April 18th, 2012
School bus advertising posed by Lamar legislator
By Kelsey Ryan
The Joplin Globe
A bill that proposes allowing school districts to sell advertising on school buses has passed the Missouri House and has been referred to the Education Committee of the state Senate.
The bill, sponsored by Rep. Mike Kelley, R-Lamar, aims to help school districts recover additional funding. Fifty percent of the revenue from the advertising would have to go toward transportation costs.
“We continue to underfund the foundation formula due to the fact that the state has a balanced budget, and we can’t spend what we don’t have,” Kelley said. “If we’re going to continue to not give schools what we did in the past, we’re going to have to give them opportunities to make up the difference somehow.”