Education and Secondary Education

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Total Elementary and Secondary Education funding by Missouri Lottery for FY21: $202,150,051

Since 1986, the Missouri Lottery has contributed more than $6.5 billion to the state of Missouri and public education. Annual Lottery contributions comprise about 4 percent of the state's funding for public education – an effort shared by local, state and federal governments.

For fiscal year 2021, more than $331 million from Lottery proceeds have been appropriated for Elementary, Secondary and Higher Education programs by the Missouri Legislature through House Bills 2, 3 and 6 from the 100th General Assembly. The following is a list of Elementary and Secondary programs that will receive Lottery proceeds.

$153,099,442 (4% of total program funding)
Foundation Program

These funds help pay for the Foundation Formula and early childhood special education services.

$19,590,000 (33% of total program funding)
Special Education Excess Costs

The fund was established to reimburse school districts for the educational costs of serving children with individualized education programs exceeding three times the current expenditure per average daily attendance. This fund will be both disability- and placement-neutral, creating a safety net for school districts that have no way of projecting the extraordinary cost of certain high-need students.

$18,359,576 (5% of total program funding)
Classroom Trust Fund

The fund consists of all monies transferred to it under section 160.534, RSMo, all monies otherwise appropriated or donated to it and all unclaimed Lottery prize money. The money deposited into the fund is distributed to each school district in the state qualified to receive state aid on an average daily attendance basis. The funds distributed can be spent at the discretion of the local school districts.

$5,000,000 (89% of total program funding)
Residential Placements

This fund is for payments to school districts for children in residential placements through the Department of Mental Health or the Department of Social Services pursuant to Section 167.126, RSMo. It pays the excess cost incurred by those school districts for educating these students placed outside the school district where their parents reside.

$4,311,255 (20% of total program funding)
Performance-Based Assessment Program

This program provides funding for continued development, administration and scoring of the statewide Missouri Assessment Program (MAP).

$1,400,000 (2% of total program funding)
Vocational Rehabilitation Program

This money will be used by the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation to assist clients who have disabilities to obtain employment by diagnosis, physical restoration, training, placement and other related services.

$389,778 (36% of total program funding)
Virtual Schools

These proceeds fund the Missouri Course Access and Virtual School Program (MOCAP) MOCAP’s mission is to offer Missouri students equitable access to a wide range of high quality courses, and interactive online learning that is neither time nor place dependent. Classes are offered to students in grades kindergarten through twelve.

Some programs may be subject to budget withholdings.


The Missouri Lottery has contributed more than $7 BILLION to Missouri and public education.