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New committee formed to fix education funding

February 3, 2005
By: Meghan Kloth
State Capital Bureau

The Missouri House is taking another step in solving the education funding problem. Meghan Kloth has more from the state Capital.

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A House Special Committee has been created to examine the formula used to distribute public education money. Chairman Brian Baker said the goal of the committee is to fix funding differences across Missouri and protect education.

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"Our plan is to work with the govenor to make sure that schools don't get hurt and we will do everything in our power to make sure that that happens. Because it's not just about the districts, it's about the kids and making sure they have what they need to get a quality education in the state"

The committee said they hope to have a new formula by 2006 that will be phased in. There are a few solutions that have been proposed to fix funding inequalities, but it is too soon to make any decisions. From Jefferson City, I'm Meghan Kloth.


The Missouri house has taken the next step in Governor Blunt's promise to fix education funding. Meghan Kloth has more from the capital.

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The problem of education funding has been narrowed to the formula the state uses to pay for education and a new committee has been appointed to reform the system. Chairman Brian Baker says the committee will work together to improve the distribution of public education money.

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"I believe the people on this committee understand what fairness is. We don't want to hurt anybody, but we also understand that we have to be good stewards of taxpayers money and to be able to work together."

The committee consists of urban, suburban and rural representatives who all share the goal of making the formula more efficient. The committee's goal is to have a new formula to be phased in for 2006.