Deputy attorney general says opinion seeks balance that supports correspondence schools without supplanting public schools.
Stacey Graham, now 40, swerved off a South Anchorage road and killed Jordyn Durr and Brooke McPheters, both 15, as they were walking on the sidewalk.
Attorneys from Ahtna Inc. believe state arguments may overturn Katie John precedent.
Some correspondence schools have been reimbursing families for private school classes under a law enacted in 2014, but the Alaska Constitution says the state can’t pay public funds to any religious or otherwise private educational institution.
“Alaska took a gargantuan step forward in updating our laws,” said John Skidmore, deputy attorney general for the Criminal Division of the Alaska Department of Law.
Earlier this month, the Guardian identified assistant attorney general Matthias Cicotte as the person behind an anonymous account posting racist material on social media.
While the account used a pseudonym, the researchers found a trail of evidence regarding Matthias Cicotte’s identity, including photos matching his house’s interior.
Some lawmakers are now asking whether the 2007 ethics reforms need to be updated again to more effectively guard against conflicts of interest.
The state of Alaska is suing manufacturers of a pair of the toxic PFAS compounds that have contaminated groundwater across the state. The lawsuit filed Wednesday names chemical giants 3M, Dupont and others.
The lawsuit comes about two months after Democratic President Joe Biden hit pause on any new leases for oil and gas development on federal lands and waters including Alaska’s Cook Inlet and National Petroleum Reserve.