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Initially, the goal was ,117 per child per year, with additional cost-of-living adjustments added in some districts.
So, too, did other factors — including one legislative change in 2009 that is widely viewed as a mistake today.
Even so, public education officials are applauding the .8 billion budget plan the Legislature is sending to Gov. The budget would fully fund the school formula, cancel millions in cuts to school transportation that Greitens had planned to make and, for the first time, eventually trigger up to million in preschool funding for public schools statewide.
While Greitens still has to sign the budget, the state constitution prevents him from using a veto to reduce funding for public schools.
Studies overwhelmingly suggest that educational gaps originate in disadvantaged and minority children long before they enter kindergarten, and that effective preschool shrinks those gaps and benefits all children.“The formula really speaks to what is the set of kids that we are committed to educating,” said Otto Fajen, legislative director for the Missouri National Education Association teachers union.
“It’s really making a statement that we’ve moved beyond kindergarten to at-risk 3- and 4-year-olds.”Missouri currently ranks 35th in pre-kindergarten spending, according to a January report by the Education Commission of the States.
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Ritenour is expecting an 0,000 increase once the formula is fully funded, said Superintendent Chris Kilbride.
But the increase still won’t solve all the district’s budget troubles, because more of its revenue comes from local taxes, which have decreased for the past several years.
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