Legislature authorizes Legislative Council to defend education funding, prevent pink slips

 

SENATOR
CATHY GIESSEL
Senate President
Sen.Cathy.Giessel@akleg.gov

907-465-4843

ALASKA STATE LEGISLATURE

 

REPRESENTATIVE
BRYCE EDGMON
Speaker of the House
Rep.Bryce.Edgmon@akleg.gov

  907-465-4451

JOINT PRESS RELEASE


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 28, 2019

 

Legislature authorizes Legislative Council to defend education funding, prevent pink slips

 

JUNEAU – In an effort to prevent teachers from receiving pink slips on June 3, the Alaska Legislature is preparing to defend a law providing K-12 education funding for the upcoming fiscal year.

 

The House and Senate each voted today to allow the Joint Legislative Council Committee to take all action necessary to uphold the Legislature’s constitutional power of appropriation. The Legislature is also asking for an injunction to allow schools to receive funding until the courts resolve the issue.

 

“The Legislature stands by its effort to make sure schools get funded in a timely manner,” House Speaker Bryce Edgmon said. “At stake is the essential question of the Legislature’s constitutionally mandated appropriation powers and a fundamental question involving the separation of powers.”

 

“The Legislature forward-funded K-12 education last year for this very reason – to prevent pink slip notices from going out and provide stability, so that teachers can focus on the classroom,” Senate President Cathy Giessel said. “We stand firmly behind the law passed last year, and we’re asking the courts to look into the issue and provide clarity.”

 

In the past, political disagreements over the budget led to the issuance of pink slip notices to teachers. The Legislature addressed this issue by passing House Bill 287, a bill fully funding Alaska schools for two years and providing districts with a one-time $30 million grant. The bill was signed into law May 3, 2018. 

 

CONTACTS
Daniel McDonald

Alaska Senate Majority
(907) 465-4066
Daniel.McDonald@akleg.gov

 

Austin Baird

Alaska House Majority
(907) 465-6791
Austin.Baird@akleg.gov