The following are summaries of governors' budget requests for precollegiate education and final action by legislatures on education-related matters.
Governor: Edwin W. Edwards (D)
FY 1995 state budget: $11.8 billion
FY 1995 K-12 budget: $1.83 billion
FY 1994 K-12 budget: $1.79 billion
Percent change K-12 budget: +2.2 percent
- While the Governor has signed the budget, it must still be
approved by a state revenue-estimating panel later this month. The
panel's action should not affect education funding.
- Governor's proposed 5 percent pay hike for teachers and other school employees--contingent on potential gambling revenue from land-based and riverboat casinos--is still in flux after state officials ordered that a casino contract be rebid.
Governor: John Engler (R)
FY 1995 state budget: $12.1 billion
FY 1995 K-12 budget: $6.7 billion
FY 1994 K-12 budget: $2.8 billion
Percent change K-12 budget: +139 percent
- The K-12 budget total reflects passage of a new school-finance
program that reduces local property taxes and replaces the local
funds with state aid, much of which will be raised through an
increase in the state sales tax.
- The 1995 budget represents a $300 million increase in overall state spending on schools as compared with the previous year.
Governor: Arne Carlson (R)
FY 1995 state budget: $8.6 billion
FY 1995 K-12 budget: $2.75 billion
FY 1994 K-12 budget: $2.64 billion
Percent change K-12 budget: +4.2 percent
- The state board of education and the state education department
are moving toward adoption of performance-based graduation standards
after the legislature scrapped a measure that would have required
them to submit the standards for the lawmakers' approval.
- Legislature set aside $20 million for magnet schools in
metropolitan areas and created an office of desegregation in the
education department to coordinate district desegregation
- Legislature approved an omnibus education bill that included several school-safety provisions, including a measure requiring police to share some data regarding juvenile offenders with schools.
Governor: Mel Carnahan (D)
FY 1995 state budget: $5.24 billion
FY 1995 K-12 budget: $1.99 billion
FY 1994 K-12 budget: $1.77 billion
Percent change K-12 budget: +12.1 percent
- Legislature approved establishment of a riverboat-gambling system, stipulating that a portion of the profits will be used to finance school construction projects.