JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has signed into law bills that allow parents to be charged fees for an early childhood education program and allows larger grants for spinal cord research.
Currently, the Parents as Teachers program is free. The fees would help sustain the program, which has been cut deeply in the state budget that takes effect next week. That legislation also gives school districts more budget flexibility in coping with shortfalls in state funding.
Nixon on Thursday also signed a bill increasing the maximum grants for spinal cord research from $50,000 to $250,000. The grants are awarded by the University of Missouri-Columbia. They are funded by a $2 court fee charged on every criminal or infraction case.
Education is HB1543
Spinal cord research is SB987
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