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Rep. Andrew Josephson

Rep. Josephson’s Newsletter: Too Little, Too Late

Working late into the night Monday, the House had its long awaited debate on the education bill, House Bill 278. In January, the Governor introduced an omnibus education bill and deemed this session the “education session.” At the time, I did not believe the bill did enough for our public education system. After Monday night, I continue to believe we have not done enough for our children, teachers, and schools.

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Rep. Geran Tarr

Rep. Tarr’s Newsletter: The Education Session

This week, my colleagues and I in the Alaska House worked late into the night to provide opportunities to our children by offering fixes to House Bill 278, the omnibus education bill, the major legislation of the year pertaining to our public education system.

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Rep. Les Gara

Note from Rep. Gara: Thumbs Down and Thumbs Up: Education Cuts; Free Dental Clinic Fri & Sat

I remembered my promise to you: a short synopsis for those who have lives to lead; and a longer explanation for those of you who want details and not snippets. Here goes on an education bill that leads to three more years of teacher and classroom cuts, and, on a brighter note, this Friday and Saturday’s FREE dental clinic dentists have organized to help our neighbors in need. Spread the word – on one or both of these issues!

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Rep. David Guttenberg

Rep. Guttenberg’s Legislative Report: Education and Capital Projects

As of last night, the Legislature will be on fast forward. The Senate appointed their conference committee members on the Operating Budget, which invokes the 24-hour rule. This rule allows bills to move very quickly through the legislature. It’s a way to make sure we get things done, but it’s also an opportunity for bad legislation to move forward without the usual scrutiny.

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Rep. Sam Kito III

Rep. Sam Kito’s Newsletter: Bills on the Move

This week, the education debate has heated up with House Finance releasing a Committee Substitute and considering amendments to the omnibus Education bill (HB 278). The bill that finally came out of the committee included some troubling changes from the Education Committee version. I am especially concerned about the changes to the Teachers Retirement System (TRS), which could cause the insolvency or exhaustion of the trust fund in ten years. This would result in a pay-as-you-go plan that would make active teachers pay for retired teachers and significantly increase the required contribution by active teachers.

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