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Missouri Education Leaders Urge Compromise on Budget

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By Elizabeth Gill/AP

Jefferson City, Mo. – Education leaders in Missouri want a quick resolution to the state's budget woes.

The Missouri State Teachers Association and the state's School Boards' Association are urging compromise between Governor Holden and the Republican-controlled legislature.

The School Board Association's Brent Ghan says he's glad Holden is pushing for extra school funding.

"We are appreciative of all of his efforts along that line," Ghan said. "On the other side of the coin, we do need to have some resolution to this issue. It simply can't go on and on indefinitely."

Local school officials are having a hard time budgeting for the upcoming school year, now less than two months away. Usually, the state gives superintendents a financial outlook by May.

Governor Holden twice vetoed the budget for public schools and colleges. He wants lawmakers to pass a 90-day education appropriation, and add more money during another special session in September.

Instead, legislative Republicans plan to push through the same, full-year education budget they passed last week. A House vote is scheduled today. Passage would send the bills to the Senate.

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