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The following are summaries of governors' budget requests for precollegiate education and final action by legislatures on education-related matters.

Governors' Proposals

NORTH CAROLINA

Governor: James B. Hunt Jr. (D)
FY 1995 proposed state budget: $10.08 billion
FY 1995 proposed K-12 budget: $3.87 billion
FY 1994 K-12 budget: $3.63 billion
Percent change K-12 budget: +6.6 percent

Highlights:

  • Governor proposes a 4 percent raise and a 1 percent bonus for teachers.
  • Governor's budget includes $3.8 million for a summer teacher academy; $26 million for school buses, books, and other equipment; $20 million for educational technology; and $10 million for the state's Basic Education Program.

Final Action

CONNECTICUT

Governor: Lowell P. Weicker Jr. (I)
FY 1995 state budget: $9.5 billion
FY 1995 K-12 budget: $1.44 billion
FY 1994 K-12 budget: $1.39 billion
Percent change K-12 budget: +3.5 percent

Highlights:

  • The 1995 budget--a revision of the second year of a biennial budget--has not been signed by Governor, but he is expected to do so.
  • Original budget was increased by $140 million, including funds for a $14 million effort to improve access to after-school and recreational activities and create mentoring programs.
  • A proposal to move the state to a performance-based education system failed in the legislature, as did a plan to set aside public money to help children attend private schools.

MARYLAND

Governor: William Donald Schaefer (D)
FY 1995 state budget: $6.9 billion
FY 1995 K-12 budget: $2.1 billion
FY 1994 K-12 budget: $2.0 billion
Percentage change K-12 budget: +4.9 percent

Highlights:

  • Legislature approved a $81 million increase in funding for public education, including a $22 million hike in pension benefits for teachers.
  • Budget also includes $4 million to establish an English-as-a-second-language program and $400,000 to study the feasibility of year-round schools.

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