Alaskans who showed up or called in to testify were overwhelmingly and vehemently opposed to the bill.
The state Senate’s budget plan drops the Base Student Allocation by $300 per student, from the current level of $5,930.
After absorbing over $50 million dollars in budget cuts over the last two years, University President Jim Johnsen and the Board of Regents are in the process of consolidating the university’s administration through what they call the “Strategic Pathways” program. Johnsen addressed issues with the university faculty this morning at a meeting of the Senate Education Committee.
Gov. Sean Parnell said the exit exam every high schooler must pass to get their diploma is “obsolete” and unnecessary given that the state has new standards.
State lawmakers have pre-filed more than 50 bills in advance of the legislative session.
The chairman of the Senate Education Committee is speaking out on last week’s decision to pull from his committee a proposed constitutional amendment that would let public money be used for private schools.