Alaska House, Senate pass differing school funding bills

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JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Both chambers of the Alaska Legislature have passed bills focusing on state school funding, but the plans vary significantly.

KTOO Public Media of Juneau reports that the Senate and House majorities on Saturday passed the bills for school funding — one of the largest remaining issues for the Legislature this year.

The House plan would increase state aid to school districts by $100 per student into the future. KTOO reports that increase would add slightly more than $25 million every year beginning in the coming school year.

The Senate plan would provide a one-time infusion of $30 million in 2020 only if Gov. Bill Walker signs a law to draw Alaska Permanent Fund earnings to pay for state government.

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Information from: KTOO-FM, http://www.ktoo.org


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