Education Department Wants More State Funds For Students

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JEFFERSON CITY - Education Department officials are taking matters into their own hands, saying that state legislators did nothing to deal with school funding during this year's legislative session. The current formula says the state will spend just more than $6,000 per student per year in public schools. The Education Department wants to increase that amount by $500 next year, with a similar increase the following year. The Education Department's demands would reportedly put the state $700 million further into debt. The state still has to provide an extra $250 million to fully fund the current plan. As of now the state will maintain its $6,000 per student funding amount and work to come up with money to fund it.