Missouri Governor Mike Parson is proposing $3.56 billion in base funding for K-12 public schools in his state budget.
The amount would fully fund the formula used to finance the state's 518 public school districts and is a $10 million increase compared to the current fiscal year.
Parson said about 30 percent of Missouri's population has a four-year degree from a college or university.
“We need to ensure our students understand the many opportunities out there, whether it be going into the workforce, the military, a community college, a technical school, or a four-year degree,” Parson said.
Parson also wants to boost school transportation spending by $10 million to an overall $117 million.
He also calls on lawmakers to expand access to virtual education for high school students and those who are home schooled.
Parson's budget requests now go before lawmakers, who are expected to pass a new budget for the new fiscal year which begins in July.