The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education announced this week that the testing revisions will take effect next school year and shave $3.5 million from the testing budget.
Illinois State Board of Education approved a budget request it will send to lawmakers and the governor that asks for education to represent one third of the total state budget.
The snow and ice that have been dumped on us so far this winter is now being measured in dollars both in Illinois and Missouri.
Missouri lawmakers could have to cut about $370 million from Gov. Jay Nixon’s budget if they don’t want to go along with his financial assumptions.
Enacting a constitutional amendment would require voter approval if the measure passes the Legislature
Gov. Jay Nixon called Wednesday for another tuition freeze at Missouri’s public universities while also proposing to boost state funding for the schools.
The county council was set to perfect the budget bills at Tuesday night’s meeting but issues during negotiations have councilors putting on the brakes.
The St. Louis County Council has a copy of the budget and will have its first opportunity to vote on it next Tuesday.
Missouri’s current budget provides almost $3.1 billion in basic aid to elementary and secondary schools.
Residents in the Midwest can expect to pay 13 percent more for natural gas this winter, according to the Energy Information Administration.