Legislative Update:

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

MISSOURI

Governor:. John Ashcroft (R)
FY 1992-93 state budget:
$4.G billion
FY 1992-93 K-12 budget:
$1.0 billion
FY 1990-91 K - 12 budget:
$1.1 billion
Percent change K-12 budget:
-10.8 percent

Highlights

  • Governor has withheld $200 million in state spending, including $40 million from K-12 foundation program, to compensate for lower-than-expected revenues.
  • Governor vetoed state health-insurance bill covering teachers and other school employees. . Lawmakers passed bill allowing teachers over age 55 with 25 years of experience to retire with full benefits. . Legislature also approved a November ballot question to provide $190 million for K-12 education.

NORTH CAROLINA

Governor:. James G. Martin (R)
FY 1992-93 state budget:
$15.9 billion
FY 1992-93 K-12 budget:
$6.6 billion
FY 1990-91 K-12 budget:
$7.4 billion
Percent change K-12 budget:
-10.8 percent

Highlights

  • Legislature ordered tax increases and cuts in spending for education and other programs to address projected $l-billion deficit.
  • Basic Education Program, state's school-reform legislation, unfunded in first year, but slated to receive $29 million to pay for more teachers in the second year of biennium. . Lawmakers gave teachers option of receiving small across-the-board pay increase instead of merit-based bonuses authorized under 1989 law. . Budget contains $15.2 million for services to handicapped 3- and 4-year-olds this year and $18.1 million next year; outcome-based pilot program to receive $100,000 in first year and $3 million in second year. . Also includes $6 million in supplemental funds for low-wealth county school systems and $4 million for small systems in both years.

Vol. 11, Issue 05, Page 21

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