The following is a summary of the fiscal 2001 state budget for schools and highlights of final education-related action in the legislature. The figures for the state budget and for precollegiate education spending include money for state education administration, but not federal, flow-through dollars. The percentage change is based on rounded numbers, and estimated enrollment reflects the state’s public school enrollment for 2000-01.
Governor: John Engler (R)
FY 2001 state budget: $36.80 billion
FY 2001 pre-K-12 budget: $10.83 billion
FY 2000 pre-K-12 budget: $10.03 billion
Percent change pre-K-12budget: +8.0 percent
Estimated pre-K-12 enrollment: 1.71 million
- During 2000 legislative session expected to adjourn this week, lawmakers approved budget covering fiscal years 2000, 2001, 2002, and 2003, with minimum state grant to school districts of $6,000 per pupil in fiscal year that began Oct. 1, $6,500 in fiscal 2002, and $6,700 in fiscal 2003. Spending package includes supplemental appropriations for fiscal years 2000 and 2001 and full budgets for 2002 and 2003.
•Multiyear budget provides more than $850 million over four years for programs geared to young children, including those designed to bolster parenting skills, improve school readiness, lower retention rates, and reduce enrollment in special education.
In a new effort, budget allocates $9.6 million for first year of school rewards for elementary schools with best or most improved scores on state tests.
A version of this article appeared in the December 13, 2000 edition of Education Week as Legislative Update