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Americans for Prosperity – Alaska Thanks Lawmakers and Governor Dunleavy for Standing Up for Meaningful Education Reform & Against SB 140

Mar 18, 2024 by AFP

JUNEAU, AK – After the legislature failed to override Governor Mike Dunleavy’s veto of Senate Bill 140 (SB 140), AFP-AK State Director Bethany Marcum issued the following statement:

“AFP thanks the principled lawmakers who stood up this afternoon for education reform and responsible education spending by respecting Governor Dunleavy’s veto of misguided SB 140. Today’s vote outcome will help Alaska prioritize students over systems and gives the legislature another shot at bettering Alaska’s education system, by tying education spending to student outcomes.  

“SB 140 missed the mark at a time when Alaskans are eager for more choices in their student’s education and better results. Education funding should be used to support students – not systems. 

“While AFP is disappointed that some lawmakers were supportive of SB 140’s attempt to hike generalized funding to school districts, our team looks forward to working alongside the legislature and Governor Dunleavy on real reforms that will empower families to find a system that works for each unique student. We appreciate the legislature’s and Governor Dunleavy’s thoughtful approach and commitment to getting these reforms right.”  

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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