It’s a somber day for student learning in Alaska.
Today, the Governor made damaging vetoes to the state budget that are harmful to Alaska’s students, schools, and communities. These vetoes eliminate forward funding for public education in FY2021, slash funding for all early learning programs, cut half of school bond debt reimbursement, and decimate funding for the University of Alaska. This is an attack on our students, schools, and higher education system and creates uncertainty around the quality of student learning in Alaska.
Are you as fired up as we are? Contact your state legislators today. Let them know that education is important to you and ask them to vote to override the Governor’s damaging vetoes.
Here is a summary of the vetoes that harm our students and communities:
- Forward funding was vetoed for the 2020-2021 school year.
- The university system received a devastating 40% veto that is beyond the scope of any imaginable or reasonable single year reduction.
- 50 percent of school bond debt reimbursement ($48,910,250) was vetoed – this will increase your local property taxes and breaks the state commitment to support school construction.
- 50 percent of the funding for Regional Education Attendance Area & Small Municipal School Fund ($19,694,500) was vetoed – this harms rural schools and communities.
- Funding for all early learning programs was entirely eliminated. This includes pre-kindergarten pilot programs and grants, Head Start, Parents as Teachers, and Best Beginnings.
- All funding for the Alaska State Council on the Arts was eliminated.
- 50 percent of funding for the Professional Teaching Practices Commission was vetoed.
- All funding for the Online with Libraries program was vetoed.
- All funding for the Live Homework Help program was vetoed.