The following is a summary of states' final school budgets for fiscal 2000 and highlights of education-related action in legislatures. The totals for K-12 education include money for state education administration, but do not include federal, flow-through dollars.
Governor: Roy Barnes (D)
FY 2000 state budget: $13.29 billion
FY 2000 K-12 budget: $5.28 billion
FY 1999 K-12 budget: $4.75 billion
Percent change K-12 budget: +11.2 percent
Estimated enrollment: 1.4 million
- Continuing a pattern set by former Gov. Zell Miller, first-term Gov. Barnes proposed and legislature approved 4 percent increase in base salary for teachers and 3 percent pay increase for bus drivers and lunchroom workers, for total of $147 million.
- State Superintendent Linda C. Schrenko's Reading First program received funding boost of almost 50 percent, to total of $13.9 million. The phonics-based program for early grades is now being used in 601 elementary schools.
- Georgia's pre-K program, supported by state lottery money, will receive 3.2 percent funding increase, to $224.8 million in fiscal 2000, allowing it to serve another 1,500 children.
Governor: Dirk Kempthorne (R)
FY 2000 state budget: $1.67 billion
FY 2000 K-12 budget: $821.1 million
FY 1999 K-12 budget: $796.36 million
Percent change K-12 budget: +3.1 percent
Estimated enrollment: 247,000
- Legislature approved spending $4.4 million on new literacy initiative for the grades K-3.
- Fiscal 2000 budget allocates $750,000 to expand program for limited-English-proficient students.
- Budget also provides $200,000 to study need for improvement of public school facilities statewide.
Governor: Marc Racicot (R)
FY 2000 state budget: $1.09 billion
FY 2000 K-12 budget: $474.3 million
FY 1999 K-12 budget: $469.6 million
Percent change K-12 budget: +1 percent
Estimated enrollment: 159,990
- While Gov. Racicot had requested $1.3 million for upcoming fiscal 2000-01 biennial budget for Improving Montana's Schools program, legislature approved only $790,267. That money will be used to continue development of state academic standards and assessment. Legislature approved total of $953.9 million for K-12 education in new biennial budget.
- Lawmakers approved spending of up to $15,000 annually in fiscal 2000 and 2001 to award bonuses of $3,000 to teachers who receive voluntary certification through National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. Five teachers--Montana's first to receive national certification--are expected to quality for bonuses in 1999.
- Jobs for Montana's Graduates program, a school-to-work program for 9th through 12th graders, received $828,000 for biennium--or $414,000 for each of the next two fiscal years. That represents $560,000 increase over funding in current fiscal 1998-99 biennium.
Governor: James S. Gilmore III (R)
FY 2000 state budget: $10.9 billion
FY 2000 K-12 budget: $3.7 billion
FY 1999 K-12 budget: $3.4 billion
Percent change K-12 budget: +8.8 percent
Estimated enrollment: 1.1 million
- Gov. Gilmore signed budget that includes 6 percent increase--a total hike of $112 million--in teachers' salaries in fiscal 2000.
- Budget also includes $3.2 million over next two years to open five additional Best Practice Centers to help districts analyze data from state tests and share curriculum ideas.
- Final budget also will dedicate all future state lottery profits--an estimated $276 million over next two yearsto basic aid to public schools. Part of lottery money could be used to construct and refurbish school buildings.
Vol. 18, Issue 39, Page 17Published in Print: May 26, 1999, as Legislative Update