The following are summaries of final actions by legislatures on education-related matters.
Governor: William Donald Schaefer (D)
FY 1993 state budget: $12.5 billion
FY 1993 K-12 budget: $1.42 billion
FY 1992 K-12 budget: $1.23 billion
Percent change K-12 budget: +13 percent
- Legislature avoided a "doomsday budget'' calling for severe cuts in state programs by adopting the largest tax package in state history.
- Budget includes $184-million increase in education-funding formula. Increase is more than offset, however, by reductions in general aid to counties, which heavily funds education.
Governor: Mike Sullivan (D)
FY 1993-94 state budget: $779.4 million
FY 1993 K-12 budget: $490.8 million
FY 1992 K-12 budget: $483.8 million
Percent change K-12 budget: +1.4 percent
- Figure for 1993-94 state budget does not include separately funded K-12 budget.
- Governor allowed school-finance measure to become law without his signature because of objections to single-year funding in the face of a projected $70-million deficit for the 1993-94 K-12 budget.
- $10 million in seed funds for education trust fund, one of several state goals for education adopted last year, was transferred to the general-education fund for one-time use. Water and highway funds were also used for one-time education funding.
- State goal of class-size reduction in grades K-4 halted for lack of funds.
- Legislature approved a $1,500 increase in the classroom-unit
value in order to maintain a five-year plan to phase
vocational-education spending into regular classroom funding.
Vol. 11, Issue 33