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The following are summaries of governors' budget requests for precollegiate education and highlights of proposals that rank high on the states' education agendas. Final legislative action on state budgets will be reported in the months ahead.

HAWAII

Governor: John Waihee 3rd (D)

FY 1992-93 proposed state budget: $7 billion
FY 1992-93 proposed K-12 budget: $1.21 billion
FY 1990-91 K-12 budget: $1.09 billion
Percent change K-12 budget: +11 percent

Highlights:

Budget includes approximately $32 million over two years to fulfill teacher-salary increases of about 5 percent a year negotiated under a four-year contract.

Also sets aside $16 million over two years to reflect an estimated enrollment increase of about 5,300 students; and allocates $500,000 over two years for expansion of school-based-management initiative.

INDIANA

Governor: Evan Bayh (D)

FY 1992-93 proposed state budget: $15.46 billion
FY 1992-93 proposed K-12 budget: $5.01 billion
FY 1990-91 K-12 budget: $4.86 billion
Percent change K-12 budget: +3.5 percent

Highlights:

Budget includes $12 million over two years in state funds for initiative to combine preschool, child-care, maternal health, vaccination, latchkey, and parent-information programs.

Also includes $3.2 million over two years for grants that would allow school districts to launch innovative initiatives; $12 million over two years for a program that would use educational technology to aid pupils with reading, writing, and mathematics; and $1.4 million in one-time funds to consolidate state agencies charged with vocational education, employment and training, and workforce literacy.

Governor also calling for new statewide assessment to ensure that all students master basic academic and workforce skills before graduat ing from high school.

IOWA

Governor: Terry E. Branstad (R)

FY 1992 proposed state budget: $3.4 billion
FY 1992 proposed K-12 budget: $1.39 billion
FY 1991 K-12 budget: $1.28 billion
Percent change K-12 budget: +8.6 percent

Highlights:

Budget includes the first of four teacher-salary increases promised by Governor during last fall's guber natorial campaign; minimum sala ry would rise from $18,000 to $20,000 at a cost of $2.7 million.

Governor proposing to continue ef forts to implement a controversial statewide education-telecommunications network, budgeting $5 mil lion for a system that could cost up to $70 million.

Also seeking to establish an ac creditation process for the state's area education authorities, and to create a results-based, voluntary ac creditation program for high-performance schools. Qualifying schools would be exempt from the current minimum standards, except for those relating to equity, health, and safety.

SOUTH DAKOTA

Governor: George S. Mickelson (R)

FY 1992 proposed state budget: $497.9 million
FY 1992 proposed K-12 budget: $152.1 million
FY 1991 K-12 budget: $144.7 million
Percent change K-12 budget: +5 percent

Highlights:

Governor says that if legislature approves $44 million in new taxes and fees, much of extra money would go to state aid to school dis tricts and raising teacher salaries.

Even without a tax increase, Gov ernor wants to boost spending by $3.2 million to help school districts pay for special-education programs; also seeking $1.3-million pilot pro ject to overhaul the state's education system.


UTAH

Governor: Norman H. Bangerter (R)

FY 1992 proposed state budget: $3.5 billion
FY 1992 proposed K-12 budget: $1.27 billion
FY 1991 K-12 budget: $1.19 billion
Percent change K-12 budget: +6.5 percent

Highlights:

Governor recommending a 3 per cent salary increase for teachers.Also calling for six-year plan to re duce elementary-school class size, one grade per year starting with $4 million to reduce 1st grade.

WEST VIRGINIA

Governor: Gaston Caperton (D)

FY 1992 proposed state budget: $1.96 billion
FY 1992 proposed K-12 budget: $1.103 billion
FY 1991 K-12 budget: $1.068 billion
Percent change K-12 budget: +3.3 percent

Highlights:

Budget increase largely to provide for pay raise for teachers mandated by legislature in special session last August.

Governor calling for use of esti mated $3 million in state-lottery revenue for computers for schools. Also seeking elimination of position of state secretary for education and the arts, as the result of voter rejec tion in 1989 of a proposed constitu tional amendment giving the secre tary increased authority over elementary and secondary education.

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