Published Online: April 26, 1995
The following are summaries of governors' budget requests for
precollegiate education and high-lights of proposals on the states'
Governor: Fob James Jr. (R)
FY 1996 proposed state budget: $8.4 billion FY 1996 proposed K-12
budget: $2.2 billion FY 1995 K-12 budget: $2.1 billion
Percent change K-12 budget: +4.8 percent
The figure for total state budget includes earmarked funds generated
from federal, state, and local sources that the state does not break
down by source.
The Governor has proposed a plan for K-12 education funding that
would take into account what school districts are able to raise
from local property taxes. It would also give districts more
flexibility in how to spend state aid, replacing the traditional
line-item allocations made by the legislature with a type of block
In his State of the State Address last week, Governor James also
proposed a $150 million bond issue for capital projects to meet
"critical needs" in K-12 schools.
Mr. James also repeated his support for prayer in public
schools, saying he would issue an executive order to state
school boards and superintendents "confirming the First
Amendment right to pray in school."
Governor: Angus S. King Jr. (I)
FY 1996 proposed state budget: $1.706 billion FY 1996
proposed K-12 budget: $674 million FY 1995 K-12 budget: $668
Percent change K-12 budget: +.9 percent
The Governor's proposed budget for fiscal 1996 would increase
total state spending by 3 percent over 1995.
The budget would eliminate $3.7 million for a proposed
residential science and math magnet school that was
scheduled to open this fall.
The Governor also proposes delaying until 1996, the
start-up of York County Technical College.
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