- Governor-elect, Eric Greitens, does not support further funding for public education in Missouri.
- “With expectations for learners on the rise while funding is reaching new lows it goes without saying we would rather have more funds than less in order to meet accelerating expectations,” said Nixa Superintendent, Dr. Stephen Kleinsmith.
- Lack of government funding for public education makes it challenging for schools to reach accelerating expectations, infuse the classroom with technology, and meet the needs of the new-aged learner.
- The eyes of Missouri educators are placed on Greitens, as he takes his seat in the Governor’s Mansion on January 9, 2017.
The Future of Government Funding For Public Education in Missouri
The 2016 presidential race was an entertaining match that took place in a boxing ring, as Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton traded punches, spit darts and fought for their side of the wing. The audience watched throughout America in support of his/her candidate.
Although this was the national level, similar battles were fought within state-lines. Eric Greitens stood his ground in a playground tussle against Chris Koster to call the Governor’s Mansion his new home.
The funding of education in Missouri schools was among the several disagreements between Greitens and Koster. Greiten’s view on funding public education received backlash from educators across the state.
Greiten’s, the newly-elected governor of Missouri, stands against further government funding for public school districts. According to an article published in The Missouri Times, teachers teamed up to develop a “Teachers for Koster” powerhouse.
“Greiten’s thinks that the dramatic underfunding of schools is no issue, and has no problem, and clearly has no plans to address it. It’s time to stop playing political games with the funding for Missouri Schools,” said Jenifer Black-Cone, a Columbia educator, quoted in The Missouri Times.
Educators across Missouri acknowledge the need for more funding in education.
“I would hope for more funding in public education,” said Nixa School District Superintendent, Dr. Stephen Kleinsmith. “With expectations for learners on the rise while funding is reaching new lows it goes without saying we would rather have more funds than less in order to meet accelerating expectations.”
With accelerating expectations and drastic technology infusion into the classroom, the need for the dollar is critical.
“The student of today is much more technologically savvy and learns in a much different way than when schools operated even just ten years ago,” said Quinn, “We need to keep up with those advances.”
Governor-elect Greitens has the opportunity to be a hero in the arena of public education. “Our state needs a hero and our governor elect has the opportunity to be that hero but it will require a different kind of courage,” said Kleinsmith.
When he takes office in the new year, will he put on his cape?