The following are summaries of governors' budget requests for precollegiate education and highlights of proposals that rank high on the states' education agendas. Final legislative action on state budgets will be reported in the months ahead.
Governor: Michael N. Castle (R)
FY 1991 proposed state budget: $1.2 billion
FY 1991 proposed K-12 budget: $404 million
FY 1990 K-12 budget: $378 million
Percent change K-12 budget: +6.9 percent
Governor seeking pilot program for full-day kindergarten in 16 schools; also seeking $94,000 to test year-round school program for at-risk students.
Budget includes $2.8 million to fully implement funding-equalization formula adopted last year, and $4.8 million for contingency fund to cover expected enrollment increase.
Governor: John R. McKernan Jr. (R)
FY 1990-91 state budget: $3.2 billion
FY 1990-91 K-12 budget: $1.01 billion
No changes sought for education in biennial budget adopted last year.
In his State of the State Address, Governor contended that "innovation and accountability"--not increased spending--are the answer to improving education.
Governor: Ned McWherter (D)
FY 1991 proposed state budget: $8.5 billion
FY 1991 proposed K-12 budget: $1.44 billion
FY 1990 K-12 budget: $1.38 billion
Percent change K-12 budget: +4.4 percent
Budget includes $42.6 million for 4 percent salary increase for teachers; also provides $109 million for career-ladder program.
Also contains $2.2 million for edu8cation-reform pilot projects, including class-size reductions in 55 counties, long-distance learning centers, and additional help for at-risk students.
Governor: Tommy G. Thompson (R)
FY 1990-91 state budget: $22.3 billion
FY 1990-91 K-12 budget: $3.4 billion
Proposed change K-12 budget: +$33 million
Percent change K-12 budget: +1 percent
Budget includes $33 million in new aid for replacing or repairing aging school buildings.
Governor has appointed 79-member commission to study state's public schools.
In State of the State Address, Governor called for computerized reading and writing programs in every 1st- and 2nd-grade classroom in the state.
In his speech, Governor did not renew his past call for school-choice program, one part of which would have allowed elementary students in Milwaukee County to use state money to attend any public or nonsectarian private school in the county.
Vol. 09, Issue 20