Legislative Update

Article Tools
  • PrintPrinter-Friendly
  • EmailEmail Article
  • ReprintReprints
  • CommentsComments

The following are summaries of final action by legislatures on education-related matters.



William Donald Schaefer (D)

FY 1990 state budget:

$10.9 billion

FY 1990 K-12 budget:

$1.67 billion

FY 1989 K-12 budget:

$1.56 billion

Percent change K-12 budget:

+7 percent


Passed legislation backed by governor increasing membership of state board of education from 9 to 11, shortening members' terms of office.

Earmarked $93 million for school construction and renovation projects, $33 million above amount sought by governor; $5.5 million for programs for at-risk children; $500,000 for summer institutes for math and science teachers.

Killed in committee a bill that would have established a professional-standards board for teachers.

Defeated bills to: require high-school students to maintain a C average to remain eligible for sports; create $200,00 pilot program to increase parental involvement in schools.



Gaston Caperton (D)

FY 1990 state budget:

$1.7 billion

FY 1990 K-12 budget:

$924.5 million

FY 1989 K-12 budget:

$781.9 million

Percent change K-12 budget:

+18 percent


Placed constitutional amendment on Sept. 9 ballot to reconstitute state board of education. Would allow governor to appoint board's members, create Cabinet-level post of secretary of education and the arts.

Consolidation of 150 state agencies into 7 departments freed funds to provide 5 percent pay raise for school, state employees.

$142-million increase in state school aid includes $108 million to rescue teacher-pension fund from insolvency. Governor appointed task force to devise long-term solution.

Appropriated $7 million to place computers in all 1st-grade classrooms for basic-skills instruction.

Vol. 08, Issue 31

Notice: We recently upgraded our comments. (Learn more here.) If you are logged in as a subscriber or registered user and already have a Display Name on edweek.org, you can post comments. If you do not already have a Display Name, please create one here.
Ground Rules for Posting
We encourage lively debate, but please be respectful of others. Profanity and personal attacks are prohibited. By commenting, you are agreeing to abide by our user agreement.
All comments are public.

Back to Top Back to Top

Most Popular Stories