Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon shakes hands in Jan. with students after outlining his plan that would include low-income students in the A-plus Community College scholarship program. Nixon signed legislation today regarding education funding in Mo.
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.