More Money for Schools?
"When you look at priorities and you talk about education, and you see cuts to education, it's clearly not a priority when many individuals say that it is," complained Ron Berry of Missouri Pro Vote, a coalition of 40 labor and community groups.
That discussion of priorities is highlighting the debate over the federal budget, which is due next month.
"We find money for every other priority," said Greg Junig of the National Education Association. "If education really is a priority, we will put the money there and we will make a difference for our children's education."
However, the proposed budget could cut money for Missouri schools.
Sen. Kit Bond's spokesperson said federal education spending per student has gone up more than half since 1995. But, at least one University of Missouri student wants even more.
"What I want to see is that this bill needs to be reworked where, instead of viewing education as an expense, we should view it as an investment in our youth," said Colan Holmes.
If Congress does not pass a budget by next month, members can vote to delay it.