Alaska School Aid System Challenged in Court
Alaska parents, teachers, and school advocates who say that a recent hike in education funding doesn't go nearly far enough have taken their concerns to court.
A coalition representing those interests has filed a lawsuit seeking a greater cash infusion for the state's schools and a more equitable method of distribution.
Filed by Alaska's largest teachers' union, several parents, two rural school districts, and a rural-advocacy organization, the suit contends that a lack of sufficient funding violates the state constitution and results in a shortage of teachers, school programs, course offerings, and support services for students. The impact is particularly great, it says, on students with disabilities and those in Alaska's rural districtssome of the most remote areas...
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