Nixon Expresses Importance of Good Schools at Cassville High School

By KOLR10 News

Published 01/30 2014 03:23PM

Updated 01/30 2014 03:28PM

"Talking with students in Cassville about our commitment to giving them the opportunity to achieve their dreams."/courtesy @GovJayNixon (Twitter)
CASSVILLE, Mo. – In a visit to Cassville High School in Barry County, Mo., Gov. Jay Nixon says good schools are vital to the state’s ability to compete and create jobs in the global economy.

“We must make sure that every student has the opportunity to attend a good school so that when they graduate, they are on a solid path to college or a career,” Gov. Nixon said. “As a result of our strict fiscal discipline and growing economy, we now have the ability to equip our schools with the tools they need to teach today’s students for tomorrow’s jobs. The choice before us is clear: we can build on our momentum by investing in our schools, or we can settle for less and watch our students - and our economy - fall behind.”

During the State of the State address last week, Nixon detailed his “Good Schools, Good Jobs” plan, which will provide resources to help the Cassville R-IV School District reduce class sizes and protect access to early childhood education.

“Gov. Nixon’s ‘Good Schools, Good Jobs’ plan will help the Cassville R-IV School District improve learning and provide our students with the resources needed for a 21st century education,” said Cassville Superintendent Richard Asbill. “On behalf of Cassville and other Barry county schools, we hope that all of our local legislators will join in the honorable effort to fund schools and support the students and parents they represent.”

Nixon’s Fiscal Year 2015 budget proposal includes an increase of $278 million for K-12 classrooms, which Nixon hopes will but the state on a path to fully funding the K-12 foundation formula. The formula, passed into law in 2005, establishes the state’s funding level for K-12 schools.

Gov. Nixon has made public education in Missouri a top priority of his administration.

A district-by-district summary of the estimated impact of Nixon’s proposed budget can be found here.

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