State Auditor Claire McCaskill has released an audit report on the funding formula for the state’s public schools and she finds a good deal of fault with the way in which dollars are allocated. McCaskill believes the gap between the “have” and “have not” districts is expanding and must be addressed. But, she says that’s hard to do because the formula is very complicated and difficult for anyone to understand. McCaskill points to Missouri’s receiving a grade of D-Minus for funding efforts in a report put together by the magazine “Education Week.” Education Commissioner Kent King agrees with McCaskill that the formula is very complex, but he doesn’t know of a way to deal with that to make the system more fair. As far as equity goes, King says it is not possible to spend the same number of dollars on each of the state’s students, but he believes all children should have equal access to educational opportunities, and he says it’s up to the state to see that funding is available for that.
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