Published Online: February 26, 1997

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The following are summaries of governors budget requests for schools and highlights of proposals on the state education agendas.

NORTH CAROLINA

Governor:
James B. Hunt Jr. (D)

FY 1998 proposed state budget:
$11.53 billion

FY 1998 proposed K-12 budget:
$4.71 billion

FY 1997 K-12 budget:
$4.30 billion

Percent change K-12 budget:
+9.5 percent

Estimated enrollment:
1,200,000

Highlights:

  • In his two-year budget, Gov. Hunt seeks a $327 million expansion for education to continue development and implementation of state's New ABCs of Public Education program, which refers to accountability, basics, and local control; to widen efforts to make schools safe; and to institute new measures to recruit and retain teachers.
  • Budget includes $222.5 million to raise teacher salaries and to pay for a 12 percent salary increase for teachers who gain certification from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.
  • Proposed $11 million would go for hiring additional teachers to reduce class size in grades 6 and 7 for students below grade level in reading and math.
  • Governor's budget plan proposes $5 million to continue funding for the North Carolina Center for the Prevention of School Violence.

WISCONSIN

Governor:
Tommy G. Thompson (R)

FY 1998 proposed state budget:
$9.57 billion

FY 1998 proposed K-12 budget:
$3.76 billion

FY 1997 K-12 budget:
$3.61 billion

Percent change K-12 budget:
+4.2 percent

Estimated enrollment:
879,400

Highlights:

  • Governor proposes spending $200 million over the next two years on educational technology for public schools and University of Wisconsin. Plan calls for loans to upgrade electrical and network wiring, computer training for teachers, high-speed direct connections to Internet, and more computers. Roughly 25 percent of state's schools have Internet access.
  • Governor's plan includes set of scholastic standards in English, history, geography, science, and math for public school students. Mr. Thompson has appointed Council on Model Academic Standards to submit final set of standards by mid-September; council is also reviewing standards drafted by state education department, which has been butting heads with governor on this issue.
  • In budget address, Mr. Thompson emphasized he is committed to paying for two-thirds of local school districts' cost. He also noted he would allow city of Milwaukee, Milwaukee Area Technical College, and University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee to establish charter schools. These charter schools would differ from others in state in that they would be free from local school board control.

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