School Funding Trial Focuses on Fairness in Distributing Money

JANUARY 24, 2007 - Posted at 7:51 a.m. CST

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - A school finance professor says Missouri is not fairly distributing money for public schools. Richard Salmon of Virginia Tech University testified yesterday in the lawsuit over school funding.

Salmon says Missouri's method of dividing money among districts remains unfair. He says the gap between the richest and poorest districts narrowed in the late 1990s but has widened again.

Assistant Attorney General Christopher Quinn said Salmon has testified in several similar trials around the country. He said Salmon always testifies that the state's school funding system is unfair and inadequate.

The trial was brought about by a lawsuit involving about half of Missouri's school districts.

They argue the state doesn't spend enough on public schools and doesn't divide the money equitably.

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