Education bill rewrite leaves some frustrated

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by Your Alaska Link News Team

Few legislators seemed completely satisfied with the broad-ranging education that passed the state House after hours of debate Monday.

The bill, HB278, underwent significant changes on the floor. Representatives added $30 million in spending for schools and severed from the bill a plan to address the teachers' retirement system.

The bill included elements related to charter schools, teacher tenure and a call for state recommendations on salary and benefits for districts.

It bore a glancing resemblance to the bill Gov. Sean Parnell originally introduced to bring changes to the state's education system.

Education Commissioner Mike Hanley said he would seek changes in the Senate to address residential school stipends and repealing the high school graduation exam. He said the bill doesn't represent significant reforms but steps in the right direction.