What is Alaska getting for its money in public education? We hear from special interests that we can’t possibly cut education. The big question is “how do we sustain the current spending for public education and how do we improve public education?”.
If a school district has an increase in the number of students, the school staff grows. But what happens if the number of students declines? Does the staffing decline as well? One look at the ASD shows that it continues to grow regardless of the student population.
Anchorage School District can absorb $30 million with no adverse impact to the classroom. Here is the worksheet that shows how it can be done.
Here is a chance to compare this year’s capital budget (FY16/SB 26)to last year’s (FY15/SB119). This year’s is lean and mean out of necessity. We will hear the cries from special interests but Alaska is in tough times and reality is here.