ANCHORAGE – Earlier today, Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy joined Sen. Tom Begich (D-Anchorage) for a press conference to unveil the “Alaska Reads Act.” The bipartisan legislation seeks to improve the reading skills of students in kindergarten through third grade by creating a new comprehensive statewide reading program.
Alaska Children’s Caucus co-chair Rep. Chris Tuck (D-Anchorage) released the following statement about the proposal:
“There are a lot of issues that divide the members of the Alaska Legislature, but the one issue that brings everyone together is the education of our children,” Representative Tuck said. “The research is clear that student achievement is directly linked to reading ability, especially in the first four years of school. The Alaska Reads Act is a good bill that will help students, which is why it has bipartisan support, including from me. I want to thank Senator Begich and Governor Dunleavy for their work on this important legislation, which the Alaska Children’s Caucus will thoroughly review.”
Office of Representative Chris Tuck