Major cuts in Governor Dunleavy proposed FY20 amended budget

Major cuts in Governor Dunleavy proposed FY20 amended budget

Today Governor Dunleavy unveiled his proposed amended budget, SB 20 which calls for $1.6 billion in cuts from the FY 2020 budget. Public education received a proposed cut of over $330 million, or a little over 24% of the education budget. This equals about 3,100 teacher positions. Included in these cuts is a $269 million reduction in the foundation formula and the elimination of the $30 million in FY 20 one-time education funding that was agreed to last year.

August 2018 Updates!

August 2018 Updates!

2017-18 was a busy year! Our members worked hard to identify our 2018-19 (and beyond) CEE priorities, to include: adequate investment in education, recruitment and retention of quality educators, statewide access to quality pre-elementary programs, capacity of school districts and DEED, school construction and major maintenance, and community capacity issues. We’ll be building on our successes of 2018, which you can read about here. We also elected new board officers, released a report from our “Research-based Educator System Support” (RESS) pilot study, and completed a post-hoc evaluation of the Moore Settlement early learning, teacher retention, and HSGQE grants.

Education Legislation signed into law

Education Legislation signed into law

Coalition for Education Equity executive director, Sarah Sledge traveled to Fairbanks August 10 to join Governor Bill Walker as he signed several key education bills into law. CEE supported all of these bills, and specifically worked to get HB 212 introduced and passed. This bill will provide an additional avenue for our rural and small schools to obtain funding for major maintenance projects, helping us save money on future construction costs and ensuring our children have safe spaces in which to learn.

Educator Workforce Satisfaction Study Final Report

Educator Workforce Satisfaction Study Final Report

Coalition for Education Equity has released the final report from the “Research-based Educator System Support” (RESS) pilot study, designed to study and support educator workforce satisfaction and retention. The process and information gleaned from the study proved beneficial to individual school districts, and also provide us with salient recommendations for local and state policy and practices.

End of the 2018 Legislative Session

End of the 2018 Legislative Session

We have received the end-of-session report from our government relations consultants. The report provides a detailed look at revenue, funding, and specific education legislation we were following or actively working on for passage. We worked with many other education organizations and activists to secure advance and increased funding for education. I am particularly proud of our years of committed work to sustain funding and expand pre-elementary programs statewide, and our continued and successful advocacy for school construction and major maintenance.

Spike Jorgensen Scholarship application deadline extended!

Spike Jorgensen Scholarship application deadline extended!

The Spike Jorgensen Scholarship 2018 application has been extended to April 6! Please share information about the Spike Jorgensen Scholarship with your school administrators, counselors, teachers, and students. Two winners are selected from member districts for a $1,000 award. Awards can be renewed for up to four years. The current year application can be found on our website at: www.ceequity.org/scholarship. For more information, email scholarship@ceequity.org

March 2017 legislative and progress and activities

March 2017 legislative and progress and activities

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.

Coalition for Education Equity 2/03/17 Update

Coalition for Education Equity 2/03/17 Update

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.