State lawmakers return to the Capitol on Wednesday and will face an estimated $500 million budget deficit. In the current budget, basic state aid to schools was held flat though a state formula called for a more than $100 million increase. Gov. Jay Nixon cut $70 million from the state aid for school transportation.
The Missouri School Boards’ Association says it is possible state officials will eliminate all transportation funding. Some schools already have trimmed bus routes or shifted local revenue to cover transportation costs.
Nixon says he hopes to avoid cutting basic education funding but that the transportation assistance is “on the watch list” for potential cuts.
(Copyright: The Associated Press)