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Governor Calls for More Spending on Student Instruction

Governor Matt Blunt says Missouri school districts need to spend more money on student instruction. KSMU's Missy Shelton reports.

Governor Matt Blunt most Missouri school districts are spending too much money on bureaucracy and not enough on educating children in the classroom.

Blunt unveiled an initiative today (Thursday) during a press conference in Springfield that would require all school districts to spend at least 65 percent of their money on student instruction.

Under the proposal, student instruction includes teacher salaries, textbooks, supplies, technology, arts programs and athletics.

Blunt says only a fraction of districts now spend 65 percent or more on these expenditures.

The proposal includes a provision that puts the measure to a statewide vote