Governor Parnell Signs Bills Bolstering Education
June 21, 2010, Fairbanks, Alaska – Governor Sean Parnell today signed legislation that encourages more private-sector investment in educational and vocational programs and facility construction in order to improve training for Alaska’s workforce, particularly in preparation for a natural gas pipeline.
Senate Bill 236, sponsored by Senate Education Committee Chairmen Kevin Meyer and Joe Thomas, increases tax credits for contributions to Alaska’s higher education and job training institutions, with a new cap of $5 million for qualifying donations.
Governor Parnell also signed Senate Bill 235. SB 235 increases opportunities for charter school creation. It also allows the Department of Education and Early Development to compete on behalf of Alaska Charter Schools for national facility maintenance and start-up capital grants available through the U.S. Department of Education. Alaskan charter schools have not been able to compete for those grants.“I applaud the Legislature for voting to provide Alaska’s parents with more options for their children’s education,” Governor Parnell said.