House, Senate differ on education funding

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) The house voted 22-18 to increase the base student allocation by $100 per student.

    The Senate plan could add $30 million toward education in 2020 but only if Gov. Bill Walker signs a law that draws earnings from the Alaska Permanent Fund to pay for state government.

    Rep. Dan Saddler said he would like to see more accountability for the large investment Alaska makes in public education, "If you have an unsound vessel that is leaking water, the solution is not to pour in more water faster but seek to find out what those leaks are and repair them, so the water you put in accomplishes its intended use."

    The house would increase funding by $25 million in 2019.

    Rep. Tiffany Zulkosky said she gained a lot of confidence from the support and advice teachers have given her, "In the last several years, districts have done their fair share in reducing budgets.  Without a somewhat meaningful increase in funding schools will have to make cuts that negatively impact student learning."





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