Governor Sean Parnell today released the following statement in response to the Education Conference Committee reaching an agreement on House Bill 278, the governor's comprehensive education legislation. The committee agreed to $300 million of new education funding over three years. Of that, $150 million will go toward the base student allocation and $150 million will go toward innovation and new educational opportunities, such as charter, correspondence and residential schools, and vocational training.
"In my State of the State, I called for both sides to come out of their trenches and reach agreement on more opportunities for our children and on increased education funding. The Education Conference Committee accomplished those two goals.
"The committee's compromise reflects the validity of concerns on both sides - those who wanted the stability and certainty of a substantial increase to the base student allocation, and those seeking more school choice and accountability. Alaska's students and families are well served with this bill."
Governor Parnell thanked the members of the conference committee, specifically Representative Mike Hawker and Senator Kevin Meyer who chaired the committee.