Parnell Calls For “Year of Education”

During last night’s State of the State address, Governor Sean Parnell called for 2014 to be the year for education, promising Legislators…

 

Gov. Parnell: “If you are willing to join me in passing real education reform, I will work with you to authorize an increase in the Base Student Allocation. To show my good faith in this, I’m introducing legislation to reform Alaska’s education system by focusing on charter school opportunity, career technical training, digital teaching and other opportunities. And I’m introducing legislation to raise the BSA for the next three years.”

 

Parnell proposed doing away with the High School Qualifying Exam and instead…

 

Gov. Parnell: “I propose a High School student take either the SAT, the ACT or WorkKeys Test within two years of their expected graduation date. The first test they take would be State expense.”

 

However, State Democrats were unimpressed. Senator Minority Leader Hollis French demanded education reform and an increase in the BSA, and said…

 

Sen. French(D-AK): “Diverting public money to private school simply continues to deprive our public schools of the resources they need to do their job.”

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