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Education a Prominent Theme During Missouri State of State Address

Education was a prominent theme in Governor Nixon’s State of the State Address on January 21st. “Education is the great equalizer,” said the Governor in his speech. “Because when every child has a quality education, every child has the opportunity to succeed.”

The Governor listed increased funding, heightened academic expectations, and stricter accountability measures as evidence of the state’s legislative progress for education. He made indirect reference to #MoNoOn3; the statewide effort to defeat Missouri Amendment 3, which would have used standardized test scores to evaluate public school teachers.

Academically, he cited improved math and reading scores and progress in troubled school districts as ways that Missouri’s schools are “rising to the challenge”. He also highlighted several specific communities across the state that have made academic progress or have supported public educators.

Governor Nixon was honest, however, that Missouri’s public education system isn’t where it needs to be. In order to give kids, “the best”, Governor Nixon proposed the following funding and legislative changes in 2015:

· An $11 million increase to existing preschool budgets
· A proposed record level of funding for K-12 education
· An additional $150 million for public schools
· A “clean fix” to the debate over Missouri’s school transfer law
· Start-up grants to extend Project Lead the Way (a STEM education program) to 350 more Missouri elementary schools
· An additional $25 million for Missouri higher education
· Upgrading higher education facilities, especially those in STEM programs

You can read the full text of Governor Nixon’s January 21st State of the State Address here.

As the 98th General Assembly proceeds, education legislation and funding will be ongoing subjects of discussion and debate. Part of our mission at Missouri Parent is to provide you with accurate and timely information on education funding and legislative issues that impact public education, so we’ll continue to share relevant policy updates throughout this legislative session.

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