JEFFERSON CITY — The Senate budget chief wants to eliminate funding for a Missouri program that givers teachers extra pay for taking on extra duties.
Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Rob Mayer of Dexter wants to get rid of the $37 million Career Ladder program. He said the money could be used to help close a projected $500 million shortfall in next year's budget.
The Career Ladder program began in 1985 and provides teachers with extra pay for things such as after-school tutoring.
Mayer said he believes the committee is near a consensus to eliminate funding.
But some lawmakers are reluctant. Sen. Kurt Schaefer of Columbia said the program is the closest thing Missouri has to merit pay for teachers.