Bourisaw calls for fifty-percent raise to SLPS budget
By Post Dispatch/KWMU
Jefferson City, MO – St. Louis Public School Superintendent Diana Bourisaw gave court testimony at a trial in Jefferson City yesterday.
A lawsuit filed against the Missouri school funding system used Bourisaw's district as evidence that the current standards are flawed.
The St. Louis Post Dispatch quoted Bourisaw as saying that the St. Louis Public School District needs another 194 million dollars per year to help the district meet the unique challenges of poverty, violence and host of other social ills.
Lawyers defending the states system argued that many of the items Bourisaw would add, such as laptops for all students and expanded sports programs, wouldn't directly impact academic performance.