Students in Rolla got a special lesson in Missouri state government Wednesday. Gov. Jay Nixon visited Rolla High School to discuss his “Good Schools, Good Jobs” initiative. The governor’s proposal aims to fully fund the state’s K-12 foundation formula by Fiscal Year 2016. In Rolla, the proposal would provide funding to hire additional early childhood education teachers and offer more preschool openings, as well as continue providing hand-held and wireless technology in the classroom.
The governor told students Missouri was the number-one state in technology job growth in the nation last year, and good schools are vital to building on this momentum. “In order to continue growing our economy, our students must be prepared to compete for the jobs of the future and that is what ‘Good Schools, Good Jobs’ is all about,” Gov. Nixon said. “Businesses are seeing Missouri as a great place to invest and create jobs and last year Missouri led the nation in technology job growth. My proposal fosters continued growth by making sure we have good schools in every community, so that there are good jobs for every family.”
Gov. Nixon’s Fiscal Year 2015 budget proposal includes an increase of $278 million for K-12 classrooms, putting the state on a path to fully funding the foundation formula in two years. The K-12 foundation formula, passed into law in 2005, establishes the state’s funding level for K-12 schools.
“One of our stated beliefs at Rolla Public Schools is that students should be prepared to compete and excel in a global society, and that means helping each one develop the skills necessary to succeed in a quickly changing world,” said Dr. Aaron Zalis, Rolla Superintendent of Schools.
Missouri was the fastest-growing state for technology employment in 2013, according to recent analysis of data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics by Dice.com. Missouri gained 2,700 tech positions in 2013, an increase of 8.4 percent, in the category of Professional and Business Services, Computer Systems design and Related Services.