Legislative Update

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


Governor: Fife Symington (R)
FY 1992-93 state budget:
$3.5 billion
FY 1992-93 K-12 budget:
$1,296 billion
FY 1990-91 K-12 budget:
$1,236 billion
Percent change K-12 budget:
+ 4.9 percent


  • Legislature approved bill mandating K-12 AiDS instruction.
  • Established a special legislative committee to study consolidation of small, rural districts.
  • Made possession of a deadly weapon near a school, or firing of a deadly weapon at a school, a felony. . Defeated a measure that would have abolished corporal punishment in the schools.


Governor: Joan Finney (D)
FY 1992-93 state budget:
$2.5 billion
FY 1992-93 K-12 budget:
$953.3 million
FY 1990-91 K-12 budget:
$973 million
Percent change K-l2 budget:
-2 percent


  • Governor vetoed a $138-million tax package that would have supported K-12 education, and House failed to override the veto.
  • Legislature approved measure making kindergarten mandatory. . Also passed bill to allow districts to increase property-tax rates by 2 mills, subject to voter approval, to fund purchase of educational technology; and measure outlawing possession of firearms on school property.

Vol. 11, Issue 06, Page 26

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