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The following are summaries of governors' budget requests for precollegiate education and final action by legislatures on education-related matters.


Governors' Proposals


ILLINOIS


Governor:

James R. Thompson (R)

FY 1990 proposed state budget:

$11.6 billion

FY 1990 proposed K-12 budget:

$3.04 billion

FY 1989 K-12 budget:

$2.82 billion

Percent change K-12 budget:

+8 percent


Highlights


Governor's proposed K-12 increase is the largest since 1985, but he acknowledges it will not fully meet the needs of financially troubled districts.

Proposes enhancing mathematics and science education at all grade levels and revamping teacher training, curriculum, and testing in these subjects.

Also supports school-restructuring pilot projects; drug-education program as part of $50-million "Drug-Free Illinois" initiative that includes other agencies; new college-saving instruments; new student-loan program.


RHODE ISLAND


Governor:

Edward D. DiPrete (R)

FY 1990 proposed state budget:

$1.5 billion

FY 1990 proposed K-12 budget:

$375 million

FY 1989 K-12 budget:

$345 million

Percent change K-12 budget:

+9 percent


Highlights


Governor seeking $29-million increase in aid to districts; would bring state's share of local costs over 50 percent for first time.

Also requesting $10-million cut in state contribution to teachers' retirement fund; $100,000 for technology initiative to link schools, libraries, and higher-education institutions.


Final Action


SOUTH DAKOTA


Governor:

George Michelson (R)

FY 1990 state budget:

$400.5 million

FY 1990 K-12 budget:

$120 million

FY 1989 K-12 budget:

$114 million

Percent change K-12 budget:

+5 percent

Highlights


Legislature passed measure dedicating 56 percent of sales-tax revenues to education. Also approved two-year freeze on property-tax increases.


WYOMING


Governor:

Mike Sullivan (D)

FY 1989-90 state budget:

$1.43 billion (adopted March 1988)

FY 1990 K-12 budget:

$225 million

FY 1989 K-12 budget:

$204.6 million

Percent change K-12 budget:

+10 percent


Highlights


K-12 budget prepared annually by education department, is not included in state's biennial budget.

Increase covers expected shortfall in the school-foundation program for FY 1990, restores funds cut from FY 1989 budget.

Legislature passed measures allowing districts to seek voter approval for 1-mill property-tax increase for building repair and maintenance; allowing districts to seek emergency funding from education department between legislative sessions if local revenues fall up to 1 percent short of anticipated costs; providing for the hiring of nine state auditors to improve collection of mineral taxes.

Rejected bills to create a $3-million grant program to encourage local school innovation; to make state superintendent, currently an elected official, a gubernatorial appointee.

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