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GOV. NIXON PROPOSES INCREASED FUNDING FOR A+ PROGRAM
January 21, 2011
Three C-1 district A+ coordinators, Pat Dwyer, Erin Johnston and Deb Grassi, joined other A+ coordinators from school districts across the Kansas City area to hear Missouri Governor Jay Nixon’s proposal to expand funding for the program during this legislative session in Jefferson City . Speaking at a news conference January 21 at the Metropolitan Community College- Penn Valley Health Science Institute, Governor Nixon said he would like to increase funding for the A+ program by $7 million and make the program available to all public schools statewide.
During the news conference, Nixon also said he would like to see a change in the way schools achieve A+ status—currently a three year process. “Many students are missing out on receiving the A+ incentives and scholarships,” the governor said.
Missouri’s A+ Schools program, created in 1993, is an incentive for improving the state’s high schools by ensuring all students who graduate are prepared to pursue advanced education opportunities and/or employment. One of the many benefits of the program—students who graduate from one of the state’s 274 designated A+ high schools can qualify for a state-paid education at any public community college or career/technical school in Missouri. Nearly 850 students at Hickman Mills Junior High School and Ruskin High School currently participate in the A+ program.