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Public schools could receive more funding

February 22, 2006
By: Amy Becker
State Capital Bureau

One state Representative says he has a plan to boost the bottom line at public schools.

Amy Becker reports from Jefferson City.

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Democrat Representative Joe Aull says even though the school foundation formula passed last year made changes in how state money was allocated, education remains underfunded.

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Contents: "I want the perception out there that schools aren't getting all the money they need so that kids can be educated effectively. There are some shortcomings there, too.

Aull says the new formula has the potential to work out the bugs in state funding and will provide public schools with the money they need.

From the state capitol, I'm Amy Becker.

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A state lawmaker says he is concerned over the use of state funding in public schools.

Amy Becker has more from the state capitol.

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Republican State Representative Maynard Wallace says state funding to public schools isn't evenly distributed among school districts.

He says larger schools get more money while rural schools get little or no funding at all.

Wallace says Governor Matt Blunt's attempts at education funding were good. But, he says more must be done to give rural schools the same quality of education as urban schools.

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Contents: "Well, I think we're moving in the right direction, I don't think we're moving fast enough. You know we say we're fully funding the formula, what we're really doing is fully funding fifteen percent."

Wallace says the state has to focus on equalizing quality of education and funding between schools.

From the state capitol, I'm Amy Becker.

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A state lawmaker says Governor Matt Blunt has not been up front about the state of education in Missouri.

Amy Becker reports from the state capitol.

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Democrat Representative Joe Aull proposed a bill that would increase funding to public schools.

Aull says he is concerned with the status of education under Governor Blunt.

In Blunt's state of the state address, he said education was his number one priority and schools were being fully funded.

Aull says this is not the case.

He says schools are only partially funded and need more money.

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Contents: "I just want us to be up front with the public and if we're going to fully fund education, let's fully fund education. If we're not going to, let's tell people we're not doing it. Let's be straightfoward with them."

Aull says he wants the governor to follow up on his claim that education is his number one priority and increase funding for public schools.

From the state capitol, I'm Amy Becker.