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Missouri House approves federal school money plan

Tuesday, February 22, 2011 | 2:05 p.m. CST

JEFFERSON CITY — The Missouri House has endorsed a plan to use $189 million of additional federal stimulus money for public schools.

The House plan would use some of the money to offset shortfalls in casino tax revenues that were to go to schools. But most of the additional federal money would be used to offset state revenues already budgeted for schools this year, allowing the state money to be saved and distributed to schools next year.

The House gave the legislation initial approval Tuesday.

House Budget Committee Chairman Ryan Silvey says the plan would provide a more steady funding stream for schools than one proposed by Gov. Jay Nixon. That plan would have boosted school funding this year and cut it next year.


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