Missouri House panel OKs plan for $69M more for K-12 schools

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) _ Missouri lawmakers have passed a spending plan that includes about $69 million more for K-12 schools and nearly $10 million more in performance funding for higher education.

The House Budget Committee on Wednesday passed a package of bills outlining state spending. The measures cover the fiscal year that begins July 1.

Proposals that passed include a roughly $69 million increase in basic aid for public K-12 schools. Education officials say that’s still well below what’s needed to fully fund schools and less of an increase than the $85 million that Gov. Jay Nixon recommended.

Public colleges and universities could get as much as $9.9 million more in performance-based funding. Nixon had asked for more than $55.6 million.

The budget next moves to the full House for debate.

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