Last week, Columbia’s Board of Education approved new attendance boundaries for Mill Creek Elementary. The move, which was made to address overcrowding at the school, reduces enrollment there by about 100 students in the next school year. Some parents have voiced concern about diversity at the school. Currently, 12 percent of Mill Creek students receive free or reduced lunch. It’s estimated the redistricting plan will lower that to 6 percent.
This ongoing debate got us thinking: how should we you manage population growth in Columbia while making sure that all students receive a good education?
This week on Intersection, we’ll talk about efforts to manage overcrowding in Columbia Public Schools and we’ll also talk about ways to reduce the achievement gap.
Discussions about balancing the budget for the state of Missouri tend to focus on ways to cut spending. Today we look at the other side of the equation and explore some ideas for increasing revenue to pay for state government programs.
Amy Blouin, executive director, Missouri Budget Project
Chris Kelly, 24th District Missouri House Representative
Misty Snodgrass, legislative and government relations director for the American Cancer Society.