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

MINNESOTA

Governor: Arne Carlson (R)

FY 1992-93 state budget: $14.5 billion
FY 1992-93 K-12 budget: $4.4 billion

Highlights:

  • Legislature approved $3.75 million to help schools develop anti-violence education programs.
  • Updated budget for fiscal 1993 reflects a new schedule for distributing property-tax revenue to schools. Under the plan, schools cannot count $175,000 in property taxes normally due them in 1993 until 1994.
  • Amended budget also includes $4.5 million to help schools pay off construction debts and an additional $1 million for Head Start.

TENNESSEE

Governor: Ned McWherter (D)

FY 1993 state budget: $4.53 billion
FY 1993 K-12 budget: $1.55 billion
FY 1992 K-12 budget: $1.32 billion
Percent change K-12 budget: +17.4 percent

Highlights:

  • After nearly two years of debate over Governor's proposal for comprehensive school reforms funded by creation of the state's first income tax, the legislature approved a scaled-down revenue package including a temporary half-cent sales-tax increase for new education funding.
  • Lawmakers approved a compromise package of classroom and school-finance reforms after a chancery-court decision overturned the existing finance system. Because of the reduced level of new funding, however, reforms that cost money will have to be phased in over a period of years.
  • Reform bill would end the practice of elected local school superintendents after 1996; also calls for four-year contracts with detailed performance goals for principals.

WISCONSIN

Governor: Tommy G. Thompson (R)

FY 1993 state budget: $6.9 billion
FY 1993 K-12 budget: $2 billion
FY 1992 K-12 budget: $1.9 billion
Percent change K-12 budget: +4.8 percent

Highlights:

  • Budget includes a $1.7-million increase for Head Start and an additional $1 million to set up similar programs for low-income preschoolers in schools.
  • Governor used his line-item veto to pencil in a $784,000 increase in state funding for developing a new performance-based assessment system for students, bringing the total appropriation to $1.25 million.
  • Legislature approved $120,000 for experiments with site-based management.


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