For the past decade or so, Missouri has not fully funded school improvement efforts to help underperforming K-12 public school districts. The state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) says it has requested about $6 million per year for the past ten years or so.
The Legislature and Governor got much lower numbers — ones that underfund school improvement efforts by millions of dollars each year.
The way this affects underperforming schools is that they lack the tools to help students improve their levels of academic achievement.
Doug Hayter, executive director of the Missouri Association of School Administrators, weighs in on funding decisions.
To listen to the Show Me Today interview, click below. (13:29)
Missouri funding has come up short to help improve underperforming schools: https://www.missourinet.com/2022/04/04/missouri-funding-has-come-up-short-to-help-improve -underperforming-schools/
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