The following are summaries of final action by legislatures on education-related matters.
Governor: John Waihee 3rd (D)
FY 1993-1995 biennial state budget: $8.84 billion
FY 1993-1995 biennial K-12 budget: $1.48 billion
FY 1991-1993 biennial K-12 budget: $1.32 billion
Percent change K-12 budget: +12.1 percent
- Education budget for 1994-1995 is $23.6 million above the
Governor's budget request, but $16 million below what the state
education department proposed.
- Legislature approved new procedure allocating education
department money in a lump sum at the start of the fiscal year rather
than in quarterly allotments.
- Approved $3 million innovation-grant program that allows schools to compete for funds to develop new curricular approaches.
Governor: Cecil D. Andrus (D)
FY 1994 state budget: $1.84 billion
FY 1994 K-12 budget: $528 million
FY 1993 K-12 budget: $497 million
Percent change K-12 budget: +6.2 percent
- Education budget approved by Republican-majority legislature
after extensive partisan debate over education funding.
- Governor had recommended a $549 million education appropriation
in a budget that included $55 million in tax increases.
- Legislature voted to cut funding for pilot education-reform
project from $2 million to $1 million.
- Also allocated $3 million from state budget reserve on a one-time basis to supplement general support for schools.
Governor: Bruce King (D)
FY 1994 state budget: $2.31 billion
FY 1994 K-12 budget: $1.13 billion
FY 1993 K-12 budget: $1.03 billion
Percent change K-12 budget: +9.7 percent
- Legislature passed measure setting average class size of 22
students for grades 1 to 3.
- Minimum teacher salary was set at $22,000, with an average pay
increase of 6 percent for those making less than $32,000 and 4
percent for those earning above that amount.
- Also approved bill to allow state education department to
contract with private organizations for education of students at risk
of dropping out.
- Killed measures that would have allowed vouchers or tax credits
for private school tuition.