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Educate and Train Alaskans for the Future of Our State

Update 5/1/19: The Senate early funded education in 2019 and fully funded K-12 again for 2020, despite reducing the overall budget.

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.

Senate Bills Focused on improving Education

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Senator Gary Stevens

Sen. Stevens: Thanking our Teachers

Senator Click Bishop

Sen. Bishop: PFD Education Raffle Amount

Senator Gary Stevens

Sen. Stevens Defends Public Education

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Senator Lyman Hoffman

USDA Awards Grant for Rural School Broadband

BETHEL – Today, the United States Department of Agriculture Rural Utility Service Program announced they are awarding a $25 million grant to GCI to build fiber optic broadband through...  Full Story >>

Senator Gary Stevens

State Senators Thank UA President Johnsen for His Service

ANCHORAGE – Members of the Alaska Senate today issued the following statements after hearing news of University of Alaska President Jim Johnsen’s resignation....  Full Story >>

Senator Cathy Giessel

Statement from Sen. Giessel on Alaska Reads Act

JUNEAU – Senate President Cathy Giessel today released the following statement on the Alaska Reads Act, a new statewide early education and K-3 reading program by Governor Mike...  Full Story >>

Senator Gary Stevens

Sen. Gary Stevens Comments on Release of $20 Million Grant to Schools

JUNEAU – With about three weeks remaining in the 2019 fiscal year, the Dunleavy administration this week distributed a one-time $20 million grant appropriated last year by the Alaska...  Full Story >>

Senator Click Bishop

PFD Raffle for Education Raises Nearly $1 million

The numbers are in for the 2019 Alaska Permanent Fund Education Raffle. The program, in its first year, raised a grand total of $976,400, with 85 percent of the proceeds directly benefiting...  Full Story >>

Senator Mia Costello

Early Funding for Education Guaranteed under New Proposal

JUNEAU – Today, a constitutional amendment was introduced in the Alaska Senate to require early-funding for Alaska’s K-12 public education system.  Full Story >>

Senator Click Bishop

Bishop introduces bill to re-establish education head tax

With many in Juneau anticipating budget cuts Wednesday from the governor, a legislator has introduced a bill to establish a $30 education head tax to help raise money for school...  Full Story >>

Senator Peter Micciche

Schools Gain New Tool to Fill Vacancies

Today Governor signed a bill allowing school districts to temporarily fill vacancies with qualified retired teachers.  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 >>

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