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A Missouri House panel is moving ahead with a two-tiered budget that makes education funding partly dependent on the strength of the economy.
A plan endorsed Wednesda) by the House Budget Committee would add $122 million to the state's $3 billion in basic school funding. If state revenues meet Governor Jay Nixon's more optimistic projections, the House budget would provide a $278 million increase for schools - still less than Nixon wanted.
The House plan would also bar the universities from offering resident tuition rates to students living in the U.S. illegally.
Cuts in the classroom are coming to the East St. Louis School District. Teachers layoffs were announced during Thursday night's packed school board meeting.
In all, 69 teachers in District 189 will lose their jobs. Five elementary school principals and two middle school principals will also be cut.
East St. Louis is just the latest in a long list of metro-east school districts forced to make the cuts because of state and local budget issues.
Missouri Governor Jay Nixon says he'd like to add six days to the school calendar. And southwestern Missouri Republican State Rep. Lyle Rowland is proposing the state base the requirement on hours, rather than both that and days...and he'd like to add another 29-36 hours to the minimum.
Some districts have expressed skepticism because of the added cost and conflicts with existing labor contracts.