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ALASKA

Governor: Walter J. Hickel (I)

FY 1992 state budget: $2.4 billion
FY 1992 K-12 budget: $725.3 million
FY 1991 K-12 budget: $696 million
Percent change K-12 budget: +4.2 percent

Highlights:

Governor let education-spending bill, which increases funding by $22 million, become law without his signature. He had proposed 7.2 percent cut in state school aid.

Legislature approved $2.1 million in extra aid for 15 rural districts.

Governor may exercise line-item veto power over overall state budget plan, which passed legislature but has yet to reach his desk.

MONTANA

Governor: Stan Stephens (R)

FY 1992-93 state budget: $4.3 billion
FY 1992-93 K-12 budget: $879.5 million
FY 1990-91 K-12 budget: $769.4 million
Percent change K-12 budget: +14 percent.

Highlights:

Court-mandated increases in K-12 spending account for more than 12 percent of total rise.

Legislature approved a measure to require the state, rather than districts, to pay for students who are placed out of district by court order. Passed bill to allow elementary and high schools within same enrollment boundaries to become single districts, thus reducing number of districts in the state by up to 10 percent.

Lawmakers also increased state funding for gifted-and-talented programs; funded a specialist to oversee Native American education programs; and required districts to offer kindergarten programs.

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