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The following are summaries of governors' budget requests for precollegiate education and high-lights of proposals on the states' education agendas.

ALABAMA

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

Highlights:

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 grant.
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."

MAINE

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 million

Percent change K-12 budget: +.9 percent

Highlights:

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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