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Missouri House passes supplemental budget

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Missouri House Communications
The Missouri House of Representatives

  The Missouri House has passed a supplemental budget for the current fiscal year.  It includes five million dollars for the unaccredited Normandy School District in St. Louis County, which would go broke before the end of the current school year without the money.  

About a fourth of Normandy students have transferred to other districts, and the district still has to pay their tuition and in some cases their transportation as well. 

Democratic House Member Michael Butler of St. Louis supported the provision. “Hundreds of students are now actually going to be able to graduate from the school they started out in, and have the ability to not have to worry about going to college, not have to worry about how they’re going to be viewed for the rest of their life because of their senior year at Normandy High School," he said. 

The bill specifies that the 5 million dollars would not go directly to Normandy, but to state education officials.  The State Board of Education took over the Normandy School District’s finances earlier this year.  The supplemental budget passed the House overwhelmingly, but it must also make its way through the Missouri Senate before it can be signed by the governor.

Missouri Public Radio State House Reporter Marshall Griffin is a proud alumnus of the University of Mississippi (a.k.a., Ole Miss), and has been in radio for over 20 years, starting out as a deejay. His big break in news came when the first President Bush ordered the invasion of Panama in 1989. Marshall was working the graveyard shift at a rock station, and began ripping news bulletins off the old AP teletype and reading updates between songs. From there on, his radio career turned toward news reporting and anchoring. In 1999, he became the capital bureau chief for Florida's Radio Networks, and in 2003 he became News Director at WFSU-FM/Florida Public Radio. During his time in Tallahassee he covered seven legislative sessions, Governor Jeb Bush's administration, four hurricanes, the Terri Schiavo saga, and the 2000 presidential recount. Before coming to Missouri, he enjoyed a brief stint in the Blue Ridge Mountains, reporting and anchoring for WWNC-AM in Asheville, North Carolina. Marshall lives in Jefferson City with his wife, Julie, their dogs, Max and Mason, and their cat, Honey.