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State Auditor: Missouri Ranking 49th in State Aid to K-12 Public Schools Has Been Ongoing Issue

(Missourinet) A state audit reveals Missouri provided about 32-percent of state aid to K-12 public schools in 2020 – ranking Missouri 49th in the nation. That means mainly local sources, like property taxes, are picking up the rest of the tab – or cutting some educational programs. State Auditor Nicole Galloway says the national average of state aid to schools is about 45-percent, compared to Missouri’s 32-percent. The audit reviewed years 2011 to 2020…

A state audit released in 2018 also found 68-percent of Missouri’s school districts had an increase in reliance on local funding from 2006 to 2016.

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