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Governor-elect Blunt Holds Education Summit

Governor-elect Matt Blunt held an education summit Tuesday. KSMU's Missy Shelton reports.

ABOUT 40 EDUCATION AND LEGISLATIVE LEADERS GATHERED IN JEFFERSON CITY TO DISCUSS THE STATE OF EDUCATION FUNDING.

GOVERNOR-ELECT MATT BLUNT BEGAN BY SAYING THE CURRENT SYSTEM IS BROKEN.

ALMOST HALF OF THE SCHOOL DISTRICTS IN MISSOURI HAVE FILED A LAWSUIT CLAIMING EDUCATION FUNDING IS TOO LOW AND ISN'T DISTRIBUTED FAIRLY.

BLUNT SAYS HE HOPES HE AND LAWMAKERS, NOT THE COURTS WILL COME UP WITH A SOLUATION...BUT HE SAYS HE'S NOT SURE WHAT THAT SOLUTION SHOULD BE.

THE LAWYER REPRESENTING THE SCHOOLS IN THE FUNDING LAWSUIT IS ALEX BARTLETT.

HE SAYS THERE'S NO QUICK FIX.

AT LEAST ONE IDEA APPEARS TO BE OFF THE TABLE: TAX INCREASES.

GOVERNOR-ELECT MATT BLUNT SAID DURING HIS CAMPAIGN THAT HE WON'T SUPPORT HIGHER TAXES.

INCOMING HOUSE SPEAKER ROD JETTON SAYS LAWMAKERS WON'T IMPROVE SCHOOLS BY SIMPLY GIVING THEM MORE MONEY.

JETTON SAYS HE'D LIKE TO SEE MORE TRAINING FOR TEACHERS AND MORE EMPHASIS ON EARLY EDUCATION PROGRAMS LIKE PARENTS AS TEACHERS.