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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.

CALIFORNIA

Governor: Pete Wilson (R)

FY 1995 proposed state budget: $38.8 billion
FY 1995 proposed K-12 budget: $15.8 billion
FY 1994 K-12 budget: $14.6 billion

Percent change K-12 budget: +8.2 percent

Highlights

  • Budget request includes $500 million in anticipation of an expected enrollment increase of 140,000, and would aim to hold per-pupil funding steady as the state begins to bear a larger share of overall school funding.
  • Governor earmarked $20 million in new funding for school-safety programs, focusing on alternative programs for disruptive youths.
  • Budget also seeks a $25 million increase to expand preschool and child-care efforts; $20 million to nearly double the Healthy Start program; and $10 million in new funds to double the mental-health services offered through schools.

IDAHO

Governor: Cecil D. Andrus (D)

FY 1995 proposed state budget: $1.3 billion
FY 1995 proposed K-12 budget: $635.3 million
FY 1994 K-12 budget: $528 million

Percent change K-12 budget: +20 percent

Highlights:

  • Governor has proposed devoting 80 percent of new revenues generated by state's growing economy to education, which would result in a $107.3 million increase in K-12 appropriations over last year.
  • Proposed increase includes $16.6 million to raise teacher salaries in the lowest-paying districts, and $16.6 million for a 2.5 percent salary increase for all public school employees.
  • New monies would also go toward reducing class sizes and covering costs associated with rising enrollment.

MASSACHUSETTS

Governor: William F. Weld (R)

FY 1995 proposed state budget: $16.1 billion
FY 1995 proposed K-12 budget: $1.68 billion
FY 1994 K-12 budget: $1.46 billion

Percent change K-12 budget: +15 percent

Highlights

  • Budget reflects $214 million in additional funds for education-reform package, enacted last year, that includes charter schools and expansion of public-school-choice programs.
  • Governor proposing $7.7 million increase to repair school facilities.
  • Budget also calls for bolstering juvenile-offenders' programs.


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