Education

Legislative Update

March 02, 1987 2 min read

Beginning this week, Legislative Update will include summaries of final action by legislatures on education-related matters. It also will continue to summarize governors’ budget requests for precollegiate education and highlights of their legislative agendas as they are announced.

Governors’ Proposals

FLORIDA

Governor:

Bob Martinez (R)

FY 1989 proposed state budget:

$9.19 billion

FY 1989 proposed K-12 budget:

$6.37 billion

FY 1988 K-12 budget:

$5.8 billion

Percent change K-12 budget:

+9.8 percent

Highlights

Proposes Project care, a multi-agency initiative to address educational and social needs of disadvantaged children. Includes $20 million for preschool services; $16.5 million for child-protective services; $7.9 million to increase welfare payments to children; $7.2 million to expand day-care programs; $3.8 million for community-based alternatives to incarceration for juvenile offenders; and $3.7 million to expand existing education and job-training program for teen-age mothers on welfare.

No funding for career-ladder program. Education department has asked for $16 million to pilot test such a program in three districts.

Would double funding for merit-schools program, from $10 million to $20 million.

RHODE ISLAND

Governor:

Edward D. DiPrete (R)

FY 1989 proposed state budget:

$1.37 billion

FY 1989 proposed K-12 budget:

$394 million

FY 1988 K-12 budget:

$362 million

Percent change K-12 budget:

+9 percent

Highlights

12.5 percent increase in aid to districts.

$1 million in new funding for literacy and dropout prevention.

$4 million for early-childhood initiatives, including mandatory kindergarten for 5-year-olds, half-day pre-kindergarten for “at risk” 4-year-olds, and “Governor’s schools” to test innovative strategies for early education.

26.5 percent increase in day-care funding.

$375,000 for an alternative community residence for emotionally troubled children.

Final Action

NEW MEXICO

Governor:

Garrey E. Carruthers (R)

FY 1989-90 state budget:

$1.5 billion

FY 1989-90 K-12 budget:

$803 million

FY 1987-88 K-12 budget:

$771 million

Percent change K-12 budget:

+4 percent

Highlights

Approved package of bills to “fine tune” state’s two-year-old reform program. Among the changes: districts required to offer kindergarten; class sizes reduced in English courses in grades 7-12; postponed for one year several requirements relieving teachers of non-instructional duties.

Rejected Governor’s request to block-grant state aid to schools.

Passed a sweeping welfare-reform bill that will force some teen-age mothers to enroll in school or job training or risk losing benefits.

Authorized creation of a cabinet-level department to coordinate non-educational state programs affecting young people.

Approved a 1.6-percent increase in teacher salaries.

Authorized a $50.5-million bond referendum for school construction and renovation.