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.