Gov: $200 hike in student formula over 3 years


by Whitney LB Miller
by written story: Associated Press

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - Gov. Sean Parnell's education proposal would increase the per-pupil funding formula by about $200 over current levels over three years, a level that critics say is insufficient to meet the needs of districts.
The bill would raise the base student allocation by $85 the first year, from $5,680 to $5,765, and then by $58 each of the next two years, bringing it to $5,881. Parnell's office, in a release, said the increase proposed was based upon percentage increases in recent public employee contracts.
The increase is part of an overall education proposal introduced Friday that includes changes that Parnell said are aimed at giving kids more opportunities and parents more choice in options in where to send their kids to school.

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