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House Speaker Rod Jetton creates a new committee to redistribute school money

February 3, 2005
By: Victor Roberto
State Capital Bureau

Missouri House Speaker Rod Jetton says he wants to find a new way to fund public schools. Victor Roberto has more from the state Capitol.

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The Speaker announced the creation of a new committee to fix education funding. The committee is made up of legislators, school superintendents, and former educators. Columbia Representative Ed Robb has high expectations of the committee.

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Contents: We will have a new funding formula by the end of this session...that we will present to the governor.

Robb is also on the Joint Committee on education. He says this committee will be able to introduce new legislation, unlike the joint one. From the state Capitol, I'm Victor Roberto.

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The Missouri House will soon have some new opinions on school funding. Victor Roberto has more from the state Capitol.

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House Speaker Ted Jetton created the committee to find better ways to fund public schools. The group's main goal is to find the best way to distribute money to Missouri public schools. Jetton appointed Rep. Brian Baker to chair the committee.

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Contents: Some ideas will be good...some ideas will not be good. But we will listen intently and do our best to collect the best ideas that will represent all parts of the state.

Baker says the new formula will go into effect in 2006. From the state Capitol, I'm Victor Roberto.

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Missouri education money might soon be spent in different areas. Victor Roberto has more from the state Capitol.

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Missouri House speaker Rod Jetton created a new committee to find better ways to pay for public schools. Rep. Mike Corcoran is the ranking Democrat on the bipartisan committee. Both sides agree education funding is an important issue for both parties.

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Contents: I'm looking forward to working in a bipartisan fashion. This is not a party issue, it's a regional issue and I'm hoping we can come to some type of phased-in program down the road.

The committee is made up of lawmakers, school superintendents, and former educators. From the state Capitol, I'm Victor Roberto.