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NEA-Alaska President Barb Angaiak Statement on Governor Parnell’s FY2012 Budget and State of the State Speech

NEA-Alaska president Barb Angaiak released the following statement regarding Governor Parnell’s FY2012 budget and State of the State speech:

“NEA-Alaska is disappointed Governor Parnell made little mention of education in his State of the State speech on Wednesday, January 19. His attention to performance scholarships and capital project requests for new schools overlooks the funding crisis schools across Alaska are facing.

In December, Governor Parnell released his proposed FY2012 budget, which included only a small increase to the budget for K-12 education, including no increase in the Base Student Allocation (BSA). The Governor has suggested his budget fully funds K-12 public education. The slight increase of just over 1 percent is not acceptable in light of increased operational costs over the last eight years.  Additionally, by keeping the BSA at the FY2011 level as proposed will require districts to continue cutting programs and staff positions that are essential to the success of Alaska’s children.

NEA-Alaska maintains its commitment to work with Governor Parnell to achieve educational accountability and excellence. We hope to provide him with an understanding that to realize this goal, we must continue to invest adequately in our education system.”

NEA-Alaska is a diverse organization of teachers, certificated staff, education support professionals (ESPs), retired members, and students training to become teachers.  With almost 13,000 members, NEA-Alaska is a democratic, grass roots organization that promotes high standards of excellence in education for the children of Alaska through support of public school employees. Approximately 67 local associations in school districts across the state are affiliated with NEA-Alaska, which is the state affiliate of the 3.2 million members of the  National Education Association, headquartered in Washington, D.C. For more information on NEA-Alaska visit www.neaalaska.org.

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