Mo. Gov. Nixon signs education funding legislation

LINN, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has signed legislation allowing the use of $189 million in federal education money to fill shortfalls in state funding.

Nixon signed the measure Monday at a high school in Linn, about a half-hour east of Jefferson City.

The federal money won’t yield a net increase in the funding of local school districts. But it will help avoid a reduction in basic state aid to schools during this and future academic years.

Some Republican state senators criticized the spending bill, saying that accepting the federal funds will increase the national debt.

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Education bill is HB15

Online:

Nixon: http://www.gov.mo.gov

Legislature: http://www.moga.mo.gov

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