NEWS RELEASE FROM THE OFFICE OF MISSOURI GOVERNOR JAY NIXON
Gov. Nixon discusses “Good Schools, Good Jobs” during visit to Nevada High School
Investments in education will expand access to technology in classrooms, and help build on Missouri’s economic momentum as the number-one state for high-tech job growth
Nevada, Mo. – Missouri was the number-one state in technology job growth in the nation last year, and good schools are vital to building on this momentum, Gov. Jay Nixon said today during a visit to Nevada High School. Gov. Nixon discussed his “Good Schools, Good Jobs” plan which will fully fund the state’s K-12 foundation formula by Fiscal Year 2016, and provide the resources to help the Nevada R-V School District to increase access to technology in the classroom and hire additional teachers in areas of need.
“Last year, Missouri was number one in the nation for technology job growth. If we want our workforce to continue to be able to fill these good jobs, we need to make sure we have good schools in every community,” Gov. Nixon said. “That’s why my ‘Good Schools, Good Jobs’ plan makes a real investment in our schools, so that employers continue to see Missouri’s workforce as ready and able to succeed on the job.”
Gov. Nixon’s Fiscal Year 2015 budget proposal includes an increase of $278 million for K-12 classrooms, putting the state on a path to fully funding the foundation formula in two years. The K-12 foundation formula, passed into law in 2005, establishes the state’s funding level for K-12 schools.
“As businesses continue to hire and our economy continues to grow, we have the opportunity to fully fund our schools in every community. Unfortunately, not everyone sees our schools as a priority. Even though Missouri already has the sixth-lowest taxes in the nation, some folks want to cut taxes in a way that would make it impossible to provide schools like Nevada with the resources they need,” Gov. Nixon said. “That would put Missouri’s economy headed in the wrong direction, so I will continue to work each and every day to get the dollars in the classroom need to keep our promise of a quality education to every Missouri child.”
“Here in Nevada, our teachers and staff are committed to giving students every opportunity for success after high school,” said Dr. Tyson Beshore, Assistant Superintendent. “With the funding available through the Governor’s ‘Good Schools, Good Jobs’ plan, we can continue this important work while improving and increasing learning at every level.”
Gov. Nixon’s Fiscal Year 2015 “Good Schools, Good Jobs” budget proposal would also increase funding for Nevada R-V schools by more than $900,000. The district would use the increased funding to hire guidance counselors for the district’s career center; hire technology instructors to increase access to technology in the classroom; and hire additional special education teachers for students with special needs.
Missouri was the fastest-growing state for technology employment in 2013, according to new analysis of data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics by Dice.com. Missouri gained 2,700 tech positions in 2013, an increase of 8.4 percent, in the category of Professional and Business Services, Computer Systems design and Related Services.
Gov. Nixon has made public education in Missouri a top priority of his administration. Math and reading scores have increased on his watch and Missouri’s high school graduation rate is now the eighth highest in the nation. Over the past five years, Missouri has also led the nation in minimizing tuition increases at its public universities.
(Editor’s note: A district-by-district summary of the estimated impact of the Governor's proposed budget can be found at http://www.mo.gov/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/Formula_FY2015.pdf)
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