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Begich: Public money for public schools

By Associated Press 12:28 PM March 3, 2014

Senator questions whether state is adequately funding schools.

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – U.S. Sen. Mark Begich says Alaskans should never amend the state constitution as a “fix” for education.

Proposed constitutional amendments pending before state lawmakers would allow for public money to be used for private or religious schools. Supporters see this as a way to allow for more choice in where parents send their kids to school but critics fear it could siphon needed money from public schools. The measures need two-thirds vote in each the state House and Senate to pass.

Begich told state lawmakers public dollars are for public schools, “period.”

Begich says there is already plenty of school choice in Alaska’s public system and there are “examples of excellence” everywhere.

But he also questioned whether the state was adequately funding schools.

(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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