Legislative Update

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


Governor: Guy Hunt (R)

FY 1992 state budget: $6.8 billion
FY 1992 K-12 budget: $1.62 billion
FY 1991 K-12 budget: $1.59 billion
Percent change K-12 budget: + 1.8 percent


  • Lawmakers approved Governor's education-reform bill, which requires the state to resume pro-service teacher testing, establish a core curriculum of required courses for all high-school students, allow intradistrict public-school choice, and extend the school year by four days. The bill does not fund the reforms, which are estimated to cost up to $670 million a year.
  • Effective Oct. 1, Governor ordered an across-the-board, $145-million cut in the state's education budget to combat a shortfall. In fiscal 1991, Governor ordered a 3.72 percent proration in January and a 6.5 percent reduction in May.
  • Figure for total state budget includes earmarked funds that the state does not break down by source. The monies include federal and local funds as well as state revenues.


Governor: Roy Romer (D)

FY 1992 state budget: $2.68 billion
FY 1992 K-12 budget: $1.10 billion
FY 1991 K-12 budget: $1.04 billion
Percent change K-12 budget: + G. 2 percent


  • After a two-month special session, legislature approved and Governor signed school-finance compromise aimed at reducing projected education-funding shortfall of $350 million for next year. Plan trimmed scheduled funding increases and lowered inflation adjustment from 3 percent to 1 percent for the first half of 1992.
  • Legislature declined to increase taxes for schools as urged by the Governor and education groups.

Vol. 11, Issue 15, Page 21

Published in Print: December 11, 1991, as Legislative Update
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