Note from Rep. Gara: Thumbs Down and Thumbs Up: Education Cuts; Free Dental Clinic Fri & Sat

I remembered my promise to you: a short synopsis for those who have lives to lead; and a longer explanation for those of you who want details and not snippets. Here goes on an education bill that leads to three more years of teacher and classroom cuts, and, on a brighter note, this Friday and Saturday’s FREE dental clinic dentists have organized to help our neighbors in need. Spread the word – on one or both of these issues!

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Note from Rep. Gara: “Factiness” On Education: 3 More Years of Layoffs Isn’t Progress

I am in the middle of working on the Legislature’s education bill – which is looking grim after a marathon House Finance Committee debate last night. With the help of thousands of great, vocal, active students and parents, I think we can still fix this bill together.

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NEWS: Administration Confirms: Much Larger BSA Increase Needed to Fill Education Shortfalls

JUNEAU – A new analysis of Parnell administration data confirms Alaska’s school districts need between three and six times the amount of the governor is proposing to increase per-student classroom funding in order to fill budget gaps for next school year. Representative Les Gara (D-Anchorage) released the analysis today as the House Finance Committee considers the governor’s omnibus education bill and other education measures.

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