Change is in the air with the back-to-school season underway in Missouri.

Press Release from the Missouri News Service

Change is in the air, with the back-to-school season underway in Missouri. Parents and kids are
settling into their new routines, and teachers are getting to know their pupils.

The president of the National Education Association in Missouri, Chris Guinther, says things will be different this year as a result of state education budget cuts. She says parents and schoolchildren will see bigger class sizes, among other things.

“In other school districts, it’s going to be materials that are going to be lacking. You may see a school district where books are not as current, the technology is not as current. ”

Guinther says state lawmakers need to focus on ways to generate more revenue, rather than just making cuts.

“There are several loopholes and tax breaks that are given, that should not be given right now. Very frankly, we’re losing a lot of money in the state because we’re not scrutinizing all the places that we could be getting money for our public schools.”

The most recent school funding cuts are coming under fire from the Missouri State Auditor, who is suing Governor Jay Nixon. The lawsuit alleges that the governor violated the state constitution by cutting $172 million from education to help cover costs of the deadly Joplin tornado and massive flooding.