Mo. Lawmakers Mull Changes to School Formula

6 years 10 months 2 weeks ago Thursday, December 29 2011 Dec 29, 2011 Thursday, December 29, 2011 8:35:00 AM CST December 29, 2011 in News
Source: The Associated Press
By: Associated Press

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Tight state budgets have Missouri lawmakers considering changes to the school funding formula that is used to steer basic aid to classrooms.

There has not been enough money in recent years to fully fund the education formula. That has prompted concern that the distribution of the money could benefit certain districts at the expense of others.

Part of the issue is that Missouri's formula does not contemplate state funding falling below what is demanded by the formula. Some proposals before the Legislature would develop a method of pro-rating the state payments to local schools when there is not enough money to fully fund the formula.

Legislative leaders say addressing the formula is one of their top priorities for the annual session that starts Wednesday.

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