Legislative Update

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


Phil Batt (R)

FY 1998 state budget:
$1.4 billion

FY 1998 K-12 budget:
$705 million

FY 1997 K-12 budget:
$689 million

Percent change K-12 budget:
+2.3 percent

Estimated enrollment:


  • Legislature has earmarked $10.4 million for improving school technology, including a one-time expenditure of $7 million.
  • Under umbrella designation "Building Student Successes," budget also includes $2.25 million for limited-English-proficiency programs; $500,000 for testing; and $1 million for reading improvement, half for phonics training for teachers and half for Reading Recovery.
  • State will continue to spend $4.75 million in tobacco-tax revenues on substance-abuse education ($7 million) and the department of juvenile corrections.


Parris N. Glendening (D)

FY 1998 state budget:
$7.79 billion

FY 1998 K-12 budget:
$2.62 billion

FY 1997 K-12 budget:
$2.47 billion

Percent change K-12 budget:
+6.0 percent

Estimated enrollment:


  • Despite approval of a 10 percent income-tax cut that will result in a $38 million revenue loss in fiscal 1998, the budget includes an $87 million increase in the K-12 funding formula to cover increased school enrollment, teacher salaries, textbook purchases, and school operating costs.
  • Budget also includes $23 million in funds for school construction and repairs to aging schools.
  • Under new legislation, Baltimore school district won $30 million in first installment of a five-year, $254 million deal to bolster school performance. Measure also gives state a bigger say in district governance. Under deal, mayor and governor will appoint new school board.
  • Budget also adds more than $20 million for early-childhood, teacher-mentoring, gifted-and-talented, and magnet programs.


Jim Geringer (R)

FY 1997-98 state budget:
$3.44 billion

FY 1997-98 K-12 budget:
$124.1 million

FY 1995-96 K-12 budget:
$127.7 million

Percent change K-12 budget:
-0.28 percent

Estimated enrollment:


  • Legislature approved $10 million special allocation, included in K-12 budget, for school district operations.
  • Lawmakers plan to convene in special session in May to review new school finance system. New system was created after state's highest court ordered old system overhauled in 1995.

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