Momentum Fading for Governor's Education Plan

January 2,2006 - Posted at 2:00 p.m. CST

JEFFERSON CITY, MO - Governor Blunt is among the supporters of a proposal to require school districts to spend at least 65 percent of their money on student instruction. But the issue may be dropping further down on the legislative agenda following criticism from administrators and teachers unions.

Key legislative leaders didn't have the so-called "65 percent solution" on their priority list for this session in interviews with The Associated Press. The federal definition of direct instruction includes teacher salaries, textbooks, the arts and athletics.But that definition excludes such things as school libraries,counselors and administrators.

School officials don't like that definition and the intrusion on their local ability to make spending decisions.

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