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

RHODE ISLAND

Governor: Bruce Sundlun (D)
FY 1994 proposed state budget: $3.47 billion
FY 1994 proposed K-12 budget: $395.8 million
FY 1993 K-12 budget: $399.6 million
Percent change K-12 budget: -0.9 percent

Highlights

  • Governor has introduced a comprehensive education-reform package that includes changes in school-finance formula, relief from mandates for school districts, and shift in school governance.

New state-aid formula, expected to be submitted to legislature by next January, would provide property-tax relief and set a minimum per-pupil expenditure.

  • Proposal is also intended to link education aid with student achievement.

SOUTH CAROLINA

Governor: Carroll A. Campbell Jr. (R)
FY 1994 proposed state budget: $3.54 billion
FY 1994 proposed K-12 budget: $1.179 billion
FY 1993 K-12 budget: $1.173 billion
Percent change K-12 budget: +0.5 percent

Highlights

  • State law requires that the proposed annual budget be developed by a committee that includes the governor, state treasurer, comptroller general, and two members of the legislature.
  • for early-childhood-development programs and increase funding for year-round high school for the arts.


WASHINGTON

Governor: Mike Lowry (D)
FY 1993-95 proposed state budget: $32.3 billion
FY 1993-95 poposed K-12 budget: $7.81 billion
FY 1991-93 K-12 budget: $7.04 billion
Percent change K-12 budget: +10.9 percent

Highlights

  • Major education-reform legislation endorsed by Governor would create outcome-based school system. Many traditional programs and tests would be eliminated, statewide student goals would be established, and certificates of mastery would be issued under new assessment scheme.
  • House version of reform bill would cost $123 million and would be mandatory for schools; the Senate's optional plan would cost about $99 million.

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