Governor Matt Blunt’s plan to require all school districts in the state to spend at least 65 percent of revenues in the classrooms comes under fire and the Governor fires back. Democrat leaders in the Missouri House and Senate have staged a meeting with fellow Democrat lawmakers and opponents to Governor Blunt’s proposal to require 65 percent of school funding on classroom instruction. Tom Kerber with the Missouri School Boards Association was the first of a long-line of opponents complaining about the potential loss of local control. But Governor Blunt, who was not invited to the meeting, defends his proposal as necessary. Opponents also railed against the Governor for leaving nurses, counsellors, and school librarians out of the 65 percent plan that could force districts to cut those positions. Blunt says he’s amenable to allowing those positions to be under the 65 percent proposal.
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