Some Missouri lawmakers want to reject school money -

Some Missouri lawmakers want to reject school money

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Some lawmakers are suggesting Missouri reject a federal payment of $189 million for schools. But even if Missouri accepts the money, a new Senate calculation shows many schools still will have their state budget allocation reduced.
The school-funding concerns were aired Thursday in Senate, as lawmakers try to figure out the effect of Gov. Jay Nixon's budget recommendations on local school districts.
Nixon wants to give schools the influx of federal money this year, then cut their funding the following school year. Next year's cut would be bigger than this year's bonus payment. But Nixon's administration wants schools to balance the two by carrying over money from this year into the 2011-2012 school year.
Two Republican senators said Thursday that Missouri should turn down the federal money.
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