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Gov. Nixon announces that he will veto legislation that would have sent public dollars to private schools

• Senate Bill 493 fails to address challenges resulting from existing transfer law and instead would create even more problems for students and families, Governor says
JEFFERSON CITY, MO – Gov. Jay Nixon today announced that he will veto legislation that would have diverted public, taxpayer dollars away from Missouri’s public schools and given that money to private schools without any accountability to voters.  In addition, the Governor said that this failed attempt to fix the current school transfer law would, in fact, result in further disruption for students in struggling school districts by eliminating the requirement that unaccredited school districts pay for transportation costs.   

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Kander encourages participation in summer reading programs

• Sign up at tour local library
Jefferson City, Mo. — Secretary of State Jason Kander today encouraged parents and guardians to make plans for their children to participate in summer reading programs. Local libraries across Missouri have begun their annual push to sign up families for reading programs that promote literacy skills and help keep children’s minds sharp while school is out.


McCaskill meets with Missouri Rural Letter Carriers Association

• Senator discusses her fight to protect rural post offices
WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill today met with representatives from the Missouri Rural Letter Carriers Association to discuss their joint effort to fight for rural post offices and maintain postal delivery standards.

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Continued decline in lottery and gaming revenues results in education funding shortfall in the remaining weeks of this school year, Gov. Nixon announces

JEFFERSON CITY – Gov. Jay Nixon today announced that revenues from lottery and riverboat gaming have continued their steep decline, resulting in an additional estimated shortfall of $35.1 million for the current 2014 Fiscal Year which ends June 30.

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Gov. Nixon advances plans for five tornado safe room projects at schools across state

• Governor authorizes moving ahead with plans to provide funding for severe weather shelters at schools in Lincoln, St. Charles, Stoddard, Texas and Webster counties
TROY, Mo. – During a visit to Troy Buchanan High School, Gov. Jay Nixon today announced he has authorized the State Emergency Management Agency to proceed with proposals for a total of five tornado safe rooms at schools in Lincoln, St. Charles, Stoddard, Texas and Webster counties.

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