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

Governor's Proposals

LOUISIANA

Governor: Buddy Roemer (R)

FY 1992 proposed state budget: $4.55 billion
FY 1992 proposed K-12 budget: $1.76 billion
FY 1991 K-12 budget: $1.73 billion
Percent change K-12 budget: +2 percent

Highlights:

In his State of the State Address, Governor reaffirmed support for controversial teacher-evaluation program, which has been under heavy attack from the state's teachers' unions.

Also called for full funding of Head Start, competition among schools and school systems, a literacy corps of college-student volunteers, and incentives for businesses to adopt a school.

Budget includes $4 million for "model career option" plan, which provides stipends to experienced teachers rated "superior" in their evaluations; and 5 percent pay raises for college and university faculty members and 3 percent cost-of-living adjustments for K-12 teachers.

Final Action

ARKANSAS

Governor: Bill Clinton (D)
FY 1992 state budget: $1.95 billion
FY 1992 K-12 budget: $1.1 billion
FY 1991 K-12 budget: $901.6 million
Percent change K-12 budget: +23.6 percent

Highlights:

Legislature created $287.2-million Educational Excellence Trust Fund to finance 10 percent pay raises for teachers and school administrators, as well as numerous educational initiatives such as preschool programs, merit-based scholarships, and apprenticeship pilot projects.

Also approved 10 new school-based health clinics that will be allowed to distribute contraceptives with federal funds.

Adopted weakened version of proposal to lower nurse-to-student ratios in schools following objections voiced by fundamentalist Christians, who linked the proposal to school-based clinics.

IDAHO

Governor: Cecil D. Andrus (D)

FY 1992 state budget: $987.4 million
FY 1992 K-12 budget: $487.5 million
FY 1991 K-12 budget: $450.8 million
Percent change K-12 budget: +8.1 percent

Highlights:

Although the state is facing a legal challenge to the school-finance system, lawmakers were unable to reach agreement on legislation to revise formula to improve equity of distribution.

Legislature approved measure that effectively removes existing constraints on taxing entities by repealing a 1978 law that limits property taxes to 1 percent of market value.

Also cleared bills mandating that school districts serve gifted and talented children and lengthening the school day by 16 hours a year for each of the next five years.

MARYLAND

Governor: William Donald Schaefer (D)

FY 1992 state budget: $11.6 billion
FY 1992 K-12 budget: $1.74 billion
FY 1991 K-12 budget: $1.61 billion
Percent change K-12 budget: +8.1 percent

Highlights:

Legislature delayed for at least a year an $800-million tax restructuring, sought by Governor, that would have shifted substantial resources from wealthy suburban districts to poorer urban districts.

Lawmakers killed bill creating Schools for Success, a $19-million school-accountability program, but allocated $3.5 million to allow planning for the program.

Approved mandatory-kindergarten law lowering the compulsory-school-attendance age from 6 to 5.

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