funding http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Mo. Lawmakers Considering Performance-Based Funding For Universities, Community Colleges http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/mo-lawmakers-considering-performance-based-funding-universities-community-colleges <p>A group of Missouri lawmakers is considering an overhaul of how the state’s colleges and universities are funded each year.</p><p>A first draft of recommendations was released today, and it includes basing 10 percent of an institution’s state funding on performance standards such as graduation rates for seniors and retention rates for freshmen and sophomores.&nbsp;&nbsp;<a href="http://www.senate.mo.gov/12info/members/mem31.htm">State Senator David Pearce </a>(R, Warrensburg) chairs the <a href="http://www.senate.mo.gov/jced/index.htm">Joint House-Senate Committee on Education</a>. Mon, 10 Dec 2012 23:14:52 +0000 Marshall Griffin 7235 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Mo. Lawmakers Considering Performance-Based Funding For Universities, Community Colleges Suburban & rural Senators battle over K-12 funding in Mo. http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/suburban-rural-senators-battle-over-k-12-funding-mo <p>The Missouri Senate is wrestling with <a href="http://www.senate.mo.gov/12info/bts_web/Bill.aspx?SessionType=R&amp;BillID=28">legislation that would tweak the state&rsquo;s public school funding formula</a>.</p><p>The bill is pitting rural and suburban senators against each other.&nbsp;<a href="http://www.senate.mo.gov/12info/members/mem31.htm">&nbsp;David Pearce&nbsp;</a>(R, Warrensburg) chairs the Senate Education Committee and represents&nbsp;part of rural&nbsp;west central Missouri.&nbsp; He&nbsp;sponsors the bill that would more evenly spread K-12 funding by siphoning it off from richer suburban districts, primarily those near St. Louis. Wed, 18 Apr 2012 21:14:13 +0000 Marshall Griffin 3519 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Suburban & rural Senators battle over K-12 funding in Mo. Morning headlines: Friday, February 24, 2012 http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/morning-headlines-friday-february-24-2012 <p><strong>Mo. Senator seeks to transfer funding to U.S. road repair</strong></p><p>Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill says she will try to amend a transportation bill to strip funding for large construction projects in Afghanistan. The money would instead be used for roads and bridges in the U.S.</p><p>McCaskill hopes to attach her proposal to legislation re-authorizing the federal highway funding program.</p> Fri, 24 Feb 2012 14:53:54 +0000 Alex King & The Associated Press 3141 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Morning headlines: Friday, February 24, 2012 Highway funding bill on fast track in Mo. Senate to avoid losing federal dollars http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/highway-funding-bill-fast-track-mo-senate-avoid-losing-federal-dollars <p>Legislation is on a fast track in the Missouri Senate to bring the state into compliance with federal standards for commercial truckers and drunken driving penalties.</p><p>Missouri risks losing tens of millions of federal road construction dollars if it does not change its laws to match the federal mandates.</p><p>On Wednesday, the Senate Transportation Committee took the unusual step of hearing testimony and approving the bill on the same day. Chairman Bill Stouffer says he hopes the legislation can be brought up for debate by the full Senate next week.</p> Wed, 11 Jan 2012 17:26:12 +0000 The Associated Press 2836 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Highway funding bill on fast track in Mo. Senate to avoid losing federal dollars Morning headlines: Friday, December 30, 2011 http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/morning-headlines-friday-december-30-2011 <p><strong>Mo. lawmakers to consider changes to school funding formula</strong></p><p>Legislative leaders say addressing Missouri&#39;s school funding formula&nbsp;is one of their top priorities for the annual session that starts Wednesday.</p><p>Because of tight&nbsp;budgets there has not been enough money in recent years to fully fund the education formula. That has prompted concern that the distribution of the money could benefit certain districts at the expense of others.</p> Fri, 30 Dec 2011 13:53:23 +0000 Julie Bierach, Bill Raack, WBEZ & The Associated Press 2766 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Morning headlines: Friday, December 30, 2011 Mo. panel wants performance funding for colleges http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/mo-panel-wants-performance-funding-colleges <p>A task force is recommending that funding for universities and community colleges in Missouri be based in part on graduation rates and other performance-based criteria.</p><p>The recommendation was presented today in Jefferson City to the state&rsquo;s<a href="http://www.dhe.mo.gov/cbhe/"> Coordinating Board for Higher Education</a>.&nbsp;&nbsp;<a href="http://www.senate.mo.gov/12info/members/mem31.htm">State&nbsp;Senator&nbsp;David Pearce&nbsp;</a>(R,&nbsp;Warrensburg)&nbsp;chairs the Senate Education Committee. Thu, 08 Dec 2011 16:52:30 +0000 Marshall Griffin 2639 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Mo. panel wants performance funding for colleges More flexibility recommended for transit money http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/more-flexibility-recommended-transit-money <p>A Democratic Congressman from Missouri has proposed giving transit agencies across the country more flexibility in how they spend federal transit dollars.</p><p>Rep. Russ Carnahan says despite millions of dollars from the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (better known as the stimulus bill), more than 85 percent of transit systems across the country had to cut service, raise fares, or both - even as more and more people came to rely on transit.</p><p>That, Carnahan says, is because the federal money has to go toward capital purchases like new buses.</p> Thu, 13 Oct 2011 20:48:15 +0000 Rachel Lippmann 2244 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org More flexibility recommended for transit money Nixon wants performance-based funding for Mo. universities http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/nixon-wants-performance-based-funding-mo-universities <p><a href="http://gov.mo.gov/">Governor Jay Nixon</a> (D)&nbsp;wants to move Missouri&rsquo;s universities and community colleges&nbsp;back to a performance-based funding model.</p><p>It would mark a return to the way business was once conducted.&nbsp; Graduation rates and similar markers were used as a basis for funding public colleges in Missouri, but the system was dumped a decade ago during an economic recession. Fri, 26 Aug 2011 02:39:41 +0000 Marshall Griffin 1944 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Nixon wants performance-based funding for Mo. universities Mo. education leader rates 2011 session http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/mo-education-leader-rates-2011-session <p>Missouri&rsquo;s top K-12 education official is giving lawmakers mixed grades on the just-completed legislative session. Wed, 18 May 2011 22:25:41 +0000 Marshall Griffin 1263 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Mo. education leader rates 2011 session Mo. Gov. Nixon signs education funding legislation http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/mo-gov-nixon-signs-education-funding-legislation <p>Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has signed <a href="http://www.house.mo.gov/billsummary.aspx?bill=HB15&amp;year=2011&amp;code=R">legislation</a> allowing the use of $189 million in federal education money to fill shortfalls in state funding.</p><p>Nixon signed the measure Monday at a high school in Linn, about a half-hour east of Jefferson City.</p><p>The federal money won&#39;t yield a net increase in the funding of local school districts. But it will help avoid a reduction in basic state aid to schools during this and future academic years.</p> Mon, 02 May 2011 18:47:42 +0000 The Associated Press & Kelsey Proud 1155 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Mo. Gov. Nixon signs education funding legislation