The following is a summary of the fiscal 2000 state budgets for schools and highlights of education-related action in legislatures. The totals for K-12 education include money for state education administration, but do not include federal, flow-through dollars.
Governor: Jane Dee Hull (R)
FY 2000 state budget: $5.94 billion
FY 2000 K-12 budget: $2.33 billion
FY 1999 K-12 budget: $2.21 billion
Percent change K-12 budget: +5.4 percent
Estimated enrollment: 821,500
- State's first biennial budget of $12.14 billion includes $4.76 billion in operations aid for K-12 education in fiscal 2000 and 2001.
- Precollegiate figure for 2000 does not include more than $300 million for school facility needs.
- Gov. Hull's reading initiatives for grades K-3 are slated to receive increase of $13.6 million over biennium.
Governor: Angus King (I)
FY 2000 state budget: $2.28 billion
FY 2000 K-12 budget: $622.04 million
FY 1999 K-12 budget: $593.01 million
Percent change K-12 budget: +4.89 percent
Estimated enrollment: 215,000
- State funding formula was rewritten to increase aid to poor districts. New $3.8 million fund will prevent wealthier districts from actually losing aid because of the changes.
- Legislature added $23.4 million to existing $20 million loan fund to finance school renovations.
- New fund for school technology will kick off in 2001, with $3 million raised annually through 0.5 percent tax imposed on telephone customers. Money will be used for teacher training, Internet access, and computer networks.
- New law will require schools to write student codes of conduct and to draft crisis-intervention plans.
Governor: Kenny Guinn (R)
FY 2000 state budget: $1.55 billion
FY 2000 K-12 budget: $667.84 million
FY 1999 K-12 budget: $698.33 million
Percent change K-12 budget: -4.4 percent
Estimated enrollment: 311,000
- Legislature approved proposal by Gov. Guinn to spend 40 percent of state's share of a tobacco settlement for new college-scholarship program, called Millennium scholarships. Students who maintain 3.0 averages in core curriculum in high school will be eligible for scholarships of up to $2,500. Program will begin with class of 2000. Law also establishes Millennium-scholarship board.
- Spending plan includes $500,000 for each year of fiscal 2000-01 budget biennium to set up pilot alternative school programs for disruptive students at eight schools. State education department can spend up to $10,000 to hire contractor to evaluate that program.
- Budget also includes $3.4 million for each year of biennium to establish four regional professional-development centers for teachers. Training at centers will focus on state's academic standards, assessment, and instruction.
Governor: George E. Pataki (R)
FY 2000 state budget: $37.4 billion
FY 2000 K-12 budget: $12.12 billion
FY 1999 K-12 budget: $11.78 billion
Percent change K-12 budget: +2.9 percent
Estimated enrollment: 2.8 million
- Under pressure from legislature, governor dropped proposal to give districts block grants instead of separate aid allotments for initiatives that he and lawmakers agreed on last year. Budget reverts to that original agreement, providing $100 million for public preschool, $75 million for class-size reduction, and $50 million for school maintenance.
- Budget boosts state aid to school districts by $913 million, or 8 percent, for largest dollar increase in state history.
- State aid for school construction will grow by $284 million, or 34 percent, to more than $1.1 billion. Another fund provides additional $145 million--40 percent earmarked for New York City schools--to help districts meet their most pressing facility needs.
- Budget requires districts to provide information for "property-tax report card" and "full budget disclosure" notices to taxpayers.
Governor: Edward T. Schafer (R)
FY 2000-01 state budget: $1.58 billion
FY 2000-01 K-12 budget: $546.99 million
FY 1998-99 K-12 budget: 524.91 million
Percent change K-12 budget: +4.2 percent
Estimated enrollment: 112,196
- Biennial budget raises foundation aid for districts by nearly 3 percent, to $479 million over two years.
- School technology grants totaling $6 million to be distributed to districts based on enrollments, replacing previous competitive process.
- Earmarks $4 million from anticipated state surplus to help districts deal with rapidly declining enrollments, including $2 million in incentives for districts to merge.
- State's tax-poor districts will share additional $3.1 million over two years to help equalize funding.
Governor: Howard Dean (D)
FY 2000 state budget: $804.24 million
FY 2000 K-12 budget: $680.91 million
FY 1999 K-12 budget: $658.01 million
Percent change K-12 budget: +3.5 percent
Estimated enrollment: 106,000
- Fiscal 2000 budget includes, at governor's request, $600,000 for new reading-readiness program and $400,000 for early-math initiative.
- Budget also raises funding for state assessment by $354,000, to $2.5 million.
- Lawmakers voted to increase state's share of special education funding to 60 percent of costs, allocating $46.8 million for fiscal 2000, up from $40.4 million.
- Budget also quadruples funding for supplemental grants for small
schools, from $1 million to $4 million.
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