Judge Will Not Decide School Funding Case this Session
Jefferson City, MO. – The state of Missouri wants a judge to dismiss one of the claims by school districts challenging Missouri's method of funding public schools.
But the judge this afternoon said he doesn't plan to get into the matter until the legislative session is over.
More than 250 districts filed suit last year. They claim the state's finance formula is unconstitutional, in part because it does not provide enough funding.
But lawyers for the state say Missouri's Constitution simply requires that at least
25 percent of the state budget go to schools. They contend that the state has consistently topped that minimum.