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Senate Finance Unveils Education Bill Rewrite

Published On: Apr 18 2014 06:16:13 PM AKDT
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The Senate Finance Committee has overhauled a broad-ranging education bill, opting to provide additional aid to districts outside the per-pupil funding formula known as the base student allocation.

Committee co-chair Kevin Meyer said the bill will provide more choices in education and incentivize districts to do things differently.

He said the hope with this package is that it will lead to change and capitalize on programs that work.

The draft rewrite of HB278 borrows from numerous education bills and proposals that have been pending this session. It would add support for charter schools, residential schools and correspondence study programs. It calls for funding to improve Internet service for certain schools. It also calls for a study of how the state funds education.