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

ILLINOIS

Governor:
Jim Edgar (R)
FY 1993 state budget: $13.2 billion
FY 1993 K-12 budget: $3.33 billion
FY 1992 K-12 budget: $3.1 billion
Percent change K-12 budget: +7 percent

Highlights

Legislature placed on the November ballot an initiative that would make funding education the foremost responsibility of the state. The initiative also would require the state to fund at least half the costs of an adequate education for each student.

Governor signed legislation reducing the number of state-mandated achievement tests for each grade.

Approved a measure adding figures such as truancy rates and achievement-test scores to school report cards.

Also signed legislation that would allow school districts that include military bases to detach the bases, in an attempt to force the federal government either to increase impact-aid payments to the districts or establish base schools with full federal funding.

KANSAS

Governor:
Joan Finney (D)
FY 1993 state budget: $2.7 billion
FY 1993 K-12 budget:$1.15 billion
FY 1992 K-12 budget: $929.1 million
Percent change K-12 budget: +23 percent

Highlights

Legislature approved a finance-reform package that made the state responsible for collecting and disbursing property taxes, increasing the state's share spending for precollegiate education by roughly $390 million.

Lawmakers also established a commission of business leaders, educators, and others to prepare a report on education-reform proposals by Dec. 15.

MICHIGAN

Governor:
John Engler (R)
FY 1993 state budget: $7.97 billion
FY 1993 K-12 budget: $3.4 billion
FY 1992 K-12 budget: $3.12 billion
Percent change K-12 budget: +9 percent

Highlights

Budget includes 2 percent increase per pupil in the amount of state aid provided to low-spending districts.

Governor vetoed legislation that could have kept school districts with growing enrollments from receiving the first $25 million in revenue from a sales tax on mail-order sales.

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