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Following are summaries of governors' budget requests for precollegiate education and highlights of their legislative agendas, and final action by legislatures on education-related matters.

Governors' Proposals



James R. Thompson (R)

FY 1989 proposed state budget:

$11.1 billion

FY 1989 proposed K-12 budget:

$2.8 billion

FY 1988 K-12 budget:

$2.8 billion

Percent change K-12 budget:

No change


Level funding for both precollegiate and higher education. Expected increase in revenues from existing tax sources would be used to pay off state debts.

"Modest" tax increase, but has not yet revealed specific proposals. New revenues would be used to raise spending for education, child health and protective services, and day care.

Final Action



Norman H. Bangerter (R)

FY 1989-90 state budget:

$2.8 billion

FY 1989-90 K-12 budget:

$1.02 billion

FY 1987-88 K-12 budget:

$1.01 billion

Percent change K-12 budget:

+1 percent


Increased school aid by $5.7 million to cover cost of rising enrollment.

Approved modified version of Governor's pilot plan for block grants of all state aid to five districts.

Passed bills that will: encourage small districts to consolidate; require the state board to develop an aids-education curriculum; allow school administrators to issue tickets--carrying fines of up to $20--to truant students; extend special-education services to children as young as 3.

Rejected proposals that would have: eliminated the state board of education; granted parents tax credits to help cover cost of private-school tuition; allowed parental choice in public schools.

Vol. 07, Issue 24

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