What may seem like deja vu to the area’s local school districts, state legislators will be holding an open forum tonight in Rolla to discuss educational issues being debated in Jefferson City.


What may seem like deja vu to the area’s local school districts, state legislators will be holding an open forum tonight in Rolla to discuss educational issues being debated in Jefferson City.

The session begins at 6:30 p.m. at the D. Kent King Administration Building.

Sen. Frank Barnitz (D-Lake Spring), Rep. Jason Smith (R-Salem), Rep. Dan Brown (R-Rolla) and Rep. Don Wells (R-Cabool) held a similar forum last year, and all will be there again.

“There is some discussion flowing between the (General Assembly) committees,” said Rolla Superintendent Dr. Jerry Giger.

It should not be surprising much of what interests local districts is the state of funding and what will happen next year.

In a list provided by Giger, many of the topics that will be addressed to legislators have to deal with specific programs and taxes impacting education.

Gov. Jay Nixon proposed budget calls for an $18 million increase in the states funding of the formula. It, however, is about $43 million less than this year’s phase-in calls for.

As for this year’s funding for non-foundation-formula programs, the cuts keep coming for Missouri schools. Parents as Teachers, has seen two rounds of cuts, one at 10 percent and another of 6 percent this year. A 10 percent reduction for the program has been worked into Nixon’s 2010-2011 budget.