• Voluntary Preschool
• Base Student Allocation

• Supporting Alaska’s public education system has been and will remain to be one of my highest priorities.

• As a public school teacher in the Kuspuk School District in the early ‘90s, I know how hard our teachers, administrators, and support staff work to ensure that the future of Alaska receive rigorous and comprehensive public educations. I understand the reality and importance of money “in the classroom” and the impact that flat funding the Base Student Allocation (the amount of funds school districts receive to invest in an individual student) for the past four years has had on our classrooms. That is why I filed, along with other House Democrats, House Bill 95 which stops, what really amounts to four years of education cuts when taking inflation into consideration. [insert graph]

• Increased funding for public education is a hopeful start; however I am dedicated to ensuring that our students graduate from Alaska’s public school system as prepared and competitive applicants for vocational programs, higher education, directly entering the workforce, or any other path he or she may choose. House Bill 155 extends the school year from 180 days to 190 days. Research shows that more time spent in the classroom directly correlates to a deeper understanding of curriculum. [insert graph]

• Education is the ultimate investment and our future economy depends on educating Alaskans today.