The following are summaries of governors' budgets for precollegiate education and highlights of proposals that rank high on the states' education agendas.
Governor: Thomas R. Carper (D)
FY 1994 proposed state budget: $1.29 billion
FY 1994 proposed K-12 budget: $452 million
FY 1993 K-12 budget: $438 million
Percent change K-12 budget: +3 percent
- Governor has proposed legislation to change composition of state
board of education and remove prior-experience
- Also introduced legislation calling for new programs for infants
and toddlers, including special education, health services, and
- Legislature considering bill that would require districts to report to police anyone possessing a weapon within 1,000 feet of school property. Another bill would bar a student expelled from one district from being accepted into another for the duration of the year.
Governor: Steve Merrill (R)
FY 1994 proposed state budget: $789.2 million
FY 1994 proposed K-12 budget: $42.2 million
FY 1993 K-12 budget: $39.4 million
Percent change K-12 budget: +7 percent
- Governor's proposed budget includes $426,000 for developing new
performance-based assessments for students in grades 3, 6, and
- Governor has called for public schools to become "equipped to
compete effectively with our private school system'' and has
advocated developing a system of private school choice.
- Governor has stated that he will fight any legislative attempt to reduce the power of the state board of education, which came under fire from educators last fall when it recommended that many statewide mininum standards for local school operations be eliminated.
Governor: James B. Hunt Jr. (D)
FY 1994 proposed state budget: $15.3 billion
FY 1994 proposed K-12 budget: $3.9 billion
FY 1993 K-12 budget: $3.7 billion
Percent change K-12 budget: +5.4 percent
- Governor has introduced a bill to establish a commission to raise
standards and accountability in public schools. Also has announced
plan to offer unconditional guarantee by 2000 to employers so that if
students do not meet standards, schools will retrain them.
- Legislature considering a measure to increase the number of members of the state board of education and give it authority to select the state superintendent of education, who currently is elected.
Governor: George V. Voinovich (R)
FY 1994 proposed state budget: $11.8 billion
FY 1994 proposed K-12 budget: $3.93 billion
FY 1993 K-12 budget: $3.79 billion
Percent change K-12 budget: +3.7 percent
- Budget recommendation includes $640 million in proceeds from Ohio
lottery, a $5 million increase from fiscal 1993.
- Governor's budget plan includes a comprehensive school-reform
plan calling for performance standards for teachers, students, and
schools, as well as $135 million over two years to decrease
- A state task force is finalizing outcome measures that would define the state's goals for student and teacher performance.
Governor: Barbara Roberts (D)
FY 1993-95 proposed state budget: $6.29 billion
FY 1993-95 proposed K-12 budget: $3.17 billion
FY 1991-93 K-12 budget: $1.91 billion
Percent change K-12 budget: +66.4 percent
- Increase reflects implementation of Measure 5, a
property-tax-limitation law approved by voters in 1990 that requires
the state to reimburse districts for revenues lost as a result of
lower property taxes during the initiative's five-year
- Governor estimated the combination of the state's existing basic
school support, Measure 5 replacement funds, and lower local taxes
will fund schools at 90.4 percent of current program levels, thus
creating a cut of about 9.6 percent in the new budget.
- Budget allocates some state lottery monies to support education-reform and workforce-development initiatives, including student testing related to state's comprehensive education-reform act and distance-learning courses in applied math, science, technology, and communications.
Vol. 12, Issue 31