Missouri Senate Considers Bill That Would Eliminate Summer School Program
COLUMBIA - As states tighten their budgets, one important program for public school students in Missouri is getting slashed. A bill in the Missouri Senate could cut funding for the summer school program and could potentially harm low-achieving and struggling students.
Senate bill, SB12, would force school districts to fund the summer school program at their own expense or at the expense of the parent. The bill has raised concern among administrators including Columbia Superintendent Chris Belcher. He says the program is just too important to cut all together. Belcher wants to find funding for a summer-intervention program for struggling and low-income students. He estimates the program would cost about up to 1.8 million dollars and would be funded by district revenues and not cuts from other programs.
Last year, the state funded program cost Missouri about 3.6 million dollars. School districts could see a loss of 2 million dollars this year if lawmakers pass the bill.