Published Online: May 3, 1995
The following are summaries of final action by legislatures on state
education budgets and other education-related matters.
Governor: Gary E. Johnson (R)
FY 1996 state budget: $2.77 billion FY 1996 K-12 budget: $1.30
billion FY 1995 K-12 budget: $1.22 billion
Percent change K-12 budget: +6.6 percent
Legislature killed Governor's proposal to establish
criminal-background checks and licensure fees for candidates seeking
teaching certification from the state board of education.
Budget provides a pay hike for all public school employees,
including teachers, which budget officials estimate at 4.5 percent
to 5 percent.
Governor signed into law a measure that calls for creation of a
state lottery, whose proceeds are earmarked for school
construction and postsecondary tuition assistance.
Another new law will overhaul the state's public-transportation
funding system, altering the funding formula and also giving
local school boards more control over bus operations and
Governor: William J. Janklow (R)
FY 1996 state budget: $596.3 million FY 1996 K-12 budget:
$185.5 million FY 1995 K-12 budget: $184.9 million
Percent change K-12 budget: +0.3 percent
Legislature approved legislation increasing sales taxes,
reducing state government expenditures, and increasing the
state's share of the take from its video lottery, in order to
target $80 million of the 1996 budget toward property-tax
Starting in fiscal 1996, the education budget no longer
includes funding for services to children declared wards of
the state; the aid will be provided instead in the
social-services budget. In 1995, $5 million of the
education budget was earmarked for those services, and so
the increase granted for education spending in 1996 is
greater than it appears.
Legislature placed a 3 percent cap on local-spending
increases and set in motion an overhaul of the state's
school-funding formula, which is to be fully implemented
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