Gov. Jay Nixon today visited Stewartsville High School in DeKalb County and La Plata High School in Macon County to recognize the district for its continued academic excellence and announce significant progress toward his goal of giving every student in Missouri the opportunity to earn an A+ Scholarship. A+ Scholarships cover tuition and fees for two years at any public two-year community college or technical school in the state.
In January, Gov. Nixon set a goal of giving every student in the state the opportunity to earn an A+ Scholarship. Today, the Governor announced that 118 Missouri high schools, including Stewartsville High School, recently received their A+ designation. With today's announcement, all 520 Missouri high schools that sought the A+ designation - including 266 since Gov. Nixon took office in 2009 - have now earned it, and 99 percent of Missouri's public high school students can now earn scholarships for two years of tuition and fees at one of Missouri's community colleges.
"The dream of an affordable college education should be within reach for all Missouri families," Gov. Nixon said. "That is why we have worked to hold down the cost of tuition, and expand the successful A+ schools program so that more students can earn these two-year scholarships and either continue their education at a four-year college or enter the workforce debt free. Today's announcement represents major progress toward achieving my goal of making this opportunity available to every eligible student in the state."
Under the A+ program, Missouri students can earn a scholarship to cover the cost of tuition and academic fees for two years at any public two-year community college or technical school in the state. To be eligible for the program, students must meet academic achievement standards, conduct and attendance requirements, and perform 50 hours of tutoring or mentoring service.
In addition to making funding available to expand and expedite the A+ designation to every public high school in the state, Gov. Nixon's recommended budget for Fiscal Year 2014 includes more than $100 million in additional funding for K-12 classrooms. In the appropriation bills passed by the House, the Governor's historic investment in K-12 education has remained intact and will be considered by the Senate