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The following are summaries of governors' budget requests for precollegiate education and highlights of proposals that rank high on the states' education agendas.

FLORIDA

Governor: Lawton Chiles (D)

FY 1994 proposed state budget: $34.9 billion
FY 1994 proposed K-12 budget: $6.34 billion
FY 1993 K-12 budget: $5.89 billion
Percent change K-12 budget: +7.6 percent

Highlights:

  • Governor seeking to remove sales-tax exemptions on professional services to raise funds for education and other services.
  • Legislature considering removing sales-tax exemptions on computer services and channeling money to school technology.
  • Governor calling for 3 percent salary increase for all public school employees.
  • Budget plan also would set aside $100 million to fund first year of lottery buy-back and $6 million to move toward new restructuring and accountability system.

NEW YORK

Governor: Mario M. Cuomo (D)

FY 1994 proposed state budget: $31.5 billion
FY 1994 proposed K-12 budget: $8.50 billion
FY 1993 K-12 budget: $8.55 billion
Percent change K-12 budget: -0.6 percent

Highlights:

  • Governor calling for $130 million cut in state aid.
  • Also proposing revamping state-aid formula by consolidating spending catgories and increasing emphasis on district residents' personal income. His plan would also permit counties to switch from a property to an income tax to fund education.
  • Budget would establish a fund to reward schools in which students make the greatest learning gains.

PENNSYLVANIA

Governor: Robert P. Casey (D)

FY 1994 proposed state budget: $14.9 billion
FY 1994 proposed K-12 budget: $5.2 billion
FY 1993 K-12 budget: $4.9 billion
Percent change K-12 budget: +6.1 percent

Highlights:

  • Governor proposing $100 million increase for poorer districts, while aid to other districts would be frozen.
  • Also seeking increases for special education, student assessments, instructional-support teams, and early-intervention program for preschoolers with developmental disabilities.
  • Governor has brokered a delay in the implementation of a sweeping outcome-based-education reform initiative, while the House has attempted to scuttle the proposal.


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