Rep. Andy Josephson
Serving Neighbors in Midtown, University, and East Anchorage
Call me at: 575-ANDY (2639)

DECEMBER 3, 2013

Representing District 15:
Midtown, University, and East Anchorage

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716 4th Ave, Room 390
Anchorage, AK 99501
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Back in the Classroom

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

I have spent much of the past few weeks in the classroom, exploring our local elementary schools and middle school; this month I am visiting East High School. Through these visits I have learned about capital project priorities and general budgetary priorities for specific schools, as well as our public education system as a whole. It’s been a nostalgic time for me recalling previous years spent as a high school teacher in the Kuspuk School District in the early ‘90s. The kids in our classrooms are our future, and I believe that it’s up to us to provide them with meaningful, wide-ranging, and rigorous public educations.

Getting a little silly with kindergartners from Mrs. Church’s class at Tudor Elementary School
Getting a little silly with kindergartners from Mrs. Church’s class at Tudor Elementary School

I spent a full day, from 8:30am to 3:30pm at Tudor Elementary in Mrs. Johnson’s fifth grade class and Mrs. Church’s kindergarten class. I had the honor of doing everything from grading papers to talking to the kids about state government. I recently had an ankle repair surgery, and the kindergarteners enjoyed riding around on my “scooter.”

I spent the day in a kindergarten class and a fifth grade class at Tudor Elementary School
I spent the day in a kindergarten class and a fifth grade class at Tudor Elementary School

More importantly, my time spent in the classroom allowed me to experience first-hand the problems and necessities our teachers face on a day to day basis. As you probably know, the Base Student Allocation (BSA), which is the amount of funds school districts receive to invest in an individual student has been flat funded, failing to keep up with inflation for the past four years.

Last session my colleagues and I filed legislation to stop, what really amounts to education cuts when taking inflation into consideration, with House Bill 95. I will continue to fight for our public education system in Juneau. Education is the ultimate investment and our future economy depends on educating Alaskans today.

Addressing the House Finance Subcommittee of the Department of Education and Early Development
Addressing the House Finance Subcommittee of the Department of Education and Early Development

The House Finance Subcommittee of the Department of Education and Early Development (DEED) continues to meet while the legislature is out of session. Our last meeting focused on a general overview of the entire DEED budget, which is good preparation before we move back to Juneau for the legislative session. The presentation again highlighted the fact that the BSA has not kept up with inflation for the past four years. At the same time, we learned that statewide graduation rates have increased from 69.6% in 2012 to 71.6% in 2013. Our teachers are doing a great job!

A graph from a committee meeting on the Department of Education and Early Development showing statewide graduation rates
A graph from a committee meeting on the Department of Education and Early Development showing statewide graduation rates

Developing Alaska’s resources is a way to capture the natural wealth of Alaska and bring that back home to places like the classroom. I was fortunate to take a trip to Point Thomson to explore the site’s development. Point Thomson holds approximately 25 percent of the known natural gas deposits in Alaska. In 2012 Exxon Mobil agreed to start developing the area. Today, the progress includes a massive gravel pad airstrip, some developments for living and working, and fuel tanks to run the operation. A six mile road has also been constructed inland to the airstrip.

Standing near the new site development at Point Thomson
Standing near the new site development at Point Thomson

Exxon has employed 1,200 people to build the new infrastructure. Five hundred workers will live at the camp this winter to begin installing a 22-mile long pipeline that will eventually carry a hydro-carbon called condensate, used in making things like jet fuels and plastics. Early estimates project 10,000 barrels of condensate will be produced daily, with a total capacity to move 70,000 barrels. I am excited about this progress and look forward to its future development.

Some members of the House Democratic Caucus met up in Anchorage!
Some members of the House Democratic Caucus met up in Anchorage!
 
As a big fan of the Great Alaska Shootout, I was lucky enough to attend the tip-off luncheon where I met Tulsa head coach and NCAA Division I basketball star, Danny Manning, what an honor!
As a big fan of the Great Alaska Shootout, I was lucky enough to attend the tip-off luncheon where I met Tulsa head coach and NCAA Division I basketball star, Danny Manning, what an honor!

As always, please contact me if I can be of service to you or your family,

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Sincerely,

Andy Josephson[signed]

Representative Andy Josephson
716 4th Ave, Room 390
Phone: 907-269-0265
Rep.Andy.Josephson@akleg.gov

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