The following are summaries of governors' budget requests for precollegiate education and highlights of proposals that rank high on the states' education agendas.
Governor: Pete Wilson (R)
FY 1995 proposed state budget: $38.8 billion
FY 1995 proposed K-12 budget: $15.8 billion
FY 1994 K-12 budget: $14.6 billion
Percent change K-12 budget: +8.2 percent
- Budget request includes $500 million in anticipation of an
expected enrollment increase of 140,000, and would aim to hold
per-pupil funding steady as the state begins to bear a larger share
of overall school funding.
- Governor earmarked $20 million in new funding for school-safety
programs, focusing on alternative programs for disruptive
- Budget also seeks a $25 million increase to expand preschool and child-care efforts; $20 million to nearly double the Healthy Start program; and $10 million in new funds to double the mental-health services offered through schools.
Governor: Cecil D. Andrus (D)
FY 1995 proposed state budget: $1.3 billion
FY 1995 proposed K-12 budget: $635.3 million
FY 1994 K-12 budget: $528 million
Percent change K-12 budget: +20 percent
- Governor has proposed devoting 80 percent of new revenues
generated by state's growing economy to education, which would result
in a $107.3 million increase in K-12 appropriations over last
- Proposed increase includes $16.6 million to raise teacher
salaries in the lowest-paying districts, and $16.6 million for a 2.5
percent salary increase for all public school employees.
- New monies would also go toward reducing class sizes and covering costs associated with rising enrollment.
Governor: William F. Weld (R)
FY 1995 proposed state budget: $16.1 billion
FY 1995 proposed K-12 budget: $1.68 billion
FY 1994 K-12 budget: $1.46 billion
Percent change K-12 budget: +15 percent
- Budget reflects $214 million in additional funds for
education-reform package, enacted last year, that includes charter
schools and expansion of public-school-choice programs.
- Governor proposing $7.7 million increase to repair school
- Budget also calls for bolstering juvenile-offenders'
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