WINDSOR – On Tuesday, Gov. Jay Nixon visited Windsor High School in the Henry County R-I School District to recognize the district for its continued academic excellence and announce significant progress toward his goal of giving every student in Missouri the opportunity to earn an A+ Scholarship.
Windsor High School was one of 118 schools to receive the A+ Schools designation last month, which will allow students there to earn A+ Scholarships for two years of tuition and fees at any of Missouri’s community colleges. In January, Gov. Nixon set a goal of giving every student in the state the opportunity to earn an A+ Scholarship. With this announcement, 266 schools have earned the A+ designation since Gov. Nixon took office and 99 percent of Missouri’s public high school students will now have the opportunity to earn A+ Scholarships.
“Investing in education is the best economic development there is. That’s why we are continuing to provide record funding for Missouri’s K-12 classrooms and increasing access to the A+ schools program,” Gov. Nixon said. “By ensuring that every student can receive a quality education and begin their higher education right after high school, we are preparing our workforce to compete and win in the global economy. With the latest round of schools receiving the A+ designation, including Windsor High School, we are closer than ever to achieving my goal of making this opportunity available to every eligible student in the state.”
Under the A+ program, Missouri students can earn a scholarship to cover the cost of tuition and academic fees for two years at any public two-year community college or technical school in the state. To be eligible for the program, students must meet academic achievement standards, conduct and attendance requirements, and perform 50 hours of tutoring or mentoring service.
“At Windsor High School, our teachers provide students with the skills and knowledge they need to put their best foot forward as they start on the path to college,” said Superintendent Kevin Sandlin. “From increasing dual-credit courses, to achieving A+ designation, Windsor High School is helping to make the dream of college a reality for more students and their families.”
Over the past four years, Missouri has led the nation in holding down the cost of college tuition. According to numbers compiled by The College Board, since the 2007-2008 school year, tuition and fees at Missouri’s public four-year colleges and universities have increased just five percent, the least of any other state in the nation.
In addition to making funding available to expand and expedite the A+ designation to every public high school in the state, Gov. Nixon’s recommended budget for Fiscal Year 2014 includes a $150 million increase for education at all levels: a $17 million increase for early childhood education, $34 million for higher education, and $100 million for Missouri’s K-12 classrooms.