Article IX of the Missouri Constitution imposes a duty on the general assembly to establish and maintain free public schools. Part and parcel of the obligation is the full funding of the State Funding Formula. Not too many years ago funds were withheld from public education proportionate with other State expenditures. This does not seem consistent with the obligation as imposed by law. I will oppose any return to these types of cutbacks and I will support full funding of the State Funding Formula or as close to full funding as possible. We owe it to our children to provide a quality education.