Local schools will not be playing the guessing game anymore— at least for another year.


After seemingly poised to adjust the foundation formula Missouri uses for funding schools, legislators did nothing in the final week of the session, effectively leaving the formula and summer school intact.


Local schools will not be playing the guessing game anymore— at least for another year.

After seemingly poised to adjust the foundation formula Missouri uses for funding schools, legislators did nothing in the final week of the session, effectively leaving the formula and summer school intact.

Two weeks ago, legislators surprisingly finished the budget ahead of deadline.

However, finishing early didn’t close debate on how funds would be distributed, and left schools unsure whether money for summer school would be available.

With transportation and the Parents as Teachers program receiving financial losses, school administrators watched as bills altering implementation of the foundation formula and reducing compensation for summer school were introduced in both chambers.

Inaction comes as a relief to school administrators, who were preparing for the worst.

The Rolla Board of Education approved two summer school— a full version, and one that scaled back to core curriculum.

The Newburg Board of Education passed a comprehensive program last week before the session’s end, but were still waiting on the legislative outcome.

Newburg Superintendent John Westerman took a dim view of the debate last week, with several districts voting to scale back or cancel programs.

Westerman said he thinks the discussion got districts to jettison their programs, saving appropriations for Missouri without any bills.