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.