Dunleavy lays out case for amendment

An Alaska senator who has proposed a constitutional change that could impact education says he does not support direct funding for religious or private schools.

Sen. Mike Dunleavy says he supports the public education system. But he says his goal with SJR9 is to clarify that funds used for learning plans for students attending correspondence schools can be used for classes or tutoring through private or religious schools.

He says that’s happening now but he says children could be left in a bind if that practice were challenged.

The state constitution says public money has to be used for a public purpose. Proposals in the House and Senate seek to change the constitution, to allow for money to be used for private or religious schools.