State of the States (2007)
Follow Education Week’s comprehensive coverage of all 2007 State of the State Addresses as the nation’s governors outline their ideas on education and other legislative priorities. All stories include a complete transcript of the governor’s address, some also include audio and video versions.
States Ohio Governor Proposes Ending ‘EdChoice’ Vouchers
Eliminating the program would cut out "wastefulness and giveaways," according to Gov. Ted Strickland.
School & District Management Florida Governor Seeking to Boost Performance Pay
In his first State of the State address, Florida Gov. Charlie Crist pushed for additional funds to expand a program that is under fire in the legislature and in court.
Education State of the States Illinois Governor Recommends Overhaul of State’s Tax System
Gov. Rod Blagojevich predicts the move would pour billions of dollars in new revenue into Illinois schools.
Education State of the States Governor in Alabama Highlights Education
Gov. Bob Riley is asking the state legislature to support an expansion of his reading, mathematics, and online-learning efforts.
States State of the States N.C. Governor Seeking Expanded College Plan
Students could take college courses, and even earn associate’s degrees, while completing their high school studies.
States Michigan Governor Pushing Scholarship Expansion
Under the proposed plan, a portion of property-tax revenue would go to communities that already have committed substantial money to scholarships.
States State of the States Texas Governor’s Education Plan Boosts Pre-K to College Funding
Rick Perry's proposed 2008-2009 biennial budget would add $80 million to the state’s pre-K program for “at risk,” or low-income, youngsters.
States State of the States Hike in Tennessee Cigarette Tax Would Fund Education Program
In his fifth State of the State address, Gov. Phil Bredesen pledged to use the proposed cigarette-tax increase to provide $120 million to schools that serve many children deemed at risk of school failure.
States State of the States Keystone State to Weigh Hikes for Preschool and High School
Pennsylvania Gov. Edward G. Rendell has proposed a $9.3 billion pre-K-12 education budget, a 5.8 percent hike from the amount spent in fiscal 2007.
States State of the States Oklahoma Governor Promotes Expanded Preschool Education
Gov. Brad Henry has asked for $15 million in the fiscal 2008 budget for a pilot program to expand preschool to 3-year-olds, according to Paul Sund, the governor’s communications director.
States State of the States Mathematics Tops the Agenda for Kentucky’s Chief Executive
Gov. Ernie Fletcher proposed an extra $7 million for the state’s Math Achievement Fund.
States State of the States School Funding Made Connecticut Priority
Gov. M. Jodi Rell recommended $3.4 billion in additional state spending on schools over the next five years.
States Maryland Governor Seeks $1 Billion More for Schools
Gov. Martin O’Malley's education agenda calls for increased funds, but few new initiatives.
States State of the States Higher Education at Forefront of Wisconsin Education Plan
Wisconsin Gov. James E. Doyle calling on lawmakers to “make Wisconsin a place where anyone who is willing to roll up their sleeves and work hard … can afford to get an education.”