JUNEAU, Alaska — Gov. Sean Parnell says a state Senate education proposal lacks accountability, firing the latest salvo this week in a fight over education funding at the State Capitol. The debate centers on how much money the state gives school districts for each student they have.
Parnell spoke in response to the Senate’s passage of a bill that would increase student funding for school districts across the state for the next three school years.
“They have just spent half a billion dollars more on education and they have not required any results or anything transformational to occur within the system,” Parnell said.
According to a fiscal note, the extra money would cost the state just more than $475 million over five years.
“To me, that is the ultimate giveaway,” Parnell said. “To say that we're going to increase by half a billion dollars but we're not going to require any better education for our kids.”