|Intro:||While Governor Nixon pledged not to cut school funding, the state's top public education agency reported that's not the case.|
Wrap: The Foundation Formula is an equation used to figure out how much funding to give each school district.
The Formula isn't facing any cuts. Other school programs like Parents as Teachers weren't as fortunate. The program faced a $4-million reduction.
The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education spokesperson Gerri Ogle says there is just not enough money to fund all school programs.
|Description: "Education has a lot more needs than there would be money to fund, so we did not include a lot of increase requests or new items that we have done sometimes in prior years."|
Education Appropriations Chair Representative Mike Thomson is a republican from Maryville.
He says the committee needs to figure out how to fully fund the Foundation Formula with a $100-million shortage.
Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Christine Slusser.