The following are summaries of final action by legislatures on education-related matters.
Governor: Edward T. Schafer (R)
FY 1993-95 biennial state budget: $1.25 billion
FY 1993-95 biennial K-12 budget: $468.3 million
FY 1991-93 biennial K-12 budget: $449.1 million
Percent change K-12 budget: +4.3 percent
- Legislature minimally funded an incentive program for cooperation
and consolidation among rural schools.
- Also curbed the ability of counties, school districts, and
townships to levy local property taxes by limiting increase to no
more than 3 percent in the first year and 2 percent in the year after
- State court struck down state school-finance system, but legislature did not address the issue pending an appeal of the case to the supreme court.
Governor: Mike Lowry (D)
FY 1993-95 biennial state budget: $16.8 billion
FY 1993-95 biennial K-12 budget: $7.75 billion
FY 1991-93 biennial K-12 budget: $7.29 billion
Percent change K-12 budget: +6 percent
- As passed by legislature, education budget includes $58 million
for a new performance-based education system, which creates statewide
learning goals and gives significant authority to schools.
- FairStart counseling program for schools was eliminated and a
block-grant program for school districts was reduced by 24
- Allocation to schools for administrative staff was cut by $40 million statewide, representing a 10 percent reduction for each district.
Governor: Mike Sullivan (D)
FY 1994 state budget: $806 million
FY 1994 K-12 budget: $507 million
FY 1993 K-12 budget: $499 million
Percent change K-12 budget: +1.6 percent
- Legislature approved bill giving policymaking autonomy to the
state's teacher-standards board.
- Also cleared legislation requiring school districts to give
reasons for firing non-tenured teachers.
- K-12 budget includes some funds from state operating budget, as
well as substantial revenues from other sources, including federal
mining royalties and severance taxes.
- Education budget includes $1,500 increase in the classroom unit,
a funding figure based on enrollment and district facilities.
Vol. 12, Issue 34