Former Education Director Testifies

1 decade 1 year 11 months ago Wednesday, January 10 2007 Jan 10, 2007 Wednesday, January 10, 2007 7:38:19 PM CST January 10, 2007 in News
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JEFFERSON CITY - A former director of the state's education agency testified Wednesday that schools need more money to help students. Robert Bartman testified in a lawsuit brought by school districts that claim Missouri isn't spending enough on public schools and does not distribute that money fairly. Bartman was commissioner of the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education from 1987-2000. A group that represents about half of the state's 524 public school districts filed the lawsuit. The trial is also going to include evidence from various school districts on the need to improve or increase school buildings, and the lack of state funding for facilities. The trial in Cole County is expected to run until mid-February.

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