To succeed in today’s high-tech economy, students need access to technology in the classroom, Gov. Jay Nixon said today during a visit to Central High School in Cape Girardeau. The Governor’s “Good Schools, Good Jobs” plan, which he detailed during his State of the State address earlier this week, will provide the resources to help the Cape Girardeau school district continue to expand their 1:1 computer initiative, and fully fund the state’s K-12 foundation formula by Fiscal Year 2016.
“The competition for high-paying jobs is global, and quality public schools are the key to winning it,”Gov. Nixon said. “By investing in our schools, like the ones here in Cape Girardeau, we’re investing in our economy and preparing our students for success in college and careers. Today, with our economy picking up steam, we have a clear choice before us: we can expand opportunities for students and improve our schools, or we can settle for less and watch our students – and our economy – fall behind.”
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. This would increase funding for Cape Girardeau public schools by $1.26 million, which the district will use to expand their 1:1 technology initiative, which currently provides every high school student with a computer tablet for use in school, to other grade levels.
“Governor Nixon’s commitment to fully funding our schools will have a big impact on students here in Cape,” said Cape Girardeau Superintendent Dr. James Welker. “By allowing us to expand educational opportunities for our students through additional technology, the Governor’s ‘Good Schools Good Jobs’ plan will help ensure students here are well-prepared to succeed in college or start a career.”
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 four 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 here http://www.mo.gov/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/Formula_FY2015.pdf)