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."
David Teal speculated that, despite messaging, the deep cuts in Dunleavy's budget could be a deliberate attempt to get people to accept smaller PFDs.
House Finance voted to keep forward-funding of public education, but it voted to cut all school bond debt reimbursement.
Sixty percent of teachers cut. Property tax increases of 33 percent. Nearly 30 Kindergarteners per classroom. These are some of the options school districts are considering to deal with education cuts in Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s FY 2020 budget.
A new committee substitute adopted Monday preserves K-12 funding and school bond debt reimbursement. The House sought to cut the latter by 50 percent.
Rural school board members told senators that they have cut everything that they can. Students said it's affecting their lives.
House Finance undid most of Dunleavy's structural changes to the budget, making it more transparent, according to Legislative Finance.
Subcommittees restored $700 million for Medicaid and $134 million for the University, while asserting their rights as the appropriating branch of government.
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.
School districts and municipalities should budget for the full financial burden of new school construction projects at least through 2025.
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