The Democratic governor rolled out big plans for an increase in basic aid for programs that span from preschool to the state's colleges and universities.
He proposed a $278 million increase in funding that includes technology in the classroom as well as scholarships and other aid for higher education.
"The people of Missouri said they expect their elected leaders to support public schools, because they know that education is the best economic development tool there is," he said.
Gov. Nixon said the time is right to make up for school funding shortfalls as our economy picks up steam.
He also addressed mental health programs in the state during his 6th State of the State address. He said his budget includes $20 million to help train hundreds of professionals in that field.
"From teaching a child with autism how to interact with peers, to helping law enforcement respond to individuals in mental health crisis, these health professionals will help keep our communities safe - and make sure all Missourians have the opportunity to live up to their God-given potential," he said.
Here's the full text from Gov. Nixon's address. Read the Republican response to Nixon's address here.