Understanding Boone County, Missouri School Districts

Executive Summary

At the end of the 2014 legislative session, the GOP led majority passed an income tax cut skewed toward the state’s wealthiest residents. School districts could potentially face millions of dollars in cuts as a result. The effect of these cuts will be unique to each school district. In order to explore how the cuts will affect each Boone County district, vignettes were written based on demographic, financial, human resource, and performance data provided by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. Based on this data, projected per district funding levels, and the education scholarship, it is determined that all the county’s districts will be adversely affected. Hallsville will be the most affected financially, and Sturgeon the least. All of the rural districts will see greater per student cuts than Columbia,
even though they have far fewer local resources. The long-term consequences of these funding cuts on the retention of quality teachers, and the adequate education of Boone County’s children, are expected to be significant and negative.

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