Education remains a hot topic in Juneau


by Your Alaska Link News Team

JUNEAU - A huge day for education Wednesday as the bill that could allow private school vouchers moved out of it's last committee hearing.

The next stop is the senate floor, a move that Anchorage senator Bill Wielechowski says has been speedy.

"its moving quick this session it was around last session and we had a lot of testimony on it a lot of discussion on it," He said.

If passed; residents would be able to send their children to religious schools and have the state pay for it.

Wielechowski says when it reaches the floor there will be a lengthy debate. 

"i think education is certainly a big big issue...the gas line remains a big issue, " said Wielechowski.

Right now the governor's proposal is expected to move out of the senate and a group of senators have requested that it's next stop be the judiciary committee.

"you know it is such an incredibly complex issue that you need an unbiased world class consultant. So there is a group of senators that have asked for consultants so we can understand what were getting into. "

He says the proposal brings the state enormous stakes that could bankrupt the state which is why he says it's important to make sure all bases are covered before any decisions are made.

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