Published Online: August 2, 1995
The following are summaries of final action by legislatures on state
education budgets and other education-related matters.
Governor: Edwin W. Edwards (D)
FY 1996 state budget: $4.83 billion FY 1996 K-12 budget: $1.87
billion FY 1995 K-12 budget: $1.83 billion
Percent change K-12 budget: +2.2 percent
The Governor signed into law a bill that would permit the
establishment of charter schools in eight school districts.
Legislators rejected a bill that would have abolished the state
school board. They also killed a bill that would have required
students attending private schools to pass the same exit exam as
public school students in order to receive their high school
An on-again, off-again one-time pay bonus to many state
employees, including teachers and most school workers, was
approved after months of legislative and administrative
wrangling. The bonus--expected to grant workers an additional 4
percent of their yearly salaries--is being financed by a $125
million payment from the state's first land-based casino, in New
Governor: Stephen Merrill (R)
FY 1996 state budget: $1.564 billion FY 1996 K-12 budget:
$89.4 million FY 1995 K-12 budget: $86 million
Percent change: +4 percent
New Hampshire will join the Powerball multi-state lottery in
fiscal 1996, under a measure passed by legislators.
The net proceeds will support K-12 and higher education.
The legislature rejected the Governor's plan to provide $5
million to districts that do not currently have kindergarten,
a proposal that was intended to help them start offering it.
Lawmakers eliminated the state's $427,500
school-improvement program designed to help districts
evaluate local standards.
Governor: Bill Graves (D)
FY 1996 state budget: $7.779 billion. FY 1996 K-12
budget: $1.982 billion. FY 1995 K-12 budget: $1.929
Percent change: +2.8 percent
The approved budget increases per-pupil spending by
almost $30 per pupil, the first such increase since the
state's school-finance formula was rewritten in 1992.
The Senate failed to consider a proposal that would
have eliminated property taxes as a source of funding
for schools, effectively killing a measure that had
been approved by the House.
Governor: George V. Voinovich (R)
FY 1996 state budget: $16.24 billion FY 1996 K-12
budget: $4.92 billion FY 1995 K-12 budget: $4.62
Percent change K-12 budget: +6.5 percent
Elementary and secondary school spending increases to
$5.2 billion in fiscal 1997, the second year of the
state's biennial budget.
The legislature approved a pilot program in
Cleveland to make tuition vouchers available to
between 1,000 and 2,000 low-income students, who
could use them to attend private or religious
A so-called "Robin Hood" plan to shift some state
funding from wealthy to poorer districts failed.
Lawmakers expanded the 11-member elected state
school board to include eight new members
appointed by the Governor.
About $400 million was approved for computers
and teacher training as part of a
comprehensive technology expansion initiated
by the Governor in the last budget.
Governor: Frank Keating (R)
FY 1996 state budget: $5.55 billion FY
1996 K-12 budget: $1.41 billion FY 1995 K-12
budget: $1.39 billion
Percent change: +1.4 percent
Governor Keating vetoed supplemental
amounts sought by the legislature,
including about $8 million for K-12
The Governor also vetoed $3 million in
state money for Head Start and $2 million
for vocational-technical education.
A political struggle between the
Governor and the Democrat-controlled
legislature blocked distribution of $6
million in special funding to growing
Governor: Angus S. King Jr. (I)
FY 1996 state budget: $1.732 billion
FY 1996 K-12 budget: $534.1 million FY
1995 K-12 budget: $521 million
Percent Change K-12 budget: +2.5
Beginning in July 1997, local income
levels and cost-of-living rates will,
for the first time, become part of
the state formula for school-aid
funding. Currently, state aid to
schools is based on local property
Legislators earmarked $2 million
this fiscal year for school systems
hardest hit by drops in property
Lawmakers also appropriated $2.5
million for a residential science
and math magnet school slated to
open this fall.
Governor: David M. Beasley
FY 1996 state budget: $4.1
billion FY 1996 K-12 budget: $1.7
billion FY 1995 K-12 budget: $1.5
Percent change: +13
A legislative fight to redirect
money from the Educational
Improvement Act into the
state's general revenues
failed. Lawmakers voted to keep
the $34.6 million increase--a
result of revenues from a
one-cent sales tax during an
economic boom--for the
school-improvement program this
Lawmakers also increased
flexibility in the
and eliminated 10 projects.
The $9.2 million saved will
be funneled into other
The budget also includes a
$94 million increase in
programs and a $29 million
increase in the general
education fund due to
enrollment increases and
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