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Governor’s Education Bill Passes Committee

Alaska’s Education Opportunity Act Moves to House Finance

March 13, 2014, Juneau, Alaska – Governor Sean Parnell today applauded the House Education Committee for passing his comprehensive education bill, HB 278, Alaska’s Education Opportunity Act – legislation that will strengthen Alaska’s public education system.

“I applaud the House Education Committee for thoroughly reviewing our legislation and passing it out of committee,” Governor Parnell said. “I remain committed to signing legislation that grows charter school opportunities, improves career and vocational programs, and provides more funding for our students. Although the committee removed the SAT and ACT element of our bill, I recognize that this is only the beginning in a long process.”

The governor also thanked the committee for adopting his amendment that supports the Alaska Native Science and Engineering Program and other programs throughout the state. This tax credit for nonprofit scholarships awarded to dual credit students now captures all costs associated with in-state dual credit programs, including tuition, registration, on-campus room and board, and transportation costs.

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