School districts call on Legislature for permanent funding increase next year
May 31, 2023
Alaska school administrators are welcoming the $175 million in additional one-time funding in this year’s state budget, but warn that they’ll again face large deficits next year.
Permanently increasing the base student allocation — the state’s per-student funding formula — was a top priority for many legislators this year. School districts across the state reported being in crisis after six years of essentially flat funding, high inflation and the end of federal COVID-19 relief aid.
“The legislature has offered a spring bonus rather than a pay increase to an education system tha...