A+ Scholarships

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If today's press conference at Oak Brook Elementary in the Parkway School District is any indication, Gov. Jay Nixon hopes to make investment in education a focal point as he starts his second term.

Details - including exact dollar amounts - will have to wait for Monday's State of the State address. But the Democrat Nixon says the new money will span from early childhood to college. His initiatives include:

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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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Read Gov. Jay Nixon's proposed budget for fiscal year 2012 closely, and you'll see a set of numbers that can give you pause.