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Hanley: Education will have to be protected at some level


JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – State education commissioner Mike Hanley said the department, schools and districts will have to work to find efficiencies in light of the state’s budget deficit.

But he said education will have to be protected at some level and expects there to be a conversation as to what that level should be.

Alaska faces a projected multibillion-dollar budget deficit amid a crash in oil prices. Gov. Bill Walker has said he wants to insulate education to the greatest extent possible, but he also has said nothing is off the table as the state cuts costs. He said the state would c...

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