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Educate and Train Alaskans for the Future of Our State

No one questions that education is a smart investment for the future of each student and our state as a whole. Our members hold a diverse portfolio of convictions on the best course to chart for Alaska's educational future.

As the Senate Majority we focus on accountability and standards, making sure that Alaska's educational dollars are being used to the greatest effect in the classroom.

We promote opportunity and choice for Alaska's parents and students – empowering students to pursue learning in different ways, whether in traditional classroom settings or in a charter school environment.

Since 2015, the State of Alaska has been challenged by a devastating drop in revenue. While cutting some departments by more than 30%, education funding has been held harmless. In an environment of scarce resources, the Senate Majority's focus has been finding revenue neutral ways to encourage excellence in education.

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Senator Anna MacKinnon

Legislature Votes to Reform School Curriculum

JUNEAU – The Alaska Legislature today passed legislation providing students across Alaska access to the best curriculum in the world.  Full Story >>

Senator Peter Micciche

Legislature Provides School Districts with Tool to Fill Vacancies

JUNEAU – The Alaska Legislature this week passed a bill allowing school districts to temporarily fill vacancies with qualified retired teachers.  Full Story >>

Senator Lyman Hoffman

Bill to Early Fund Education Signed into Law

JUNEAU – Today, a bill to early fund education was signed into law by Gov. Bill Walker.  Full Story >>

Senator Natasha von Imhof

Legislature Helps Schools Save Money through Consolidation

JUNEAU – The Alaska Legislature today passed a bill to help school districts save money by removing a roadblock in the way of school consolidation.  Full Story >>

Senator Lyman Hoffman

Senate Expands Access to Virtual Education for Alaska Students

JUNEAU – The Alaska Senate today passed a bill to boost the minimum Internet speed for Alaska’s K-12 students, expanding access to virtual education across the state....  Full Story >>

Senator Anna MacKinnon

Senate Advances Series of Bills to Improve Education in Alaska

JUNEAU – In the midst of declining test scores and school enrollment, rising healthcare costs, and struggles with teacher retention and morale, the Alaska Senate today advanced a...  Full Story >>

Senator Lyman Hoffman

Senate Finance Moves Forward on Early Funding for Education

JUNEAU – Members of the Senate Finance Committee today moved forward on a plan to early fund education.  Full Story >>

Senator Click Bishop

PFD Raffle to Fund Education Passes Senate

JUNEAU – By a vote of 19-1, the Alaska State Senate today approved Senate Bill 78, a bill that would allow Alaskans to voluntarily sign-up for a raffle to fund education – and possibly win...  Full Story >>

Senator Anna MacKinnon

Trio of New Bills Focused on Improving K-12 Education

JUNEAU – A trio of bills introduced in the Alaska State Senate today would improve educational outcomes for students by establishing innovation grants, boosting broadband capacity,...  Full Story >>

Senator Click Bishop

Sen. Bishop Unveils Permanent Fund Education Lottery

JUNEAU – Sen. Click Bishop (R-Fairbanks) introduced a bill today that would allow Alaskans to voluntarily sign up for a lottery to fund education – and possibly win big money – when...  Full Story >>

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