This evening Citizens for the Educational Advancement of Alaska’s Children or CEAAC will acknowledge the settlement of two education lawsuits against the state with the presentation of two funds. One for $18 million will help pay for new programs for struggling schools and another for $300,000. The smaller fund will be named the Howard S. Trickey Constitutional Defense Fund after the attorney who fought both the Kasayulie and Moore versus the state of Alaska cases in the 90s. The first case dealt with the lack of new school construction in rural Alaska and the second went after the need for rural teachers and programs. Norman Eck is the superintendent of the Northwest Arctic Borough school district based in Kotzebue and President of CEAAC. He says the cases had enormous impact.
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