Missouri Senate approves plan $50 million short of full K-12 funding

The Missouri Senate has approved a budget plan for K-12 education that falls $50 million short of the full funding requested.

The funding marks a $48 million increase over what schools got last year, but it falls short of the $98 million increase approved by the Missouri House last month.

That comes after lawmakers last year fully funded the state’s K-12 education formula for the first time in history.

All told, K-12 education costs the state about $6.1 billion.

Senators opted to use the remaining funds on other education budget lines, and on spending priorities like nursing homes.

The chamber voted to leave funding for higher education flat.

Read more: Kansas City Star, Missourinet

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