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Sen. Kurt Schaefer blocks proposed Missouri higher-education funding formula

Thursday, May 2, 2013 | 2:58 p.m. CDT; updated 4:24 p.m. CDT, Thursday, May 2, 2013

JEFFERSON CITY — A Missouri senator blocked a vote on a bill that would base some state funding for Missouri public universities on performance standards and career placement.

Republican Sen. Kurt Schaefer, of Columbia, blocked the Senate vote Thursday. He says the legislature should spend more time studying the effects of the proposed higher education funding formula before voting. Lawmakers have until fiscal year 2015 to put the formula in place.

Under the legislation, 10 percent of state funding to universities would be tied to whether a school meets performance and career placement goals.

Currently, the state allots money to higher education institutions based largely upon how much colleges and universities received in the past and how much Missouri has available for the future.


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Ellis Smith May 3, 2013 | 6:32 a.m.

Will Kennedy and/or Rosman chastise Schaefer for THIS stance? Probably not, because Kurt is a bad boy only when he does something they don't like.

To measure results of a university education in terms of practical results, and - the ultimate horror! - to suggest basing a funding formula (even if in minor part) on doing that? That's surely bad Socialism. :)

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