Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Missouri budget winners, losers finalized - Crystal Thomas, Joplin Globe

No state assistance will go to the Missouri Scholars and Fine Arts academies. Originally, $250,000 was slated to be shared between the two summer camps that host gifted children at University of Missouri-Columbia and Missouri State University, respectively. Melissa Kerr, the Missouri Fine Arts Academy director, said she is focusing on hosting the 120 kids for its June camp. All of its funding depends on the state, though sometimes Missouri State University pitches in, Kerr said. With funding cuts to colleges, Kerr said the academy can't depend on university for funding. A 6.6 percent cut to all Missouri public colleges, including Missouri Southern State University and Crowder College. The cuts come on top of money the governor withheld from the current fiscal year to balance the budget.

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