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For Immediate Release: March 29, 2021

Alaska Senate Passes Bill Extending Sunset Date for SESA

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JUNEAU – The Alaska Senate passed Senate Bill 19 unanimously today, extending the Special Education Service Agency’s (SESA) sunset date to June 30, 2029. 

“This agency provides a very impressive, valuable public service to Alaska students, families and teachers,” said Senator Gary Stevens, R-Kodiak. “They offer expert assistance for children who have rare or complex disabilities. As a former school board president, I know the importance of the services they provide to students across the state.”  

SESA was formed in 1986 to help assist Alaska school districts who have students with low incidence disabilities at no cost to school districts. The agency provides outreach services, special education support and training and more for over 200 students at 45 school districts. 

Without the extension, SESA would be discontinued on July 1, 2021.  

SB 19 passed the Senate with a 15-0 vote. It is now on its way to the House of Representatives for consideration. 

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Media Contact: 
Malia Barto 
Alaska Senate Majority 
Malia.Barto@akleg.gov 
(907) 465-3990 

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