A coalition is being formed to look into what some claim is the underfunding of the state’s schools and there is talk of legal action to deal with the concerns. Former State Representative Gene Oakley, currently the Presiding Commissioner of Carter County in southeast Missouri, played an integral role in the lawsuit that led to the 1993 school funding formula. He’s lending his support to this effort, saying there will likely be legal action again if schools do not receive what districts throughout the state consider the schools’ fair share of state money. Oakley says if the state must cut education should not be one of the targets of the budget cutting axe.
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