State of the States

Follow Education Week's comprehensive coverage of all 2007 State of the State Addresses as the nation's governors outline their ideas on education and other legislative priorities. All stories include a complete transcript of the governor's address, some also include audio and video versions.

Here are summaries of recent annual addresses by governors around the country.
January 21, 2009 - Education Week

Eliminating the program would cut out "wastefulness and giveaways," according to Gov. Ted Strickland.
March 20, 2007 - Education Week

In his first State of the State address, Florida Gov. Charlie Crist pushed for additional funds to expand a program that is under fire in the legislature and in court.
March 13, 2007 - Education Week

Gov. Rod Blagojevich predicts the move would pour billions of dollars in new revenue into Illinois schools.
March 13, 2007 - Education Week

Gov. Bob Riley is asking the state legislature to support an expansion of his reading, mathematics, and online-learning efforts.
March 13, 2007 - Education Week

Students could take college courses, and even earn associate’s degrees, while completing their high school studies.
February 27, 2007 - Education Week

Under the proposed plan, a portion of property-tax revenue would go to communities that already have committed substantial money to scholarships.
February 13, 2007 - Education Week

Rick Perry's proposed 2008-2009 biennial budget would add $80 million to the state’s pre-K program for “at risk,” or low-income, youngsters.
February 13, 2007 - Education Week

In his fifth State of the State address, Gov. Phil Bredesen pledged to use the proposed cigarette-tax increase to provide $120 million to schools that serve many children deemed at risk of school failure.
February 13, 2007 - Education Week

Pennsylvania Gov. Edward G. Rendell has proposed a $9.3 billion pre-K-12 education budget, a 5.8 percent hike from the amount spent in fiscal 2007.
February 13, 2007 - Education Week

Gov. Brad Henry has asked for $15 million in the fiscal 2008 budget for a pilot program to expand preschool to 3-year-olds, according to Paul Sund, the governor’s communications director.
February 13, 2007 - Education Week

Gov. Ernie Fletcher proposed an extra $7 million for the state’s Math Achievement Fund.
February 13, 2007 - Education Week

Gov. M. Jodi Rell recommended $3.4 billion in additional state spending on schools over the next five years.
February 13, 2007 - Education Week

Gov. Martin O’Malley's education agenda calls for increased funds, but few new initiatives.
February 6, 2007 - Education Week

Wisconsin Gov. James E. Doyle calling on lawmakers to “make Wisconsin a place where anyone who is willing to roll up their sleeves and work hard … can afford to get an education.”
February 6, 2007 - Education Week

Rhode Island Gov. Donald L. Carcieri said he would form a group to craft a 21st Century Education Plan focusing on school finance, teacher quality and compensation, and urban schools.
February 6, 2007 - Education Week

In his first budget address last week, Iowa Gov. Chet Culver called for nearly $190 million in new spending on education in fiscal 2008
February 6, 2007 - Education Week

The plan would help underwrite initiatives in instructional technology, early-childhood education, and after-school programs.
January 30, 2007 - Education Week

Gov. Jim Gibbons said he wants to stick with the current pilot program instead of calling for statewide implementation.
January 30, 2007 - Education Week

Gov. Linda Lingle said students need to be able to “compete with the best and the brightest from around the world.”
January 30, 2007 - Education Week

Gov. Dave Freudenthal called on Wyoming residents to look beyond their own counties, school districts, and political parties and to concentrate on the state first.
January 23, 2007 - Education Week

West Virginia should focus its attention on improving its response to school emergencies, says governor.
January 23, 2007 - Education Week

Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr. pushed for salary increases and "targeted financial incentives."
January 23, 2007 - Education Week

Gov. Mark Sanford's speech to the state legislature this year included a call for school choice and “market-based solutions to education,” but he didn’t endorse a specific program.
January 23, 2007 - Education Week

Gov. Haley Barbour called for increased teacher pay, expanded early-childhood education, and full funding for the formula intended to equalize school spending throughout Mississippi.
January 23, 2007 - Education Week

Gov. Pawlenty's initiative would give schools a 2 percent bonus for reaching and maintaining proficiency on state tests in reading and mathematics.
January 23, 2007 - Education Week

The full-day kindergarten initiative, the centerpiece of Gov. Mitch Daniels' education platform, flopped when pitched by the two previous governors.
January 23, 2007 - Education Week

Gov. Ruth Ann Miller said her budget proposal would fully finance full-day kindergarten for Delaware's regular public and charter schools.
January 23, 2007 - Education Week

Gov. Ritter also called for reducing by half over the next decade the achievement gap on state test scores between poor and some minority students and better-performing groups.
January 23, 2007 - Education Week

