Mo. Senate Backs Federal Education Funding
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) - The Missouri Senate has given final approval to a measure spending $189 million of federal education funding. Senators passed the legislation 28-6 Monday, sending the bill to the governor. Senate appropriations chairman Kurt Schaefer, a Columbia Republican, says schools will receive about $37 million of that money this school year. That money will be used to make up for shortfalls in gaming and cigarette taxes. He said schools will get the rest next school year under the state's education funding formula.
A few Republicans opposed the measure. Some are opposed to using federal money to prop up the state's budget. Sen. Jane Cunningham, of St. Louis, said schools haven't improved their performance even as the Legislature has given them more money.