Dr. Atwater Supports Proposed Change of School Term Length

House Bill 155, sponsored by Representative Andy Josephson(D-Anchorage) is seeking to extend the term for school students in the state from 180-days to 190-days. We spoke to Dr. Steve Atwater, Superintendent of the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District, about that proposed legislation…

 

Dr. Atwater: “Yeah we haven’t had a lot of time to discuss it, but my first impression is yes, I support it. I think that its favorable to have more instructional time with the students. But again, I haven’t had time to work with my school board on a position, although I imagine they’d support it as well. The critical piece, of course, is we’d need funding to be able to do that, we cant just extend our contracts by ten-days, and not pay the people more money. We would need additional funding to go with it, and I’ve not seen any kind of  fiscal note attached to it.”

 

HB155 has been referred to the House Education Committee

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