Among the appearances Governor Jay Nixon has been making around the state to talk about a variety of topics, have been visits to schools regarding his Good Schools, Good Jobs plan.
The Governor yesterday visited high schools at Chillicothe and Grain Valley to talk about the plan he outlined last month in his State of the State address. The plan would fully fund the state's Kindergarten through 12th grade foundation formula by the 2016 fiscal year.
The Governor's office quoted Chillicothe Superintendent of Schools, Roger Barnes, as saying the Governor's proposal to fully fund schools would help the Chillicothe district to continue hiring quality teachers so class sizes can be reduced, elective opportunities for middle school students can be expanded, advanced courses can be offered at the high school, and concentration can be made to prepare students to be college and career ready while providing every student the opportunity to succeed in school and beyond.
Governor Nixon's 2015 fiscal year budget includes an increase of $278 million for K through 12th grade classrooms. His office said it puts the state on a path to fully fund the foundation formula in 2 years. The governor's office said it would increase funding for Chillicothe R-2 schools by more than $679,000.
Nixon says he's made public education in Missouri a top priority of his administration. His office said math and reading scores have increased on his watch, and Missouri's high school graduation rate is the 8th highest in the nation. His office also said, during the past 5 years, Missouri has led the nation in minimizing tuition increases at its public universities. Nixon mentioned Missouri was the top state in the nation in technology growth last year.