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Legislative Update

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Illinois | Missouri | Oklahoma | Tennessee | West Virginia

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.

ILLINOIS

Governor: George H. Ryan (R)

Proposed FY 2002 state budget: $50.0 billion

Proposed FY 2002 pre-K-12 budget: $6.22 billion

FY 2001 pre-K-12 budget:$5.92 billion

Proposed percent change pre-K-12 budget: +5.1 percent

Estimated pre-K-12 enrollment: 1.4 million

Highlights:

• Gov. Ryan proposes, for third year in a row, that 51 percent of new state revenues be spent on education and workforce training. If enacted, $460 million of an expected $900 million in new state revenues would go toward those purposes.

• Agreeing with a state advisory board's recommendation, Mr. Ryan favors an increase in state's per-pupil spending in public schools by $135, raising that level to $4,425 per year.

• Supporting a state board of education proposal, Mr. Ryan wants students in grades 3-11 to take state tests every year. Scheduled to start in 2002, testing battery would cost an extra $58 million annually.


MISSOURI

Governor: Bob Holden (D)

Proposed FY 2002 state budget: $19.02 billion

Proposed FY 2002 K-12 budget: $4.45 billion

FY 2001 K-12 budget:$4.23 billion

Proposed percent change K-12 budget:+5.2 percent

Estimated K-12 enrollment: 893,000

Highlights:

• Gov. Holden proposes $5,000 salary supplement for any Missouri teacher who earns certification from National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. Nationally certified teachers who agreed to help mentor other teachers seeking certification would receive 10 percent salary supplements on top of $5,000 bonuses, under Mr. Holden's plan.

• Governor asks for $4 million in one-time funding for additional technology grants to schools, to be used for expanding learning opportunities for children and teachers and for connecting schools to Internet.

• Mr. Holden proposes $5.8 million for special education services for 3- and 4-year-olds with disabilities.

• Budget request includes $3.1 million for child-care subsidies for more than 900 low-income families, as well as $1.9 million for Early Head Start to provide services to roughly 150 children.


OKLAHOMA

Governor: Frank Keating (R)

Proposed FY 2002 state budget: $5.57 billion

Proposed FY 2002 K-12 budget: $2.07 billion

FY 2001 K-12 budget:$1.97 billion

Proposed percent change K-12 budget: +5.1 percent

Estimated K-12 enrollment: 594,000

Highlights:

• Governor proposes awarding block grants totaling at least $75 million to reward school districts that reduce administrative costs, show high student achievement, or undertake improvement efforts.

• He would add $14 million to help districts buy textbooks.

• He would spend $5 million to expand state testing of students to all grades.

• Governor proposes awarding $2.2 million to schools that adopt special programs, including Core Knowledge and Advanced Placement courses.

• He would allot $1 million for bonuses to teachers who are certified by National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.


TENNESSEE

Governor: Don Sundquist (R)

Proposed FY 2000 state budget: $9.57 billion

Proposed FY 2002 pre-K-12 budget: $2.69 billion

FY 2001 pre-K-12 budget:$ 2.56 billion

Proposed percent change pre-K-12 budget: +5.1 percent

Estimated pre-K-12 enrollment: 901,000

Highlights:

• Gov. Sundquist aims to improve state's teaching pool by providing 200 new scholarships for teachers in subjects or school systems with shortages, at a cost of $2 million per year, and by allocating $800,000 to create training program to get teachers into classrooms more quickly.

• Budget includes $42 million next year for a new preschool program for all 4-year-olds deemed at risk of school failure. Governor sees money as down payment on plan to provide public preschool for all 4-year-olds and some 3-year-olds within five years.

• Governor wants to hire 8,000 teachers to serve as "reading coaches" who would train other teachers and work with students. Total cost would be $20 million a year, with each coach receiving $3,000 stipend.


WEST VIRGINIA

Governor: Bob Wise (D)

Proposed FY 2002 state budget: $7.7 billion

Proposed FY 2002 K-12 budget: $1.50 billion

FY 2001 K-12 budget: $1.47 billion

Proposed percent change K-12 budget: +2.0 percent

Estimated K-12 enrollment: 285,000

Highlights:

• Gov. Wise wants to spend $12.5 million from gambling-tax proceeds in coming fiscal year to create Promise Scholarships, a college-scholarship program based on achievement.

• As part of his budget proposal, governor announced creation by executive order of a statewide council on college preparation that will look at state's entire education system, from preschool through graduate school, and recommend improvements.

• He proposes to increase salaries of all West Virginia teachers by $1,000, and every school service worker's salary by $756, effective next Jan. 1.

• Governor wants to give raises of $2,500 to those who earn certification from National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.

• Mr. Wise proposes adding $750,000 to set up a state character education program.

Vol. 20, Issue 25, Pages 22-23

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