All Missouri students deserve a quality education in the public, private, or home setting. High academic standards must be set for each child. We must give parents, teachers and administrators the flexibility to reach those standards without onerous regulations that hinder or prevent a quality learning experience.
The State Constitution requires that we give our public education system for elementary and secondary education a minimum of 25% of the total general revenue dollars in our state budget. We have exceeded that mandate by almost 10% and in the past two years that I have served, we have increased their budget by $262,588,810.
Yet money alone does not assure we have quality schools. If we increase their budget while simultaneously increasing the level of mandates and paperwork, we have limited their ability to tailor to the needs of their students in the classroom. I am committed to giving our teachers in the classroom the flexibility they need to teach each student to the best of his or her ability.
Houghton hosts a monthly meeting with the Superintendents in his district and has hosted a Rural School Forum with the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to ensure that they were being heard