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The following is a summary of governors' education proposals for fiscal 2002. The figures for the state budget and for precollegiate education spending include money for state education administration, but not federal, flow-through dollars. Percentage increases are based on rounded numbers, and estimated enrollment reflects the state's projected public school enrollment for 2001-02, unless otherwise noted. Depending on the state, figures may or may not include prekindergarten spending and enrollment.


INDIANA

Governor: Frank L. O'Bannon (D)

Proposed FY 2002 state budget: $12.23 billion

Proposed FY 2002 K-12 budget: $4.20 billion

FY 2001 K-12 budget: $4.05 billion

Proposed percent change K-12 budget: +3.7 percent

Estimated K-12 enrollment: 954,000

Highlights:

• Gov. O'Bannon has set aside $50 million of his proposed $8.58 billion K-12 biennial budget for mathematics and reading programs.

Gov. Frank L. O' Bannon

It includes $13 million in fiscal 2002 for intensive reading programs for 3rd graders and $4 million that year for middle school math.

• Also proposes $50 million over biennium for early-childhood-education grants, with $5 million in fiscal 2002 for planning and remaining $45 million in fiscal 2003. Schools could obtain grants for such programs as all-day kindergarten and transitional programs for children not yet ready for regular kindergarten.

• An additional $30 million, evenly split over each year of biennium, would pay for a teacher-training program that was authorized as part of school accountability legislation passed in 1999, but never provided funding. Governor proposes that state lottery proceeds pay for that program, as well as parts of his proposed math, reading, and early-childhood initiatives.


IOWA

Governor: Tom Vilsack (D)

Proposed FY 2002 state budget: $5.00 billion

Proposed FY 2002 K-12 budget: $2.01 billion

FY 2001 K-12 budget: $1.94 billion

Proposed percent change K-12 budget: +3.5 percent

Estimated K-12 enrollment: 492,000

Highlights:

• Gov. Vilsack pledged $40 million in new state dollars to recruit and retain more teachers and improve learning in Iowa classrooms. Money would be used to increase teacher salaries and create a mentor program for incoming teachers.

• Budget proposes $10 million in fiscal 2002 for state's existing program to reduce class sizes and improve schools, boosting total state funding for multiyear project to $30 million.

• Governor proposes increasing fiscal 2002 per-pupil allocation for schools' day-to-day operations by 4 percent, or $59 million, from $1.74 billion in fiscal 2001. Another 4 percent increase in state per-pupil spending is proposed for 2003, which would increase state aid by another $63.7 million.


MAINE

Governor: Angus King Jr. (I)

Proposed FY 2002 state budget: $5.36 billion

Proposed FY 2002 pre-K-12 budget: $912 million

FY 2001 pre-K-12 budget: $935 million

Proposed percent change pre-K-12 budget: -2.5 percent

Estimated pre-K-12 enrollment: 212,000

Highlights:

• Governor's proposed spending plan for precollegiate education for first year of biennial budget would represent a drop from previous year. However, fiscal 2001 budget included $75 million in supplemental spending added to biennial budget passed in 1999 because of state surplus.

• Mr. King proposes spending $15 million on new early-intervention program for children with special needs, and $6.5 million for new program of adult education.

• He also calls for tapping $50 million school technology fund set up last year to buy a relatively low-tech type of laptop computer for 7th and 8th graders statewide.


Massachusetts

Governor: Paul Cellucci (R)

Proposed FY 2002 state budget: $22.5 billion

Proposed FY 2002 K-12 budget: $4.14 billion

FY 2001 K-12 budget: $3.92 billion

Proposed percent change K-12 budget: +5.6 percent

Estimated K-12 enrollment: 988,500

Highlights:

• Governor seeks modifications in state school aid formula that would increase money sent to districts with high enrollment growth.

Gov. Paul Cellucci

New formula also would aim to simplify current 35-step process by halving number of calculations needed to set aid levels.

• Spending plan proposes $6 million increase to help students who score at lowest levels on state exams. Students in class of 2003 must pass the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System exams in mathematics and English to graduate.

• Includes funding for state board of education to create regional centers to provide accelerated teacher-preparation courses as alternative route to teacher certification.


Minnesota

Governor: Jesse Ventura (I)

Proposed FY 2002 state budget: $15.9 billion

Proposed FY 2002 K-12 budget: $4.49 billion

FY 2001 K-12 budget: $4.18 billion

Proposed percent change K-12 budget: +7.4 percent

Estimated K-12 enrollment: 853,000

Highlights:

•Governor's $33.9 billion biennial spending plan includes $9.06 billion for elementary and secondary education.

