Congratulations to the 2017 Spike Jorgensen Scholarship Winners, Lucero Belen Nelson-Loya of Kotzebue and Shila Marie Rivas of Anchorage. Each will receive $1000 toward their post-secondary education during the 2017-2018 academic year, renewable for up to a total of four years.
There is strong potential for adding dollars to the pre-elementary grant amounts to cover bringing in the current Moore pre-K sites. This has a real possibility of getting introduced and passed (in the House). Also, we are working with Barbara Adams and Jerry Covey on a model to better understand teacher workforce concerns, reduce employee turnover, and increase employee satisfaction and performance.
We are seeking to maintain the $2 million for pre-K that Governor Walker put in his budget and increase that amount to $3.2 million in order to continue funding for Moore pre-K sites. We’ve also asked that our Senators support incentivizing district collaboration around administrative and education services, rather than dictating consolidation – there seems to be some openness to this idea.
In my update last week, I announced that it is time to elect new officers for our Board. Our Executive Board is made up of the following offices: President, Vice-President, SecretaryTreasurer, and Member-At-Large (2 positions).
Last night, the conference committee on the operating budget cut the $50 BSA increase for FY17 ($12.9 million). This cut has come as a surprise to most, as both the House and Senate had included the amount in their respective operating budgets.
I'm back in Anchorage after a busy and productive week in Juneau. I was introduced and able to meet with several members of the majority and minority, as well as Lieutenant Governor Mallott, Interim Education Commissioner Dr. Susan McCauley
Coalition for Education Equity Government Relations Director, Tom Begich, heads down to Juneau this week to fight for our legislative priorities
Yesterday, Governor Walker released his fiscal plan and proposed FY17 budgets. There is some good news for our membership. Please see below for an update from Government Relations Director Tom Begich.