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Democrats respond to Republican school funding plan.

February 7, 2002
By: Johnathan Woodward
State Capital Bureau

Democrats say a Republican school funding plan is no good.

Johnathan Woodward has more from Jefferson City.

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Democrats say the Republican plan to use gaming funds would rob the "Foundation Formula"--the plan that currently funds schools in Missouri.

But Republican Representative Catherine Hanaway says that's not the case:

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OutCue: AFTER THAT
Contents: Hanaway says the GOP's priority is first to fund the foundation formula, and then use the new trust fund.

Democrats say with the current budget problems, funding the foundation formula will be harder than Republicans admit. But G-O-P leaders say because their plan won't take effect until 2004, there's plenty of time to make it work.

In Jefferson City, Johnathan Woodward.


Democrats at the State Capitol say a Republican school funding plan won't work.

Johnathan Woodward has more from Jefferson City.

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Republicans want to use gambling revenue to fund what they call the "Classroom Trust Fund."

Right now, gaming revenue helps fund the Foundation Formula, the current school funding plan.

But Lieutenant Governor Joe Maxwell says the G-O-P's idea is unfair:

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OutCue: LOCAL SCHOOL DISTRICTS
Contents: Maxwell says the G-O-P plan would work against the current funding setup known as the "Foundation Formula."

Republicans say they want to make sure the current Formula has enough money. But Democrats say the Republicans won't be able to fund both plans--making schools lose out on money.

In Jefferson City, Johnathan Woodward.