Juneau Still in Session


by Your Alaska Link News Team

JUNEAU, AK- It is now two days past the session deadline and lawmakers have yet to agree on a version of Governor Parnell's education bill.
The Governor's forty five section bill has certain provisions that are sparking controversy, preventing both Senate and House members from agreeing.
Perhaps the biggest controversy is over what level the state will fund schools this year and whether to do so inside or outside the BSA.
Around 11:00 a.m. Tuesday morning, a conference committee of six convened with the intent to draft legislation that all parties can agree on.
Senator Hollis French says this could have been done earlier, in a much simpler way.
"I think its a little bit ironic that in what is supposed to be the year of education were actually getting the education last instead of first. Our view is that we could have solved this problem a long time ago by simply giving schools the resources they need to hire good teachers and provide for low class sizes and predictable funding," says Senator Hollis French.
There are some sections in the bill almost all lawmakers agree on such as faster internet connections for schools and a repeal on high school exit exams.
However, with the larger issue at hand, where the money comes from to fund schools, there is no telling when session will wrap up.


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