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 this update: New website, Facebook, and email contact information; Legislative update; Educator Quality & Quantity; New Member; Spike Jorgensen Scholarship; new discussions and resources on Ed Connector
The Spike Jorgensen Scholarship is awarded annually to students from Coalition for Education Equity member school districts who show strong promise to overcome academic, personal, or societal obstacles to excel in his or her chosen area of post-secondary education.
I hope you have all had a positive beginning to your school year! It has been a busy fall and I've been working with your executive committee members and many other partners across the state on our top priorities and initiatives.
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