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


Governor: George Sinner (D)

FY 1992-93 state budget: $1.2 billion
FY 1992-93 K-12 budget: $426.3 million
FY 1990-91 K-12 budget: $386 million
Percent change K-12 budget: +10.4 percent


Budget includes additional funds for telecommunications and for programs that encourage smaller districts to consolidate.

Spending plan also includes $7 million to restore midyear cuts made last year.

Legislature approved binding arbitration for teachers' contracts, but a public drive to repeal the measure is under way.

Lawmakers rejected recommendations of a blue-ribbon committee on educational improvements. However, legislators asked the state education department to study panel's proposal to create statewide performance standards for students.


Governor: Mike Sullivan (D)

FY 1991-92 state budget: $2.2 billion
FY 1991-92 K-12 budget: $478.4 million


Legislature approved proposal put forward by Governor to establish $50-million education trust fund, with initial seeding of $10 million.

In addition, $1.7 million--an amount equal to the projected future interest generated by the trust fund--was set aside to provide funding for innovative programs in K-12 education.

Class-size-reduction efforts in grades K-4 received $2.2 million, with the initial focus to be on 1st-grade classrooms since kindergarten is optional.

The classroom-unit value increased by $4,000, to $80,180, the most significant increase in the past seven years.

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