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Published in Print: September 22, 1999, as Legislative Update

Legislative Update

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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 not federal, flow-through dollars.

CALIFORNIA

Governor: Gray Davis (D)

FY 2000 state budget: $81.3 billion

FY 2000 K-12 budget: $23.7 billion

FY 1999 K-12 budget: $22.43 billion

Percent change K-12 budget: +5.7 percent

Estimated enrollment: 5.7 million

Highlights:

  • Gov. Davis' first budget includes $274 increase in per-pupil spending, from $5,751 in fiscal 1999 to $6,025 in fiscal 2000.
  • As part of governor's school improvement plan, budget also includes: $192 million for new performance and accountability measures; $134 million to help schools buy textbooks aligned with state standards; and $35 million to pay for extra slots in after-school enrichment programs for low-income students.
  • Budget includes $100 million for teacher-quality initiatives, half of which will be directed toward raising teacher salaries and half designed for financial rewards for teachers at low-performing schools whose students show marked academic gains.

MICHIGAN

Governor: John Engler (R)

FY 2000 state budget: $34.04 billion

FY 2000 K-12 budget: $11.01 billion

FY 1999 K-12 budget: $9.62 billion

Percent change K-12 budget: +14.4 percent

Estimated enrollment: 1.7 million

Highlights:

  • For fiscal 2000, legislature increased basic state K-12 funding to nearly $5,700 per pupil--a per-student increase of slightly more than $230 from fiscal 1999.
  • Lawmakers approved plan to give Michigan high school students who pass state reading, writing, mathematics, or science exams--starting with class of 2000--one-time scholarships of up to $2,500 for use at in-state colleges, technical-training centers, or for apprenticeships.

OREGON

Governor: John Kitzhaber (D)

FY 2000-01 state budget: $10.61 billion

FY 2000-01 K-12 budget: $4.81 billion

FY 1998-99 K- 12 budget: $4.36 billion

Percent change K-12 budget: +10.5 percent

Estimated enrollment: 573,000

Highlights:

  • Governor had proposed $4.95 billion for K-12 for 2000-01 biennium.
  • Local-option measure enables communities to ask voters to raise property taxes to help pay for schools, but requires 50 percent voter turnout and majority vote.
  • Legislature approved process to create public charter schools in which half the teaching and administrative staff must hold regular Oregon teaching licenses.
  • Budget includes $300,000 for state superintendent to produce local school report cards by Jan. 30. Schools with low grades must develop improvement plans.
  • Lawmakers enacted several measures to tighten school security, including requirement that teachers report to an administrator or law-enforcement agency anyone they believe has brought a firearm or destructive device to school.

Vol. 19, Issue 3, Page 6

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