Missouri's legislature has approved a plan designed to let them give a smaller budget increase to local schools.
Justin Herndon has more from Jefferson City.
The Missouri Senate gave final approval to a redefined school foundation formula plan offered by Senator Ken Jacob.
However, this plan reduces the original amount of funding from 219 million dollars to about 154 million.
Still, some senators didn't think the state has enough money to fund that proposal.
Senator Jacob gave an emotional appeal to his Republican opponents.
The Senate Approriations Chairman, John Russell, garnered support from some Republican colleagues that barring some divine intervention there's just not enough money there.
Newton County Senator Marvin Singleton agreed with that position.
Senator Morris Westfall also spoke out in oppostion and he wanted to send it back to a conference for further debate...effectively killing the bill.
But Senator Jacob convinced his supporters to defeat that motion.
After a close vote on that motion...Jacob's bill moved on for a final vote before advancing to the Governor.
With a final vote of 19-14 the bill passed and it now awaits the governor's signature.
Justin Herndon, Jefferson City.