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

HAWAII

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

Highlights

  • 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.

IDAHO

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

Highlights

  • 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.

NEW MEXICO

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

Highlights

  • 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.


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