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      Governor Nixon pays a visit to the Heartland

      Missouri Governor Jay Nixon visited Macon High School Thursday morning to talk about his "Good Schools, Good Jobs" plan.

      The proposal is designed to expand opportunities for students in the Macon County R-I school district. The governor says the way to get Missouri on track economically is to invest in the students.

      Nixon's fiscal year 2015 budget proposal is expected to put the state on track to fully fund the state's K-12 foundation formula in fiscal year 2016.

      â??The best economic development tool there is would be education. Good schools mean good jobs and when we fully fund the formula that's laid out in my budget this school will get over $400,000 to add to their pre school program and put more technology in the classrooms, also get more teachers. Thatâ??s what we need to make sure these children can compete for jobs in the future,â?? says Nixon.

      Nixon has made public education a priority during his administration.

      His office says the state of Missouriâ??s math and reading test scores have increased since Nixon has been in office.

      Missouri is also ranked 8th in the nation when it comes to high school graduation rates.