Gov. Nixon strives for favorable impression

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COLUMBIA - Gov. Jay Nixon is scheduled to speak at the annual Cooperative Conference of School Administrators Tuesday morning at the Holiday Inn Executive Center.

Scott Holste, the press secretary of the governor's office, said Nixon will speak on a variety of topics, including the current level of school funding and his actions on education-related bills during the last legislative session.

The current program used for school funding in the state is the Missouri K-12 Foundation Formula, designed to provide the minimum amount of funding necessary for every student whether from a property-poor or property-rich district.

Holste said he expects Nixon to address his veto of a school transfers bill that would have given students in the St. Louis area the option to enroll in virtual education programs while their school districts would pay for it.

Holste also said he expects Nixon to address the veto of Senate Bill 224, which would have taken away scholarships under the A+ Scholarship program. The program allows Missouri high school students who perform well in school and behave well outside of school to have their tuition costs covered for two years by one of the state's public community colleges.

The governor is set to speak at 9:45 a.m.

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