State spending on schools aiming for $100/student-year increase

The House Majority is holding on to a bill that would change the way the state’s public schools are funded until members can come to terms on spending this session. The bill is the result of the Education Task Force meetings last summer. It provides a multi-year approach to balancing the needs of rural and urban schools — while providing for consistent funding increases for all schools. The House Finance Committee passed it last week, but Rules Chairman John Coghill this morning said he’s holding it to help control the size of all the budgets that are still pending.

Dave Donaldson, APRN – Juneau