The following are summaries of final actions by legislatures on education-related matters.
Governor: Fife Symington (R)
FY 1994 state budget: $3.7 billion
FY 1994 K-12 budget: $1.44 billion
FY 1993 K-12 budget: $1.38 billion
Percent change K-12 budget: +4 percent
- Legislature failed for the second consecutive year to adopt a
package of reform bills recommended by the Governor's education task
- Finance measure for the first time requires districts
participating in voluntary career-ladder program to shoulder
one-third of program's costs.
- Lawmakers failed to approve an inflation factor in school budget, effectively cutting per-pupil expenditures by $15.
Governor: Lawton Chiles (D)
FY 1994 state budget: $13.2 billion
FY 1994 K-12 budget: $5.45 billion
FY 1993 K-12 budget: $4.95 billion
Percent change K-12 budget: +9 percent
- Legislature approved $55 million from general fund and lottery
for public school technology enhancement.
- Legislature guaranteed 2.94 percent increase per weighted
- Governor's proposal to remove sales-tax exemptions to fund eduction and other services did not pass legislature.
Governor: Mario M. Cuomo (D)
FY 1994 state budget: $32.1 billion
FY 1994 K-12 budget: $8.88 billion
FY 1993 K-12 budget: $8.55 billion
Percent change K-12 budget: +3.8 percent
- Legislature revamped funding formula to use poverty,
non-English-speaking students, and rural sparsity as factors for
determining extra aid.
- Budget approved by legislature added $330 million to education
- Governor proposing legislation that would place tighter controls
on boards of cooperative educational services, which deliver services
to regions, after reports surfaced about a superintendent who retired
last fall with a retirement package of nearly $1 million.
- State board of regents has approved pilot program of compulsory
work experience for high school students.
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