Legislative Update

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

Governor:. John R. McKernan Jr. (R)
FY 1992 state budget:
$1.54 billion
FY 1992 K-12 budget:
$642 million
FY 1991 K-12 budget:
$572 million
Percent change K-12 budget:
+ 12.3 percent


Revised K-12 amount for 1991 reflects a one-month loss of state aid after lawmakers agreed to delay a payment from the state to local school districts.

Increased spending for 1992 due to a higher state contribution to teacher-retirement system. After general state aid was restored to the level originally appropriated for 1991, most other education programs were either funded at last year's level or reduced.

Ned McWherter (D)
FY 1992 state budget:
$9.0 billion
FY 1992 K-12 budget:
$1.31 billion
FY 1991 K-12 budget:
$1.40 billion
Percent change K-12 budget:
-6.4 percent


Budget cuts were forced by continued revenue shortfalls and disagreement on temporary tax measures. The legislature tabled a tax-reform proposal backed by the Governor that would have provided increased funding for a comprehensive education-reform program.

Education package remains in conference committee; lawmakers do not expect to focus on the key sticking point--a provision that local superintendents be appointed by school boards rather than elected by voters--until legislature reconvenes next year. . The state judge who overturned the state's school-finance system this summer has given the legislature until June 30 of next year to devise a new method for funding education. . Budget reduces basic "foundation" aid to school districts by nearly 13 percent.

Vol. 11, Issue 04, Page 19

Published in Print: September 25, 1991, as Legislative Update
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