Gov. Jesse Ventura

•Plan proposes shifting education spending from local property-tax base to state, bringing state share of such spending to 85 percent. Would place full cost of voter-approved referendums for schools on residential properties, but would add $116 million in fiscal 2003 to bolster funding for property-poor districts.

•Calls for adding $6.93 million to debt-service-equalization program to help districts with capital needs. Approximately $20 million a year for that program would be financed through Mr. Ventura's tax plan, beginning in fiscal 2003.

•Includes $10 million for additional student testing and technical assistance for struggling districts, and $15 million for incentives for school districts to try new approaches to teacher compensation.


NEVADA

Governor: Kenny Guinn (R)

Proposed FY 2002 state budget: $4.36 billion

Proposed FY 2002 pre-K-12 budget: $748 million

FY 2001 pre-K-12 budget: $709 million

Proposed percent change pre-K-12 budget: +5.5 percent

Estimated pre-K-12 enrollment: 345,000

Highlights:

• Governor wants to appropriate $58 million for one-time, 5 percent cash bonus to all school employees.

• Special $20 million appropriation is recommended to pay for additional training, textbooks, and technology for districts.

• Gov. Guinn proposes $5 million for each year of fiscal 2002 and 2003 biennial budget to establish Nevada Early Literacy Intervention Program, designed to train K-3 teachers in teaching reading, so all children can read at grade level by end of 3rd grade.

Mr. Guinn also recommends $189 million during biennium—$20 million increase over previous biennium—to maintain smaller class sizes created by 1989 class-size-reduction initiative as enrollment grows. He proposes another $374,000 for evaluation of that initiative.· Mr. Guinn also recommends $189 million during biennium—$20 million increase over previous biennium—to maintain smaller class sizes created by 1989 class-size- reduction initiative as enrollment grows. He proposes another $374,000 for evaluation of that initiative.


New Jersey

Governor: Donald T. DiFrancesco (R)

Proposed FY 2002 state budget: $23.15 billion

Proposed FY 2002 pre-K-12 budget: $7.34 billion

FY 2001 pre-K-12 budget: $6.75 billion

Proposed percent change K-12 budget: +8.7 percent

Estimated pre-K-12 enrollment: 1.4 million

Highlights:

• In budget proposed days before she resigned to head the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, former Gov. Christine Todd Whitman proposed spending $29 million on teacher improvement and recruitment. Ms. Whitman turned over governorship on Jan. 31 to Mr. DiFrancesco, who has no plans to submit a substitute budget.

• Under two proposed teaching initiatives, $10 million would go to teacher preparation at colleges, while $5 million would pay for bonuses to new teachers who graduated from college with at least a 3.0 grade point average. Former governor proposed $14 million to expand pilot mentoring program for new teachers—$5.3 million above fiscal 2001.

• Funding for statewide distance-learning network would increase by $2.3 million, to total of $59 million; network should be in place by end of 2001-02 school year.

• Plan seeks $1 million for matching grants of up to $10,000 to help districts improve playgrounds.

• Formula-driven state aid to K-12 schools would rise 8 percent, or $473 million, to $6.3 billion in fiscal 2002. Special education aid would rise by $135 million, to $895.5 million in 2002.


SOUTH CAROLINA

Governor: Jim Hodges (D)

Proposed FY 2002 state budget: $5.3 billion

Proposed FY 2002 K-12 budget: $2.56 billion

FY 2001 K-12 budget: $2.41 billion

Proposed percent change K-12 budget: +6.2 percent

Estimated enrollment: 648,000

Highlights:

• Gov. Hodges wants to focus state's attention and money on education, and has asked all state agencies to cut their budgets by 15 percent to help. His budget would add about $25 million to K-12 programs, yet cut overall state spending by $200 million.

• Governor has two main priorities this year: additional $68 million for teacher pay raises beyond what state law now requires, and $54 million to provide more help, including on-site assistance from highly experienced educators, to schools identified as low- performing under state's accountability law.

• Mr. Hodges also wants lawmakers to spend $9 million to double state's $100 annual allotment to each teacher for classroom supplies as part of pay raise, and to authorize $40 million in bonds for new school buses.

Vol. 20, Issue 21, Page 17

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