Missouri school board asks to suspend funding phase-in

Friday, January 21, 2011 | 7:24 p.m. CST

JEFFERSON CITY — The State Board of Education is urging Missouri lawmakers to postpone implementation of a school funding law.

Under a 2005 law, state funding for K-12 school districts is supposed to rise by about $120 million per year for seven years.

But because of state budget troubles, schools did not receive the full amount during the 2009-10 school year, and they won't again this year. Neither Gov. Jay Nixon nor legislators believe it is possible to provide schools the full amount next year.

The education board sent a letter to lawmakers this week asking them to postpone the scheduled phase-in of the funding law. It said some schools could get a greater or lesser share than originally intended under law when the formula is not fully funded.

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