Gov. Nixon: Mo. Will Fully Fund Schools, Lead Way

By Lex Smith |

Published 03/11 2014 07:07PM

Updated 03/12 2014 09:46AM

MARSHFIELD, Mo. -- Gov. Jay Nixon promised to expand access to technology across the state during a visit to Marshfield High School on Tuesday afternoon.

Nixon was in town to talk with students about his "Good Schools, Good Jobs" program.

The governor said it is part of his plan to fully fund schools in the state using the foundation formula.

Nixon said the plan will increase the fiscal year 2015 budget by nearly $300 million and promises to expand access to technology in the classrooms.

Junior Brittany Martin said a relatively new math- and science-focused program is the thing she's most passionate about at school.

"It's an engineering program where we get to do stuff like we reverse engineer stuff." said Martin

Martin said she's building her future.

"I want to go into engineering so I am taking a lot of the physics classes and the advanced math classes because I enjoy the engineering." said Martin

Martin was one of hundreds of Marshfield students who heard Nixon promise to fully fun the education foundation formula in the next two years.

 "The budget I introduced this year will get us halfway there. For this district that means over a million dollars in additional money," Nixon said.

That's funding Martin believes to be critical to her program.

"It means a lot to me because just like the PLTW it's a new program so it need funding to get started and to continue
and that program is one of the things in the school that is most important to me because it's going to help me a lot with my future and help me get to my goals," said Nixon.

Nixon says his fiscal year 2015 budget would add $278 million to the K-12 foundation formula. But, Nixon said he's wrestling with legislators who want to give tax breaks instead.

 "Give significant tax breaks to whether it is to bankers or lawyers or lobbyists with the money we could use to do this" Nixon said.

Nixon told the students it's vital Missouri lead the way innovation.

A district by district summary of the what the Governor estimates the impact of his proposed budget will be can be found here.

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