs to cover the expenses for the current year. Nodler says to do that, the governor could seek money for Career Ladder in a midyear budget request if money were available.

State revenue is down, and it's unclear if there will be enough money to fund the program.

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