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School funding formula hits House snag

April 28, 2005
By: Tim Carnahan
State Capital Bureau
Links: SB

A special House committee has rejected proposed changes to how Missouri's school districts receive state money. Tim Carnahan has more from the Capitol.

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Several House Republican lawmakers split with their party, voting against the proposed education funding formula.

Much to the dismay of suburban lawmakers like Jackson County Republican Bob Johnson, the House version deviated from the Senate version of the formula, allocating more state money to rural districts.

Actuality:JOHNSON1
RunTime: 10secs
OutCue: ...and say no.
Contents: Suburban school districts are again being discriminated against and we're going to be asked to pay for everybody else's schools and our own, and I just thought it was time to draw the line and say no.

The formula plan is not dead yet.

Despite the "no" vote, it can be heard again in committee, or moved to the House floor, where it remains to be seen whether the Republican leadership have enough votes to pass it.

From the state Capitol, I'm Tim Carnahan.

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The new school funding formula has hit a roadblock in the Missouri House. Tim Carnahan has more from the state Capitol.

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A special House committee has voted against the Senate-passed school funding formula.

Several Republican lawmakers split with their party, voting against the bill.

Partly at issue was a discrepency in how the formula allocated state education dollars to rural versus suburban school districts.

The House version cut how much state money would go to metro school districts, upsetting Jackson County Republican Rpresentative Bob Johnson.

Actuality:JOHNSON5
RunTime: 9sec
OutCue: ...take care of theirs.
Contents: The majority of the committee obviously thinks that suburbia can pay a majority of taxes in the state and at the same time we should not worry about our own and take care of theirs.

The formula is not dead yet.

The plan can be heard again in committe, or moved onto the House floor for a vote by the full body.

Governor Matt Blunt's office has issued a statement saying he expects the formula to be fixed this session.

From the state Capitol, I'm Tim Carnahan.

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The plan to revamp how Missouri schools get state money has hit a snag in the Missouri House. Tim Carnahan has more from the state Capitol.

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With several Republicans splitting with their party, a special House committee voted against the Senate-passed school funding formula.

At issue was how state money would be divided among rural and metro school districts.

Republican House Speaker Rod Jetton said he expected some resistance from metro-area Republicans, but not that no Democrats would vote for the plan.

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OutCue: ...want to pass a formula.
Contents: What I'm concerned with on the other side of the aisle is I don't know if they're all concerned. I don't know if they want to pass a formula.

The formula is not dead yet.

According to Jetton, the committee could choose to re-consider the bill.

Or, if enough House members agree, it could be sent directly to the House floor.

The Governor has expressed a willingness to call a special session if the House does not pass a funding formula.

From the state Capitol, I'm Tim Carnahan.