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

NEBRASKA

Governor: Ben Nelson (D)
FY 1995 state budget: $1.71 billion
FY 1995 K-12 budget: $538.7 million
FY 1994 K-12 budget: $508.5 million
Percent change K-12 budget: +5.9 percent

Highlights:

  • Figures for fiscal 1995 reflect changes made by the legislature in the second year of a biennial budget, plus funds appropriated for the first year.
  • Legislature added $1.5 million to the budget for teachers' salaries, as well as $1.7 million in additional general education funds in this year's session.

SOUTH DAKOTA

Governor: Walter D. Miller (R)
FY 1995 state budget: $602.2 million
FY 1995 K-12 budget: $184.9 million
FY 1994 K-12 budget: $168.6 million
Percent change K-12 budget: +9.7 percent

Highlights:

  • The $16.3 million hike in state aid to education, a result of increased sales-tax revenues, is the second-largest increase in state history.
  • Governor's proposal to eliminate most kinds of categorical education aid and instead provide more money to districts through the general funding formula died in the Senate.

UTAH

Governor: Michael O. Leavitt (R)
FY 1995 state budget: $1.3 billion
FY 1995 K-12 budget: $1.09 billion
FY 1994 K-12 budget: $1.02 billion
Percent change K-12 budget: +7.4 percent

Highlights:

  • Legislature approved a 4.5 percent pay raise for teachers.
  • Budget includes $15.4 million to reduce overcrowding in kindergarten through the 3rd grade.
  • Pilot programs will be launched to test 220-day school year.

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