Legislative Update

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Governor: John Waihee 3rd (D)

FY 1990-91 state budget: $4.3 billion
FY 1990-91 K-12 budget: $1.05 billion
K-12 change for FY 91: +$22.1 million


  • Lawmakers approved $15.6 million for the A-Plus after-school child-care program next year.


Governor: Terry E. Branstad (R)

FY 1991 state budget: $3.1 billion
FY 1991 K-12 budget: $1.27 billion
FY 1990 K-12 budget: $1.16 billion
Percent change K-12 budget: +10 percent


  • Legislature considered compromise proposal aimed at settling state's long-running dispute over home schooling, but effort died in Senate after opposition from fundamentalist Christians and other groups.
  • Governor vetoed $650,000 from the education budget to compensate for lower projected tax revenues.


Governor: Mike Hayden (R)

FY 1991 state budget: $2.49 billion
FY 1991 K-12 budget: $958.4 million
FY 1990 K-12 budget: $917.3 million
Percent change K-12 budget: +4.5 percent


  • Legislature did not approve most of Governor's tax proposals, including a roll-back of property taxes and a constitutional amendment to overturn 1986 property-classification amendment. Approved a property-tax lid for local governments, but school boards would still be able to raise taxes for operating budgets.
  • Approved a school-finance formula that guarantees districts the same per-pupil amount they received this year; also approved a proposed constitutional amendment to limit the powers of the state board of education.
  • Rejected proposed outcome-based school-accreditation plan.

Vol. 09, Issue 34

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