St. Louis Public Radio News
10:33 am
Tue February 18, 2003

House Committee Votes School Cuts

Jefferson City, MO – A Missouri House committee calls for more
than $100 million in cuts to public schools next fiscal year.

Today's vote is in line with a Republican effort to trim all aspects of government spending.

The cuts would eliminate the state's safe-schools program and stop rewarding districts that offer summer school.

Majority Republicans ok'd the cuts on party-line votes, leaving Democrats furious.

One is Columbia's Chuck Graham, who says the committee seems to be concerned with education reductions -- not appropriations.

The plan goes to the House Budget Committee, which submits a budget plan to the full House.

The Senate also must weigh in on the budget for the fiscal year starting n July.