Issues / Education

Education Bills - Julie Coulombe a Proven Advocate for Education

 

 

The policy change introduced by Rep. Justin Ruffridge contained in HB 400 passed on the last day of session (incorporated into HB 202), and will address the correspondence issue that the Alaska Superior Court ruled unconstitutional. It will empower the Alaska State Board of Education and Early Development to adopt new regulations governing correspondence programs, and ensures that families will receive the home school/correspondence allotments.

  • Policy Change in HB 400:
    • Introduced by Rep. Justin Ruffridge
    • Passed on the last day of session, incorporated into HB 202
    • Addresses the correspondence issue ruled unconstitutional by the Alaska Superior Court
    • Empowers the Alaska State Board of Education and Early Development to adopt new regulations for correspondence programs
    • Ensures families will receive home school/correspondence allotments through the next school year
    • Provides policymakers one year to craft a permanent fix, pending Alaska Supreme Court's decision 
  • Historic School Funding Increase:
    • One-time funding increase of $680 per student in the operating budget
    • Provided needed support to school districts for FY25
    • Total of $175 million in the FY25 budget, the largest in state history
    • Commitment from the House Majority to work toward a permanent increase next year
    • Focus on policy changes aimed at improving student outcomes 
  • Alaska Performance Scholarship Legislation:
    • Expands the Alaska Performance Scholarship program
    • Broadens the scope of the scholarship and its applicability, including additional Career and Technical Education components
    • HB 148 raises the maximum scholarship amount from $4,755 to $7,000 per year
    • Expands eligibility qualifications, with awards based on GPA or standardized test scores
    • Requires completion of a specified number of high school classes
    • Increases award amounts for all three levels and removes the college entrance exam requirement
    • Extends the eligibility period from six to eight years
    • Directs the Alaska Commission of Postsecondary Education (ACPE) to evaluate awardees' GPAs after two semesters for potential award increases based on postsecondary performance