Missouri’s Education Commissioner is pleased with the progress being made at the Capitol to find a solution to the school funding formula problem. A concensus seems to be forming among the members of the Joint Legislative Committee on Education as they mull over a proposal that would set a new minimum spending level of about $6,300 per pupil. That would require an estimated $400-Million to $600-Million a year more than is called for under the current formula. Education Commissioner Kent King cautions this positive development does not mean the problem will be solved during this legislative session, but he’s more optimistic than he was at the start of the session. King says the devil might be in the details as individual lawmakers find things that won’t be acceptable in the school districts they represent. Despite all the concerns, King is pleased a concept has been realized before the end of February.
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