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NEW MEXICO

Governor: Bruce King (D)

FY 1992 state budget: $2.04 billion
FY 1992 K-12 budget: $969.6 million
FY 1991 K-12 budget: $928.9 million
Percent change K-12 budget: +4.3 percent

Highlights:

Legislature approved $8.3 million to reduce class sizes for 1st grade to no more than 20 pupils; also appropriated $11.4 million for teacher pay raises averaging 1.5 percent.

A resolution abolishing the state board of education passed the Senate but failed in the House.

SOUTH DAKOTA

Governor: George S. Mickelson (R)

FY 1992 state budget: $497.9 million
FY 1992 K-12 budget: $141.8 million
FY 1991 K-12 budget: $144.7 million
Percent change K-12 budget: -2 percent

Highlights:

Legislature approved Governor's proposal for eight pilot projects across the state to test ways to overhaul state educational system.

Although total K-12 education spending will decline, the legislature approved the spending for education of $6.6 million generated by an upturn in sales-tax revenue.

UTAH

Governor: Norman H. Bangerter (R)

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

Highlights:

Governor signed measure lowering 1st-grade class sizes by an average of three pupils next year.

Also signed measure altering way members of the state school board are chosen. Bill establishes nominating committees for each of the board's nine election districts. Committees will submit three to five names to governor, who will choose two finalists to stand for election.

WEST VIRGINIA

Governor: Gaston Caperton (D)

FY 1992 state budget: $1.96 billion
FY 1992 K-12 budget: $1.102 billion
FY 1991 K-12 budget: $1.068 billion
Percent change K-12 budget: +3 percent

Highlights:

Legislature approved bill to restrict use of emergency powers by school superintendents.

Also passed new law to provide pay bonuses of $1,000 to teachers with master's degrees.

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