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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 Supports Resolution Urging for UA Federal Land Grant

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Senator Gary Stevens

Alaska Senate Passes Bill Establishing Middle College Program

JUNEAU – The Alaska Senate today unanimously passed legislation expanding access to college coursework for public high school students.  Full Story >>

Senator Gary Stevens

Alaska Senate Passes Bill Extending Sunset Date for SESA

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

Senator Click Bishop

PFD Education Raffle Contributions Up in 2nd Year of Program

Raffle winners will be announced today at 2:00 p.m.  Full Story >>

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 >>

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