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Legislative Update

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Alaska | Arkansas | Hawaii | Ohio | Pennsylvania | Virginia | Washington

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.

ALASKA

Governor: Tony Knowles (D)

Proposed FY 2002 state budget: $7.2 billion

Proposed FY 2002 K-12 budget:$654.6 million

FY 2001 K-12 budget: $654.6 million

Proposed percent change K-12 budget: No change

Estimated K-12 enrollment: 135,000

Highlights:

  • In his proposed budget, Gov. Knowles calls for keeping same level of school spending as last year, while redirecting $16 million toward "Quality Schools" and early-childhood programs. Even as budget tightens, he says state "can't afford to slack off when it comes to our children's education."
  • A task force appointed by the governor recommends spending $42.4 million this year—leading to total of $100 million within five years—to help schools reach accountability standards set forth in Quality Schools law. Mr. Knowles has yet to announce his position on that recommendation, but generally supports more spending on standards-based reforms.

ARKANSAS

Governor: Mike Huckabee (R)

Proposed FY 2002 state budget: $3.26 billion

Proposed FY 2002 K-12 budget: $1.82 billion

FY 2001 K-12 budget: $1.72 billion

Proposed percent change K-12 budget: +5.8 percent

Estimated K-12 enrollment: 446,000

Highlights:

  • Governor proposes a $3,000, across-the-board pay raise for teachers as one of his top priorities in a state with some of nation's lowest teacher salaries.
  • In effort to attract more teachers to state's Mississippi Delta region, governor supports state department of education's goal of retaining three times as many Teach For America teachers in that impoverished area.

HAWAII

Governor: Benjamin J. Cayetano (D)

Proposed FY 2002 state budget: $3.56 billion

Proposed FY 2002 K-12 budget: $1.31 billion

FY 2001 K-12 budget: $1.01 billion

Proposed percent change K-12 budget: +29 percent

Estimated K-12 enrollment: 184,000

Highlights:

  • Gov. Cayetano is requesting $290 million for capital improvements to schools in Hawaii's statewide system, including $90 million for construction of new schools and classrooms, $100 million for repairs and maintenance, and $100 million to renovate some older schools.
  • Governor wants to spend $21 million to buy 18,000 new computers for schools. That purchase would bring ratio of students to computers from 6-to-1 down to 4-to-1.
  • Mr. Cayetano also wants to establish Hawaii New Century Scholarship, a college-scholarship program for students who graduate from high school with B averages or better. He proposes to transfer $175 million from a hurricane-relief fund to a rainy-day fund; interest earned on that money would be used for scholarships.

OHIO

Governor: Bob Taft (R)

Proposed FY 2002 state budget: $33.5 billion

Proposed FY 2002 pre-K-12 budget: $7.32 billion

FY 2001 pre-K-12 budget: $7.17 billion

Proposed percent change pre-K-12 budget: +2.1 percent

Estimated pre-K-12 enrollment: 1.8 million

Highlights:

  • In first year of biennial budget plan, governor would devote $7.4 million in new funding—for total of $8.5 million—to support state education department's efforts to set new academic standards in all major subjects.
  • Proposed budget also would provide $13 million in new money for intervention strategies—including targeted teacher training and funding for literacy specialists—to help at-risk students with reading and writing skills.
  • Mr. Taft's plan includes 80 percent increase in funding for state's long-term school construction and repairs program, which would bring total school facilities spending in fiscal 2002 to $84.2 million.

PENNSYLVANIA

Governor: Tom Ridge (R)

Proposed FY 2002 state budget: $20.77 billion

Proposed FY 2002 pre-K-12 budget: $6.42 billion

FY 2001 pre-K-12 budget: $6.19 billion

Proposed percent change pre-K-12 budget: +3.7 percent

Estimated pre-K-12 enrollment: 1.8 million

Highlights:

  • Budget would set aside $23.6 million for grants of up to $500 for 4th and 5th graders performing below grade level in mathematics and reading to help pay for private tutoring or other academic help.
  • Mr. Ridge also wants to allot $15 million to offset tax credits for businesses that donate money to nonprofit groups for scholarships and other educational services.
  • Under governor's plan, special education spending would rise by 10 percent from fiscal 2001 level, to new total of $861 million.
  • Spending on school-performance-incentive program would rise by 10 percent from fiscal 2001 amount, to $36.9 million.

VIRGINIA

Governor: James S. Gilmore (R)

Proposed FY 2002 state budget: $22.06 billion

Proposed FY 2002 K-12 budget: $4.04 billion

FY 2001 K-12 budget: $3.98 billion

Proposed percent change K-12 budget: +1.5 percent

Estimated K-12 enrollment: 1.1 million

Highlights:

  • In second year of biennial budget, governor proposes modest increases in education spending, including initiative to budget additional $4.2 million to hire 100 new algebra teachers.

•Governor also seeks additional $6 million to expand existing program to help schools that performed poorly on new state tests.

  • Gov. Gilmore is asking for $1.4 million for administrative and personnel costs associated with expanding state testing program to include retesting of students who fail to pass exams.

WASHINGTON

Governor: Gary Locke (D)

Proposed FY 2002 state budget: $20.58 billion

Proposed FY 2002 pre-K-12 budget: $5.65 billion

FY 2001 pre-K-12 budget: $4.80 billion

Proposed percent change pre-K-12 budget: +17.7 percent

Estimated pre-K-12 enrollment: 1 million

Highlights:

  • Gov. Locke would provide districts with $184 million in additional spending from a ballot measure approved by voters last fall to pay for smaller class sizes, extra learning opportunities, and professional development.
  • He would commit $102 million for cost-of- living increases in teacher pay that voters approved in another ballot measure last fall.
  • Governor wants to spend $8 million to launch demonstration projects to devise new methods of compensating teachers and to exempt schools from some state regulations.
  • He is requesting $13.9 million in new funding for school safety projects, and wants to spend $8 million to provide technical experts to help districts assist struggling schools.

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