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Americans for Prosperity – Alaska Thanks Governor Dunleavy for Vetoing SB 140

Mar 15, 2024 by AFP

JUNEAU, AK – Americans for Prosperity – Alaska (AFP-AK) thanks Governor Dunleavy for vetoing SB 140, which aimlessly hikes school district spending, without providing any substantive educational reforms. Before Alaska inflates spending more than it already has over recent years, it must pass proven policies that put students first and that improve education outcomes.

AFP-AK State Director Bethany Marcum issued the following statement regarding SB 140:

“Thank you, Governor Dunleavy, for sending a message that Alaska prioritizes students over systems. Families are hungry for real reform and SB 140 clearly misses the mark Education funding should be used to support students – not systems. We urge legislators to unite in support of the Governor’s veto. Alaska’s families deserve an education system that works for each unique student with reforms like open enrollment.

Americans for Prosperity stands ready to hold accountable those elected officials who perpetuate this failed status quo.”

BACKGROUND:

Alaska leads the nation in per-pupil funding but lags dramatically in student performance. Alaska’s per-pupil expenditure – over $22,000 per student – is the sixth highest in the nation. Despite this large investment in Alaska’s education system, Alaskan students rank 49th in the nation in performance.

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