A pack of 18 youths walked the halls of the state Capitol on Wednesday in a silent demonstration asking for more education funding.
Most of the legislators, staffers and lobbyists they encountered in the narrow hallways and stairwells made way, watched for a few moments, and then went back to business as usual.
The youths held signs that said, “WE ARE THE FUTURE” and “BSA 400-125-125.”
“BSA” means “base student allocation.” It’s the $5,680 the state of Alaska annually pays public schools per pupil, plus or minus a number of adjustments.
Bridget Galvin, a junior at Steller Secondary School in Anchorage, organized the demonstration.
“I took a few days to come down here and talk with different legislators and make sure students have a voice in this issue,” Galvin said.
Galvin and the group she founded, Students With a Voice, want the BSA to increase by $400 this year, followed by two annual increases of $125.
- Juneau police reported five people injured in a four-vehicle accident on Egan Drive at Fred Meyer.
- A state economist said the oil and gas industry is shrinking fast, but it could bottom out soon.
- Tlingit battle helmets were designed to inspire fear. The thick, wooden head armor carried imagery of strong warriors, fierce animals or revered ancestors.
- After loss of tax credit payments from the state and construction delays, a Cook Inlet oil company asks for help.