R-12 School Board Opposes Tax Cut Bill

Published 04/29 2014 11:37AM

Updated 04/29 2014 06:34PM

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. --  The Springfield R-12 school board Tuesday announced its opposition to the income tax bill currently on Gov. Jay Nixon's desk for his signature.

The board's position joins a long list of public school districts and education proponents, who say Senate Bill 509 will cause deep, harmful cuts to school funding in the state.
The R-12 district estimates Springfield schools will lost about $6.5 million a year.  They say that is the equivalent of cutting 130 classroom teachers.

The board approved a resolution asking state lawmakers not to fight the Governor's expected veto.

Board president Dr. Denise Fredrick released this statement after the board's vote; "SB 509 is a deeply flawed tax cut scheme that would threaten our ability to provide even the most basic education to our students.  State budget cuts required to cope with a revenue loss of that magnitude would have serious consequences for students in Springfield and throughout our state, including larger class sizes, less technology in classrooms, fewer children able to attend preschool and fewer teachers and counselors."

Gov. Nixon was in Springfield Tuesday to meet with the board and talk about his plans to veto the legislation.  "We believe as a state to support public education as a value and to make it better for the next group," he said.

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