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Missouri Governor Jay Nixon makes stop in Vernon County to promote 'Good Schools, Good Jobs'

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Missouri governor, Jay Nixon made a stop at Nevada High School Friday to discuss his 'Good Schools, Good Jobs' program with students and staff.

Nixon's visit began with a meeting with administrators, followed by a tour of the High School.
Nixon visited several classrooms and took questions from students concerning higher education, and the costs of college.

The Governor said he hopes to increase funding for a program allowing students to get more college credit while they're still in high school.

"If kids are willing to do mentoring in school, keep a B average, go to school, they can get a two year scholarship paid for by us to a community college in the state of Missouri. Makes college more affordable and accessible to missouri students." Nixon says.

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. The '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 School District to increase access to technology in the classroom and hire additional teachers in areas of need.  

Nixon says "Here in Vernon County, Good schools, good jobs will increase funding for your district - the budget I introduced by more than 900,000 dollars a year. This will help your district hire additional guidance counselors, in your career center so students can learn more about their opportunities after they graduate. The district will also hire additional special education teachers so that every student has a chance to reach their full potential."

Many students asked the Governor about the cost of higher education, and the concern for the amount of debt. 

"When you have a country where the student loan debt exceeds the credit card debt by trillions of dollars in student loans, those hard questions were real questions. And that's why we've frozen tuition again. That's why I asked legislature to put enough money in that budget so that tuition freeze would stick, so that we don't pass on debt to our future generations, instead we pass on opportunity" Nixon says.

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.

Nixon's full address to Nevada High School Students is posted below.
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