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New Hampshire

Governor: Judd Gregg (R)

FY 1990-91 State Budget: $1.3 billion
FY 1990-91 K-12 Budget: $69 million
K-12 change for FY 91: -$3.6 million

Highlights:

Legislature adopted constitutional amendment, to be considered by voters in November, ensuring that the state maintain current practice of devoting lottery revenues to school districts.

Also approved legislation placing into statute the state board of education's regulations authorizing home schooling. Under the law, parents must notify the education department that they are educating their children at home.

Appointed committee to study proposals to establish statewide choice program and system of denying drivers' licenses to dropouts.

Lawmakers rejected proposals to establish a statewide income or property tax.

Tennessee

Governor: Ned McWerter (D)

FY 1991 State Budget: $8.5 billion
FY 1991 K-12 Budget: $1.44 billion
FY 1990 K-12 Budget: $1.38 billion
Percent change K-12 budget: +4.3 percent

Highlights:

Budget includes a 4 percent across-the-board increase in the state salary schedule for teachers, bringing their average salary to $28,200 next school year. Starting salaries for teachers will be a minimum of $18,585.

Budget allocates $2 million to add 14 elementary schools in five low-income school districts to a project to reduce class size in grades K-3 to 15 students per teacher.

Also allocates $695,000 to expand the state's adult-literacy program to all 95 counties.

Legislature created a three-year "deregulation" program that will allow eight school systems to apply for waivers from state regulations to ease efforts to improve their instructional programs.

Also approved a bill to deny or revoke the driver's licenses of students under age 18 who drop out without a valid excuse; and a bill giving a 25 percent discount on tuition at state higher-education institutions to the minor children of state public-school teachers.

Vol. 09, Issue 33

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