Nixon signs $3 billion K-12 education funding bill

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Gov. Jay Nixon. (File Photo: Missouri News Horizon)

Missouri News Horizon
Warrensburg, Mo.
- After speaking to a large audience at the American Legion Boys State of Missouri Sunday night, Gov. Jay Nixon signed the state’s fiscal year 2013 elementary and secondary education funding bill.

Nixon signed the $3.009 billion legislation before an audience of high school juniors gathered in Warrensburg.

“Our commitment to public education is ensuring that more Missouri kids are graduating from high school prepared to succeed in college, in a career or in our armed forces, but we can’t stop now,” Nixon said. “Together, we’re going to keep managing our budget well, holding the line on taxes, and investing in public education so that all Missouri children have the chance to achieve their dreams.”

The budget — which Nixon’s office said is “record funding” for K-12 education — is still short the funding called for by the state’s education funding formula.