Gov. Sarah Palin's proposed budget would increase educational funding by 17 percent.
January 23, 2007 - Education Week

Gov. Bill Richardson is proposing to relieve overcrowding, double prekindergarten enrollment, and give a tax credit to some highly qualified teachers.
January 23, 2007 - Education Week

Existing funding won’t begin to meet the state’s continuing need for more classroom space, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said last week during his State of the State address.
January 17, 2007 - Education Week

Deeming education her top priority, Gov. Christine Gregoire pledged in her Jan. 9 State of the State address to improve opportunities for the youngest children in Washington state by spending more money on early education and health care.
January 17, 2007 - Education Week

Gov. Timothy M. Kaine reiterated his desire to expand preschool options for Virginia children in the State of the Commonwealth address he delivered to the legislature Jan. 10, saying his budget plan offers a way to expand early-learning programs, including those offered by religious institutions.
January 17, 2007 - Education Week

Gov. Michael Rounds’ speech opening South Dakota’s 2007 legislative session last week gave plenty of hints that the Republican governor expects the budgetary debates in the GOP-controlled legislature to be as intense this year as any in his five-year tenure.
January 17, 2007 - Education Week

“Opportunity” was the theme of Oregon Gov. Theodore R. Kulongoski’s Jan. 8 inaugural address as he highlighted increased education funding at all levels on the opening day of the legislature’s 2007 session.
January 17, 2007 - Education Week

A need to reduce property taxes in New Jersey—and to restructure the school funding that drives those taxes—formed the centerpiece of Gov. Jon Corzine’s State of the State address.
January 17, 2007 - Education Week

Gov. Dave Heineman of Nebraska called for both lower taxes and higher spending on K-12 education in his State of the State address last week.
January 17, 2007 - Education Week

Eight months after the Kansas legislature passed a three-year, $466 million K-12 education spending plan, Gov. Kathleen Sebelius praised lawmakers in her Jan. 10 State of the State address for their efforts, and urged them to fulfill their promise.
January 17, 2007 - Education Week

In his inaugural State of the State address on Jan. 8, Idaho Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter called education the highest budget priority in a year when the state has a new governor, a new speaker of the House, and a new state superintendent.
January 17, 2007 - Education Week

Saying he wants to keep Georgia’s teachers the “highest-paid in the Southeast,” Gov. Sonny Perdue proposed a 3 percent across-the-board raise for the state’s teachers in his Jan. 10 State of the State address.
January 17, 2007 - Education Week

In his first State of the State address, Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe, a Democrat, proposed a $40 million expansion of the state’s prekindergarten program, the Arkansas Better Chance program, bringing its total funding up to $111 million. Children whose families earn up to 200 percent of the federal poverty level are eligible for the program.
January 17, 2007 - Education Week

Gov. Janet Napolitano used her Jan. 8 State of the State address to propose increasing the minimum requirements for high school graduation in Arizona and raising the age at which youths there can drop out of school.
January 17, 2007 - Education Week

The governor pledged to provide enough additional school funding to achieve “excellence" in public education.
January 9, 2007 - Education Week

Gov. James H. Douglas launched his third two-year term with an inaugural address last week picturing the Vermont of the near future as a center for environmental engineering. High schools specializing in math, science, and technology would dot the landscape, the Republican governor said.
January 9, 2007 - Education Week

Gov. John Hoeven outlined a plan last week to take advantage of North Dakota’s economic good fortune by spending more state money on education while allowing local governments to reduce their school funding.
January 9, 2007 - Education Week

Gov. John Lynch, in his Jan. 5 inaugural address, called for a constitutional amendment allowing New Hampshire to target school funding to the communities that need it most. The proposal by the Democratic governor, who was elected to a second term in November, is aimed at putting an end to a school finance dispute that has raged in the state for 15 years.
January 9, 2007 - Education Week

Gov. Deval L. Patrick of Massachusetts said after being sworn into office Jan. 4 that “better schools” and “high expectations” for children are critical for ensuring that the state’s economy will flourish. He called for more flexibility in classrooms, as well as more early-childhood education and after-school programs.
January 9, 2007 - Education Week

Gov. Kathleen Babineaux Blanco made teacher pay a top education priority in her State of the State Address last week, asking Louisiana lawmakers to hand teachers raises of about $1,500.
April 4, 2006 - Education Week

Minnesota needs tougher standards in mathematics and science, starting in 8th grade, Gov. Tim Pawlenty said in his annual State of the State Address.
March 14, 2006 - Education Week

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