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The following are summaries of final action by legislatures on education-related matters.

MARYLAND

Governor:

William Donald Schaefer (D)

FY 1990 state budget:

$10.9 billion

FY 1990 K-12 budget:

$1.67 billion

FY 1989 K-12 budget:

$1.56 billion

Percent change K-12 budget:

+7 percent

Highlights

Passed legislation backed by governor increasing membership of state board of education from 9 to 11, shortening members' terms of office.

Earmarked $93 million for school construction and renovation projects, $33 million above amount sought by governor; $5.5 million for programs for at-risk children; $500,000 for summer institutes for math and science teachers.

Killed in committee a bill that would have established a professional-standards board for teachers.

Defeated bills to: require high-school students to maintain a C average to remain eligible for sports; create $200,00 pilot program to increase parental involvement in schools.


WEST VIRGINIA

Governor:

Gaston Caperton (D)

FY 1990 state budget:

$1.7 billion

FY 1990 K-12 budget:

$924.5 million

FY 1989 K-12 budget:

$781.9 million

Percent change K-12 budget:

+18 percent

Highlights

Placed constitutional amendment on Sept. 9 ballot to reconstitute state board of education. Would allow governor to appoint board's members, create Cabinet-level post of secretary of education and the arts.

Consolidation of 150 state agencies into 7 departments freed funds to provide 5 percent pay raise for school, state employees.

$142-million increase in state school aid includes $108 million to rescue teacher-pension fund from insolvency. Governor appointed task force to devise long-term solution.

Appropriated $7 million to place computers in all 1st-grade classrooms for basic-skills instruction.

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