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May 19, 2011MARYVILLE, MO |  By: Wayman

Thomson on Education Funding

This year's legislative session accomplished some things, but education in Missouri still needs to be worked on.

That's the assessment from Maryville representative Mike Thomson, who now also chairs the legislature's joint committee on education. Thomson says the state's funding formula will hold steady for next year, but rising costs like fuel for transportation continues hitting schools hard, just as state funding for transportation is cut nearly 50 million dollars from just two years ago. Thomson says the funding shortfall in how the state funds go to local schools has yet to be addressed. Thomson also points to the parents as teachers program funding being cut in half from 3 years ago and the state's defunding of career ladder as two other ways local districts are being hit. Tomorrow we will hear from Savannah senator Brad Lager on his review of the recently completed legislative session.