NEWS: Make February Official Public Education Month, Say Gardner, Drummond

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Resolutions highlight the value of public education and its role in Alaska history

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 3, 2014

JUNEAU – Today, Senator Berta Gardner and Representative Harriet Drummond introduced resolutions to name February of each year Public Education Month in Alaska.

“Our public schools are a cornerstone of our constitution and the foundation of our future,” said Gardner (D-Anchorage). “Alaska’s public schools educate our people and level the playing field for Alaskans no matter their race, religion, or economic status. It’s important we celebrate their successes and understand the value they contribute to our state.”

The resolutions request that the State Board of Education and Early Development promote, publicize, and increase awareness of the important role public education plays in Alaska’s history.

“Public schools are so important to Alaska’s families and economy, we must have an open and honest public discussion about the value of public education early in the legislative session,” said Drummond (D-Anchorage). “We hope that by creating Public Education Month each February, we can spark the conversation about the value of public education both in the Capitol and around the state.”

The House resolution (HCR16) is referred to the House Education and State Affairs committees.

The Senate resolution (SCR12) is referred to the Senate Education Committee.

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