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


Governor: Arne Carlson (R)

FY 1992-93 state budget: $15.4 billion
FY 1992-93 K-12 budget: $4.6 billion
FY 1990-91 K-12 budget: $3.8 billion
Percent change K-12 budget: +21 percent


Legislature approved bill to permit establishment of a limited number of "chartered," largely autonomous public schools under the direction of licensed teachers. At least one district has announced intentions to create such a school by fall.

Governor used line-item-veto power to cut a total of $115 million in spending approved by legislature, much of it from education programs.

Also vetoed, on technical grounds, bill to provide funding for Learning Readiness program for 4-year-olds.


Governor: Ben Nelson (D)

FY 1992-93 state budget: $3.1 billion
FY 1992-93 K-12 budget: $960 million
FY 1990-91 K-12 budget: $679 million
Percent change K-12 budget: +41 percent


Final budget raises state share of education funding from 40 percent to 43 percent; school-finance-reform legislation adopted last year had set goal of 45 percent.

Proposed constitutional amendment to allow variable tax rates on personal property failed to get enough legislative sponsors.

Legislature let stand a "double choice" provision for elementary-school districts, and defeated proposal to limit number of administrators in small districts.


Governor: Carroll A. Campbell Jr. (R)

FY 1992 state budget: $3.89 billion
FY 1992 K-12 budget: $1.48 billion
FY 1991 K-12 budget: $1.45 billion
Percent change K-12 budget: +2 percent


Last-minute $110-million revenue-projection shortfall caused legislature to eliminate pay raises for teachers.

Legislature defeated attempts to use part of the 1-cent sales tax earmarked for reform efforts to pay for foundation program.

Replaced teacher and principal pay-incentive programs with a school-based program.

"Sunsetted" the division that monitored education reform, and let stand a controversial program that teaches higher-order thinking skills.

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