The following are summaries of governors' budget requests for precollegiate education and final action by legislatures on education-related matters.
Governor: Bruce Sundlun (D)
FY 1995 proposed state budget: $1.54 billion
FY 1995 proposed K-12 budget: $453 million
FY 1994 K-12 budget: $407 million
Percent change K-12 budget: +11 percent
- Governor is backing the "guaranteed student entitlement,'' a $265
million measure, now pending in the legislature, that is designed to
ease the state's reliance on local property taxes to finance
- The plan also proposes increasing governance options for schools, developing statewide learning goals and assessments, and creating "child opportunity zones'' to assist disadvantaged students and their families.
Governor: Howard Dean (D)
FY 1995 proposed state budget: $679 million
FY 1995 proposed K-12 budget: $212 million
FY 1994 K-12 budget: $213 million
Percent change K-12 budget: -0.5 percent
- Governor has proposed level-funding general state aid to
education, as well as cutting categorical funds for special education
in an effort to stem rising special-education costs.
- Governor is supporting property-tax-reform legislation now being considered in the Senate. Although the legislation no longer contains a provision calling for a statewide teachers' contract, the legislature still may enact a major overhaul of education finance.
Governor: Zell Miller (D)
FY 1995 proposed state budget: $9.8 billion
FY 1995 K-12 budget: $3.4 billion
FY 1994 K-12 budget: $3.2 billion
Percent change K-12 budget: +6 percent
- Budget includes a nearly $3.6 million increase for summer school
programs for at-risk children in grades 4 through 8.
- Plan will also double, to 20,000, number of children served by
voluntary pre-kindergarten programs.
- Legislature also passed a law requiring youths ages 13 and older
to be tried as adults for certain violent crimes.
- More than $100 million in lottery revenues was earmarked for education and scholarships.