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

DELAWARE

Governor:
Michael N. Castle (R)
FY 1993 state budget:
$1.3 billion
FY 1993 K-12 budget:
$438 million
FY 1992 K-12 budget:
$418 million
Percent change K-12 budget:
+4.9 percent

Highlights

  • Governor signed a bill creating a Child Sex Abuse Information Repository to provide current information on sex offenders to school districts.
  • Vetoed a bill stiffening enforcement of school-discipline codes, including a clause that would have made it a crime for principals not to report violent crimes on school grounds.
  • Earmarked $200,000 for schools to promote alternative learning environments, in which disruptive students are separated into special classrooms.

IOWA

Governor:
Terry E. Branstad (R)
FY 1993 state budget:
$3.43 billion
FY 1993 K-12 budget:
$1.42 billion
FY 1992 K-12 budget:
$1.34 billion
Percent change K-12 budget:
+6 percent

Highlights

  • Governor signed measure changing mechanism for determining allowable growth in school spending. Percent of growth to be determined by formula, set 30 days after Governor submits budget for base year.
  • Also signed measure allowing schools and districts to be exempted from accreditation standards if engaged in comprehensive school transformation.
  • Also signed measures providing for establishment of family-resource centers and family-support programs.

MASSACHUSETTS

Governor:
William F. Weld (R)
FY 1993 state budget:
$14.2 billion
FY 1993 K-12 budget:
$1.45 billion
FY 1992 K-12 budget:
$1.43 billion
Percent change K-12 budget:
+1.4 percent

Highlights

  • Legislature added $185 million to school aid by overriding veto by Governor, who had tried unsuccessfully to tie additional aid, the first in three years, to school reform.
  • Legislature reformulated school-choice law, providing some financial relief to sending districts that were penalized severely under 1991-92 formula.
  • Passage of comprehensive education reform delayed when Governor and legislature were unable to reach agreement on funding.


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