Thursday morning, Superintendent Chris Belcher assured that despite no definite funding, the Columbia Public Schools' summer school program is safe. Funding is dependent on whether state Senate Bill 943, which would provide state funding for summer school core classes, passes or not.
At the Thursday meeting, board members also discussed applying for a bond that would award the district $10 to $11 million.
However, Thursday evening, a joint conference committee consisting of five Missouri House members and five senators met to draft next year's state budget. The House recommended reducing the budget for Parents as Teachers by $3.1 million, and the Senate Appropriations Committee recommended cutting it by $13 million.
Earlier this month, Rob Mayer, chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, proposed eliminating the Career Ladder program to help with the projected $500 million shortfall in next year's budget.
With the current economy, the state budget is tight and educational programs are seeing a lack of funding and facing elimination. This leaves state legislators to decide which programs are essential and which are not.
With the many budget cuts, which school programs do you think are most important and should remain in place?