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

CONNECTICUT

Governor: Lowell P. Weicker Jr. (I)

FY 1994 state budget: $8.6 billion
FY 1994 K-12 budget: $1.27 billion
FY 1993 K-12 budget: $1.22 billion
Percent change K-12 budget: +4 percent

Highlights

  • Figures are for first half of the state's two-year budget, which restored most of the welfare and social cuts proposed by Governor.
  • House and Senate have approved a desegregation plan carving the state into 11 regions responsible for achieving racial integration through magnet programs, school choice, or other options. The state education commissioner could endorse or reject the plans, and could recommend withholding state funds from any region refusing to participate.

GEORGIA

Governor: Zell Miller (D)

FY 1994 state budget: $8.82 billion
FY 1994 K-12 budget: $3.33 billion
FY 1993 K-12 budget: $3.08 billion
Percent change K-12 budget: +8 percent

Highlights

  • Legislature passed a bill allowing localities to propose charter schools that, if approved by state board of education, will be given blanket waiver from state regulations.
  • Also approved a measure creating a Council for School Performance to assess progress of schools in reaching national education goals.
  • Earmarked $125 million in funds from state lottery for pre-kindergarten programs, computer labs, and other new technology.
  • $165 million in new bond funds made available for capital outlay.

MARYLAND

Governor: William Donald Schaefer (D)
FY 1994 state budget: $6.5 billion
FY 1994 K-12 budget: $1.98 billion
FY 1993 K-12 budget: $1.90 billion
Percent change K-12 budget: +4 percent

Highlights

  • Budget includes $12 million for school systems that have demonstrated high attendance rates or have a large population of limited-English-proficiency students.
  • Also includes a $3 million funding increase for the state's extended-elementary-education program, adding 50 sites to the program, which provides services to at-risk preschool students.
  • Legislature killed Governor's proposal to provide vouchers to 200 Baltimore students to attend public or private schools.


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