Strong tax revenues and the first year of financial settlements in the national tobacco lawsuit will enable most states to increase education spending well above inflation this year. Preliminary figures suggest that K-12 spending will rise by 7.0 percent this year, roughly the same annual rate it has recorded since 1995, according to a report from the National Governors’ Association (NGA).

Pay raises for teachers are a focus in many states. Right behind that are the purchase of computer equipment, wiring of classrooms for the internet, and training of educators in technology education. Technology training is considered part of the overall issue of teacher quality, so it will receive further momentum from interest in that arena, added Dane Linn, NGA’s director of education policy studies.