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

MAINE
Governor:. John R. McKernan Jr. (R)
FY 1992 state budget:
$1.54 billion
FY 1992 K-12 budget:
$642 million
FY 1991 K-12 budget:
$572 million
Percent change K-12 budget:
+ 12.3 percent

Highlights

Revised K-12 amount for 1991 reflects a one-month loss of state aid after lawmakers agreed to delay a payment from the state to local school districts.

Increased spending for 1992 due to a higher state contribution to teacher-retirement system. After general state aid was restored to the level originally appropriated for 1991, most other education programs were either funded at last year's level or reduced.

TENNESSEE
Governor:
Ned McWherter (D)
FY 1992 state budget:
$9.0 billion
FY 1992 K-12 budget:
$1.31 billion
FY 1991 K-12 budget:
$1.40 billion
Percent change K-12 budget:
-6.4 percent

Highlights

Budget cuts were forced by continued revenue shortfalls and disagreement on temporary tax measures. The legislature tabled a tax-reform proposal backed by the Governor that would have provided increased funding for a comprehensive education-reform program.

Education package remains in conference committee; lawmakers do not expect to focus on the key sticking point--a provision that local superintendents be appointed by school boards rather than elected by voters--until legislature reconvenes next year. . The state judge who overturned the state's school-finance system this summer has given the legislature until June 30 of next year to devise a new method for funding education. . Budget reduces basic "foundation" aid to school districts by nearly 13 percent.

Vol. 11, Issue 04, Page 19

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