Governor Sean Parnell today welcomed the news that the Senate Finance Committee passed House Bill 278, Alaska's Education Opportunity Act, his comprehensive education legislation, providing new funding and opportunities for Alaska's children.
"I appreciate the work of Co-Chair Kevin Meyer and the Senate Finance Committee's careful consideration of our bill," Governor Parnell said. "With this legislation, not only will we increase funding for public schools, Alaska's students will have more career and technical training opportunities, and more charter school opportunities. I thank the members of the committee for passing this important bill that will make a difference in classrooms across our state."
The governor expressed his appreciation for the committee's work reinstating the residential school stipends and replacing the Alaska High School Graduation Qualifying Exam with a student's choice of the SAT, ACT, or WorkKeys assessments. The governor was particularly pleased the committee accepted his amendment to provide more opportunity for students to participate in the Alaska Native Science and Engineering Program.
House Bill 278 now heads to the Senate Floor. The governor will work with the House and Senate to reach agreement on the final legislation.