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Published in Print: June 2, 1999, as Legislative Update

Legislative Update

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The following is a summary of the fiscal 2000 budgets for schools. The totals for K-12 education include money for state education administration, but do not include federal, flow-through dollars.

INDIANA

Governor: Frank L. O'Bannon (D)

FY 2000 state budget: $7.27 billion

FY 2000 K-12 budget: $3.77 billion

FY 1999 K-12 budget: $3.64 billion

Percent change K-12 budget: +3.6 percent

Estimated enrollment: 988,100

Highlights:

  • Legislature approved $9 million to pay for state's school-safety program for fiscal 2000 and 2001, as part of a K-12 biennial budget of $7.72 billion. Safety program's current focus on before- and after-school efforts is expected to be replaced in upcoming biennium with emphasis on security.
  • In connection with bills passed on school accountability and academic standards and assessment, legislature approved $800,000 for study of Indiana's K-12 education programs, including teacher-preparation programs.
  • Legislature turned down Gov. O'Bannon's request for financing full-day kindergarten statewide and for new test of 1st and 2nd graders to make sure they were on track to read by 3rd grade.

KANSAS

Governor: Bill Graves (R)

FY 2000 state budget: $4.43 billion

FY 2000 K-12 budget: $2.24 billion

FY 1999 K-12 budget: $2.10 billion

Percent change K-12 budget: +6.7 percent

Estimated enrollment: 449,500

Highlights:

  • Budget raises state per-pupil spending for 1999-2000 school year by $50, from $3,720 to $3,770. It also locks in an additional $50 increase for 2000-01.
  • Governor recommended and legislature approved change to weighting factors in state's school funding formula to allow largest districts access to additional funding.

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