Most Dunleavy Cuts Held at Bay in First Day of House Finance Amendments

House Finance voted to keep forward-funding of public education, but it voted to cut all school bond debt reimbursement.

Bill Would Extend Moratorium on New School Construction Reimbursement

“I’m likely to support this bill, but I want it clear that I do it with sadness because I think there’s been a lack of resolve since 2015 to have a comprehensive fiscal plan,” Rep. Andy Josephson (D-Anchorage) said.

Budget Substitute Forward-Funds Education, Doesn’t Address PFD

House Finance undid most of Dunleavy's structural changes to the budget, making it more transparent, according to Legislative Finance.

Teachers Say Constitutional Amendment Would Improve Retention, Student Outcomes

Teachers came prepared to talk about budget uncertainty and teacher retention. But Sen. Chris Birch wanted to talk about unions.

Senators Concerned Education Cuts Will Raise Local Taxes, Violate Laws

Senators' concerns range from the constitutionality of the education cuts to the resulting increase in local taxes. The administration's claims that the budget doesn't raise taxes are "not a fact," they say.

Senate Briefed on Recent Loss of UAA Education Program Accreditation

UAA's School of Education lost accreditation for its largest programs. UA President Jim Johnsen called it "a fundamental failure." A long-term fix has not been identified.

Senate Democrats Have Harsh Words for Dunleavy and Arduin Over Supplemental Budget

Senate Democrats say Gov. Dunleavy is breaking a promise with his proposed $23 million cut to education, but his OMB director is "the one with the hatchet."

Governor Proposes $23 million in Education Cuts for Current Fiscal Year

Proposed $23 million cuts to education have surprised legislators and school districts alike. Additional cuts to VPSOs undermine Gov. Dunleavy's public safety message.

Gov. Dunleavy Embraces Populist Approach in First State of the State Address

Gov. Michael J. Dunleavy was tough on crime, heavy on populist rhetoric, and skipped education altogether in his first State of the State address.
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