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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.

ALASKA

Governor: Walter J. Hickel (I)

FY 1995 proposed state budget: $2.36 billion
FY 1995 proposed K-12 budget: $616 million
FY 1994 K-12 budget: $616 million
Percent change K-12 budget: No change

Highlights

  • State budget under severe strain due to decline in prices for petroleum, which provides a major portion of revenues.
  • Due to fiscal crisis, Governor proposing no new education programs and a freeze on education spending.

COLORADO

Governor: Roy Romer (D)

FY 1995 proposed state budget: $3.66 billion
FY 1995 proposed K-12 budget: $1.44 billion
FY 1994 K-12 budget: $1.39 billion
Percent change K-12 budget: +3.2 percent

Highlights

  • Governor proposing $325,000 for charter schools for students at risk of dropping out. Also proposing $3.6 million for a major increase in the number of children served in the state preschool program.
  • Calling for a 1 percent increase in per-pupil funding, increasing total state education aid by $24.5 million. Also endorses proposed changes in school-finance system.
  • In addition, seeking several measures to deal with youth violence, such as $1.3 million for additional family-support centers and $2 million for competitive grants to communities seeking to open schools for after-school activities.

NEW MEXICO

Governor: Bruce King (D)

FY 1995 proposed state budget: $2.6 billion
FY 1995 proposed K-12 budget: $1.24 billion
FY 1994 K-12 budget: $1.12 billion
Percent change K-12 budget: +10.6 percent

Highlights

  • Governor proposing that more than half of new revenue generated by strong state economy be spent on education.
  • Calling for phasing in a full day of kindergarten over three years and additional second-language instruction in elementary schools.
  • Also proposing a 6 percent average pay raise for public school teachers.

SOUTH CAROLINA

Governor: Carroll A. Campbell Jr. (R)

FY 1995 proposed state budget: $4.1 billion
FY 1995 proposed K-12 budget: $1.28 billion
FY 1994 K-12 budget: $1.2 billion
Percent change K-12 budget: +6 percent

Highlights

  • Governor proposing plan to phase out residential-property tax as source of public education funding over a four-year period.
  • Governor requesting 3.6 percent increase in teacher salaries to meet state mandate.
  • Also proposing $26 million for 500 new school buses and $11 million for books and instructional materials.

UTAH

Governor: Michael O. Leavitt (R)

FY 1995 proposed state budget: $2.15 billion
FY 1995 proposed K-12 budget: $1.08 billion
FY 1994 K-12 budget: $1.01 billion
Percent change K-12 budget: +6.6 percent

Highlights

  • Governor proposing $30 million for "Technology 2000,'' a coordinated program involving state government, cities, schools, and colleges that aims to train teachers, provide technology-delivered courses, and establish a statewide communications network.
  • Also seeking to add 100 new schools to the Centennial Schools program, in which basic structures of schools are changed. Governor also proposes making a $1,000 Centennial scholarship available to every high school senior who completes graduation requirements early.

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