Legislative Update

Article Tools
  • PrintPrinter-Friendly
  • EmailEmail Article
  • ReprintReprints
  • CommentsComments

The following are summaries of final action by legislatures on state education budgets and other education-related matters.


Governor: Tom Ridge (R)

FY 1996 state budget: $16.1 billion
FY 1996 K-12 budget: $5.63 billion
FY 1995 K-12 budget: $5.38 billion
Percent change K-12 budget: +4.7 percent


  • The legislature did not pass the governor's education package, including a plan to help pay private school tuition.
  • All districts received at least a 1 percent increase in basic aid.
  • The special-education funding formula was changed, resulting in a 33 percent cut for the Philadelphia and Pittsburgh districts.


Governor: Tommy G. Thompson (R)

FY 1995-97 state budget: $17.39 billion
FY 1995-97 K-12 budget: $6.33 billion
FY 1993-95 K-12 budget: $4.69 billion
Percent change K-12 budget: +35 percent


  • The substantial increase in the biennial education budget reflects a change in the state-aid formula to provide property-tax relief. The state share of school funding is to increase to two-thirds, from about half.
  • Lawmakers approved the governor's proposal to expand the Milwaukee voucher program to include religious schools; the state supreme court has blocked the expansion pending consideration of a suit challenging the law.
  • The legislature also approved the Governor's proposal to scrap the state education department and create a new, cabinet-level agency headed by a gubernatorial appointee.

Vol. 15, Issue 01

Notice: We recently upgraded our comments. (Learn more here.) If you are logged in as a subscriber or registered user and already have a Display Name on edweek.org, you can post comments. If you do not already have a Display Name, please create one here.
Ground Rules for Posting
We encourage lively debate, but please be respectful of others. Profanity and personal attacks are prohibited. By commenting, you are agreeing to abide by our user agreement.
All comments are public.

Back to Top Back to Top

Most Popular Stories