Fuhrer wants increase in education funding

The president of a major teachers’ union in Alaska says the state’s public education system needs more funding if goals, like the governor’s 90 percent graduation rate, are to be met.

Ron Fuhrer, with NEA-Alaska, says the state is “starving Alaska students.”

The union wants an increase in the base student allocation, or formula guaranteeing districts a certain amount of cash per student. A group of House Democrats introduced legislation Wednesday that would increase the allocation and have it adjusted annually for inflation.

Gov. Sean Parnell has said there have been “record increases” in education funding over the last five years, while graduation rates remain below 70 percent. He says Alaska can do better and that will take more money. But he says that money needs to buy results.

 

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