School Finance Expert Says Missouri Schools Need $800 Million More

FEBRUARY 2, 2007 - Posted at 8:06 a.m. CST

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri should spend an additional $800 million dollars on public education.

That's from consultant John Myers, who has studied school finance in more than 20 states. He testified for school districts suing the state on claims it doesn't spend enough on public schools and distributes the money unfairly.

Previously, another consultant used various statistical models to assert that Missouri needs to add as much as $1.3  billion to public schools.

John Munich is a private attorney hired to help defend Missouri's school funding system. He countered during cross examination that there is no proof that higher funding improves academic performance.

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