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Public Education Funding: Professor Peters Interviewed

June 16th, 2016

Prof. Philip G. Peters Jr

Professor Philip Peters was recently quoted in a KOMU TV news report and in the accompanying online article regarding Missouri’s public education funding and its constitutionality. The article says that the public education system is funded through a foundation formula. When a new formula was created in 2005, it was supposed to be phased in from 2006 to 2012.

Professor Peters said “When we look closely at the formula, you see that it provided only $2 or 3 million in the first year. The promise was that it eventually the state would add $800 million. . . BUT when the real money had to be added they said ‘No, we’re not coming up with that $100 million this year.’” As a result, the formula has never been fully funded.

Professor Peters also told KOMU that the percent of total school funding provided by the state is 49th of 50 states. He noted that a recent lawsuit challenging the adequacy of Missouri state funding failed because of a unique provision in the Missouri Constitution.

Professor Peters specializes in education reform and reducing educational disparities.

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