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Gattis Introduces Sustainable Education Task Force

Friday, April 5, 2013, Juneau, Alaska – Representative Lynn Gattis today introduced House Resolution 8, which creates the Task Force on Sustainable Education in the House of Representatives, whose purpose is to examine the efficiency and effectiveness of public education delivery in the state, including standards, outcomes and funding of public education.

“Education funding and student performance are under constant scrutiny here in Juneau,” Gattis, R-Wasilla, said. “There’s a deep disconnect between the amount of funding Alaska invests in public education with what our return is thought to be. When solutions are discussed, it’s apparent that the stakeholders couldn’t disagree more.  At the end of the day, the public schools and the kids need us to come together with some fresh perspectives.”

Duties of the taskforce include performing an analysis of public education funding in the state, creating a process for vetting proposed education standards before the standards are adopted by the state Board of Education and Early Development, evaluating the availability of courses that meet core academic curriculum requirements, and submitting a report to the Governor, Department of Education and the Legislature by October 1, 2014.

“In the interest of bringing the stakeholders together and identifying new perspectives, I’ve been asked by House leadership to convene a new Education Task Force for Sustainable Education during the interim months,” Gattis said. “Together with my colleagues and members of the public we will consider sustainability in education funding.”  

The taskforce is composed of the chairs of the House Education Committee and the chair of the House Finance Sub-Committee of Education and Early Development, a member of the Legislature with a background in energy, educators, business persons and community members representing the state’s Native Alaskan communities.

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