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Governor Signs School Funding Bill into Law

HB 287 ensures two years of stable funding for Alaska’s schools


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Students at Harborview Elementary gather around Governor Bill Walker as he signs HB 287 into law.

Credit: Office of Governor Bill Walker

JUNEAU, AK—Governor Bill Walker signed House Bill 287 into law at Harborview Elementary School on May 3 in Juneau, joined by members of the House and Senate – Democrats, Republicans, and Independents.

Sponsored by Representative Seaton (R-Homer), this legislation gives Alaska’s school districts the certainty to fund education next school year. It will also boost support for K-12 education by $30 million in the 2020 school year, if lawmakers approve a structured draw from the Permanent Fund earnings reserve to help pay for government.

The Governor released the following statement on the bill:

 

“The diverse group of policymakers that threw support behind this legislation represent our values as Alaskans. We must guarantee to all students, parents, and teachers that their schools will have the resources to provide high-quality education year in and year out for Alaska’s students. This is something we can come together on. We’re going to keep working together on this, and other key issues as we near the end of the legislative session.”

– Governor Bill Walker

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