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By Dan Rudy 

Local schools concerned about Senate Finance cuts

 


While preparing a draft budget for the next fiscal year, Wrangell Public Schools superintendent Patrick Mayer was surprised to learn the Senate Finance Committee approved a four-percent decrease to Alaska’s Foundation formula late last week.

The adjustment would alter the formula for base student allocation, which is how the state allots money to its various school districts.

“None of this was ever discussed,” Mayer stated.

If implemented, the cuts would amount to about $47 million statewide and would mean $140,000 in cuts for Wrangell schools. This comes on top of planned cuts to one...



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