Kansas City residents challenge Missouri budget cut

Thursday, June 24, 2010 | 10:38 a.m. CDT

JEFFERSON CITY — Four Kansas City residents have filed a legal challenge to the way Missouri is distributing money to schools.

The Jefferson City News Tribune reported Thursday that the Kansas City residents say the city's schools are due nearly $3 million more than Gov. Jay Nixon's administration is distributing to them.

At issue is a budget bill passed by lawmakers that sought to exempt some school districts from a midyear reduction in the amount of money that schools had expected.

Nixon signed the bill but instructed the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to ignore wording about how to distribute the money. Instead, Nixon said to apply the cuts proportionately to all schools.

Nixon said it was unconstitutional for lawmakers to change the school-funding formula in a budget bill.

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