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Mo. school board wants to suspend funding phase-in

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - The State Board of Education is urging Missouri lawmakers to postpone implementation of a school funding law.

Under a 2005 law, state funding for K-12 school districts is supposed to rise by about $120 million a year for seven years.

But because of state budget troubles, schools did not receive the full amount called for during the 2009-2010 school year, and they won't this year. And neither Gov. Jay Nixon nor legislators
believe it is possible to provide schools the full amount next year.

The state education board sent a letter to lawmakers this week asking them to postpone the scheduled phase-in of the funding law.

The board says when the formula is not fully funded, some schools could get a greater or lesser share than originally intended under the law.

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