Performance funding for higher education moves forward

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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

A proposal to substitute performance measures for political power in the distribution of higher education funds moved a step closer to becoming law Tuesday with a quick and friendly hearing in the House Higher Education Committee.

There are unresolved issues on the proposal, which has passed with variations in both chambers. The committee held a hearing on the Senate version, sponsored by Sen. David Pearce, R-Warrensburg, which excludes community colleges from the performance distribution and requires legislative review of changes in the performance standards.

None of those issues seems insurmountable, said Chairman Mike Thomson, R-Maryville. The bill, although not as ambitious as a proposal last year, is a major step forward, Thomson said.

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