Legislative Update

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


Governor: George V. Voinovich (R)
FY 1992 state budget:
$13.3 billion
FY 1992 K-12 budget:
$3 billion
FY 1991 K-12 budget:
$2.93 billion
Percent change K-12 budget:
+ 2.4 percent


  • Senate passed bill sought by Governor to change state school beard from elected to appointed, but measure stalled in House.
  • Governor signed measure authorizing school officials to carry suspensions of students over from one year to next to discourage spring discipline problems.


Governor: Barbara Roberts (D)
FY 1992-93 state budget:
$5.6 billion
FY 1992-93 K-12 budget:
$2.03 billion
FY 1990-91 K-12 budget:
$1.31 billion
Percent change K-12 budget:
+ 55 percent


  • Large increase in state education budget mainly a response to Measure 5, a ballot initiative approved by voters last year that capped allowable local tax rates. Legislature has yet to find new revenue source.
  • Legislature approved bill overhauling high schools by requiring students by age 16 to earn a "certificate of initial mastery" before moving on to at least two years of college-preparatory work or job training.
  • Also passed measure requiring all schools to belong to a unified district by September 1996.

Vol. 11, Issue 10, Page 19

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