Missouri lawmakers passed a $26 billion budget plan on Thursday for the next fiscal year that would increase basic aid for K-12 public schools while holding spending for social services stagnant.
A Republican lawmaker said a measure to require Missouri public schools recite the Pledge of Allegiance in English is needed because that’s the official language of the state.
Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback says he’s going to cut nearly $45 million in funding for public schools and higher education in March.
A new lawsuit seeks to block the public from voting on a proposed constitutional amendment that would limit tenure protections for public school teachers.
Public schools would get a $115 million increase on top of their current $3.1 billion in basic funding.
The Appropriations Committee on Wednesday endorsed its plan for state spending during the fiscal year that begins July 1.
Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon announced plans Thursday to freeze $22 million that had been budgeted for public schools and colleges because lawmakers failed to include enough money in a mid-year spending plan passed this week.
State Education Commissioner Chris Nicastro is accused of working with groups opposed to public education.
Missouri’s current budget provides almost $3.1 billion in basic aid to elementary and secondary schools.
In recent decades, the government has taken to feeding needy children to combat the negativity of trying to learn while being hungry. Now, with new Obama administration regulations on school lunches, we have a government that is causing hunger.