JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- A Missouri Senate committee has decided to eliminate state funding for a program that pays teachers extra money for after-school tutoring.The Senate Appropriations Committee on Thursday cut the entire $37 million allotment for the Career Ladder program. Committee Chairman Rob Mayer said the cut was unfortunate but necessary to help close a $500 million gap in Missouri's proposed 2011 budget. Nearly 18,000 teachers from two-thirds of the state's public school districts participated in the Career Ladder program last year. Teachers earn between $1,500 and $5,000 for performing extra duties, such as tutoring or developing curriculum.The Senate cut is supported by Gov. Jay Nixon. The House had previously voted to fund the program.
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