funding

Public School Funding
12:08 pm
Wed April 20, 2011

Mo. Senate passes budget plans impacting funding to colleges, public schools

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The Missouri Senate has passed a funding plan for public schools as it begins debate on a $23 billion proposed budget.

  • A Senate budget bill approved Wednesday would provide schools $3 billion in basic aid next year - the same amount as this year but an estimated $179 million less than called for under the school funding formula.

Legislators and Gov. Jay Nixon say the state cannot afford to pay schools the full amount they are due.

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Missouri Department of Transportation
2:41 pm
Mon March 21, 2011

Mo. faces highway funding shortfall

Missouri Department of Transportation director Kevin Keith says Missouri is "nearing a crisis" in highway funding.
(Missouri Department of Transportation)

Missouri's transportation director says the state is nearing a crisis in highway funding and may have to turn away federal dollars unless it comes up with more of its own money for roads.

Department Director Kevin Keith told The Associated Press on Monday the agency now believes it must make about $300 million in cost cuts to free up enough state money to match federal highway dollars over the next five years. The department last year had set a goal of $200 million of savings.

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MO Statehouse
11:06 am
Tue March 15, 2011

Mo. House panel backs governor on busing aid

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Updated 3:29 p.m. March 15, 2011 with information from committee meeting.

A Missouri House committee has opted not to try to increase funding for school busing and the state's A+ scholarship program.

Some lawmakers had distributed amendments Tuesday that would have provided about $35 million of additional money for public school transportation. But the committee did not vote on any of those amendments Tuesday.

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Paideia Academy
11:52 am
Fri March 11, 2011

Shuttered Mo. charter school keeps leftover cash

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Questions are being raised after St. Louis' Paideia Academy closed and kept nearly a half-million dollars in leftover money.

Missouri education officials say state regulators didn't have the authority to take back unspent money. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that a federal investigation is under way, and that the state auditor's office has also asked questions.

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Robin Carnahan / Fox News
2:51 pm
Fri February 18, 2011

Robin Carnahan can use legal expense fund for Fox suit

Missouri Secretary of State Robin Carnahan waves to the crowd during an election night watch party in St. Louis on Nov. 2, 2010. (UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

The Federal Election Commission says Missouri Democrat Robin Carnahan can set up a legal defense fund to help cover $85,000 of costs from a copyright lawsuit brought by the Fox News Network.

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Religious Schools, Public Funding
10:47 am
Wed February 16, 2011

Mo. bill would allow vouchers for private schools

Mo. State Rep. Jay Barnes. (via Office of Representative Barnes)

A state House member wants to amend the Missouri Constitution to let parents receive public funding to send children to religious schools.

The proposal by Jefferson City Republican Jay Barnes would repeal a prohibition on public money going to religious schools. If approved by the full House and Senate, it would go on a statewide ballot.

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MO Statehouse
5:38 pm
Thu February 3, 2011

Nixon releases $10 million for school buses in Missouri

Governor Jay Nixon (D) has released an additional $10 million withheld from school bus funding for Missouri's public schools this year.

Nixon initially ordered $70 million withheld from K-12 transportation funding, citing dwindling revenues.

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Education funding
4:01 pm
Wed December 29, 2010

Gaming dollars coming in lower than expected

Missouri’s K-12  schools could face even tougher funding hurdles this year thanks to the slumping gaming industry.

A document provided to the Associated Press today shows Missouri’s 12 casinos were projected to generate about $372 million. That was based on the assumption that removing loss limits would generate more revenue.

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