JEFFERSON CITY — Some lawmakers are suggesting Missouri reject a $189 million federal payment for schools. Others want to accept it but don't want to spend it the way Gov. Jay Nixon has proposed.
The school funding issue intensified Thursday at the Capitol as lawmakers tried to figure out how Nixon's plan would affect their local districts.
Nixon wants to give schools the influx of federal money this year, then cut their funding the following school year. He wants schools to balance out the cut by carrying over money from this year into the 2011-2012 school year.
Two Republican senators said Thursday that Missouri should turn down the federal money.
Republican House Budget Committee Chairman Ryan Silvey wants to accept it. But he favors a flat funding model instead of Nixon's increase and decrease.