Missouri Governor Jay Nixon says his budget for next year will expand funding for education for students of all ages.
Details – including dollar amounts – will have to wait for the State of the State address, but the Democratic governor says he wants to increase funding for a state program that helps fund tuition at public and private preschools, lengthen the school year, and make more students eligible for community college and technical school scholarships.
Nixon says with state revenues improving, education is the best place to put the money.
“We’ve got to love public education so much we’re going to keep improving it in the state. We owe it to our kids as we move forward in an evolving world marketplace to assist them,” says Nixon.
The governor also plans to fund mental health training for educators in an effort to boost school safety. Nixon says the training will allow teachers and other school staff to identify a student who might pose a threat in the future.
“We’re also going to work to restore some of those resource officers out into the law enforcement network, so that if people do need a placement, even if it’s a short placement to deal with a very tense situation, that those law enforcement partners won’t have to act alone,” says Nixon.
Nixon also pledged to increase funding for early childhood education and college scholarships, as well as lengthen the school year.
He’ll unveil specifics dollar amounts during his State of the State speech on Monday.