Nixon, Koster at odds over public school funding

Gov. Jay Nixon is taking major issue with a statement issued Friday by Attorney General Chris Koster about public school funding.

In the statement, Koster reacted to reports about lead in drinking water at St. Louis Public Schools, saying the “contamination reported…is an unintended — but significant — consequence of the repeated refusal to invest in education and infrastructure.”

The statement prompted a heated response from Nixon, who emphasized that while more money should and could be spent on public schools, “to say that we have bottomed out in funding is just not true.”

“It’s an unfair characterization about a lot of hard work over the last seven and a half years, especially during the recession time period we had in 2009 and 2010 to put the resources we had forward,” Nixon said.

The disagreement among the two Democrats comes as Koster, the party’s nominee for governor, is making a major campaign issue out of school funding as seeks to succeed Nixon as chief executive.

Read more: St. Louis Public Radio

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