• Forecast
  • News Tip
  • Categories
Temperature Precipitation
Estimated read time
1m 57s

Frustrated parents discuss proposed school budget cuts

By KTVA Alaska 11:02 AM January 26, 2014

"This isn't the Alaska I grew up in."

ANCHORAGE -Parents concerned and frustrated over proposed budget cuts at the Anchorage School District met Saturday to find solutions.

“Year after year after year I’m seeing so many cuts happening and we’re getting down to the point where it’s bare bones and it’s very directly affecting my kids,” said Janel Walton.

Walton was one of the many parents, students, educators, politicians and community members who attended the meeting at Winterberry Charter School. Three parents, who wanted to educate and initiate a school budget battle plan, organized it.

“As we all know, there are cuts that are being proposed for the Anchorage School District and districts across the state,” said Becca Bernard, one of the organizers.

The cuts are a result of flat funding for education across the state, she said.

Gov. Sean Parnell proposed to increase school funding for the first time in four years during his State of the State speech Wednesday.

Even with the proposed increase, ASD would still be left with almost 150 position cuts this year, said Rep. Les Gara, D-Anchorage.

“Something close to losing a thousand staff, teachers, guidance counselors over the last four years,” Gara said. “That’s moving education backwards.”

Some of the ideas mentioned during the meeting were to rally, to contact lawmakers, to do away with SB 182 — which caps municipal funding for schools — and to file a class action lawsuit.

“Ketchikan is deciding that they’re going to be suing the State of Alaska.” Walton said. “Anchorage needs to investigate it as well.”

Walton believes there is a violation of what is supposed to be done in terms of adequate school funding.

“This isn’t the Alaska I grew up in,” she said.

“We’ve got to keep it strong,” said Tina Bernoski, another meeting organizer. “I’ll use the governor’s quote, ‘Alaska strong’ but let’s mean it. Let’s not just throw out chump change. Let’s mean it and do it for our kids.”

Organizers said they hope the ideas proposed will serve as a call to action for the hundreds of thousands of people that call Alaska home and that count on its school systems to educate their youth.

They hope people will attend the next school board meeting to voice their concerns about the budget plan.

The meeting is scheduled for Feb. 3 at the ASD Education Center at 6:30 p.m.

Latest Stories

  • DayBreak

    What’s in a rose?: The meaning behind your Valentine’s Day flowers

    by Sierra Starks on Feb 12, 11:29

    The team at Bagoy’s Florist & Home is planning to trim, snip and place 35,000 flower stems in preparation for their busiest holiday of the year. “It’s kind of like preparing for the Super Bowl,” said Chanda Mines, the flower shop’s owner. “The closer we get to the holiday, the more intense it gets.” Game […]

  • DayBreak

    Mic Check in the Morning: DJ Spencer Lee

    by Daybreak Staff on Feb 12, 11:10

    It’s a Valentine’s Day event for the whole family. Baby Loves Disco is back, and the Valentine’s Day edition is expected to be better than ever. The event’s organizer Spencer Shroyer, also known as DJ Spencer Lee, joined Daybreak Friday where he was spinning some love-inspired beats. The event is for parents and kids who […]

  • DayBreak

    Daybreak Adopt-A-Pets: Feb. 12, 2016

    by Daybreak Staff on Feb 12, 11:03

      ANCHORAGE – From Anchorage Animal Care and Control This Valentine’s Day, why not bring home a bundle of fur who’s looking for love?   Guinea pigs Reece and Ellie & Sylvia and Peyton: These guinea pigs love to sit in your lap and munch on lettuce, carrots and even tomatoes. And a little chin […]

  • News

    AFD responds to fire in East Anchorage Friday morning

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Feb 12, 10:07

    The Anchorage Fire Department responded to a report of a fire on East 12th Avenue Friday morning. KTVA was on scene and were told there are no injuries reporting in connection to the fire, which appears to be put out at this time. The fire occurred on the second floor, where the damage was most […]

  • Sports

    Confirmed: Iditarod ceremonial start in Anchorage, restart in Willow

    by Dave Goldman on Feb 12, 9:58

    Neither rain nor sleet nor lack of snow stops the Iditarod. Yes, the Last Great Race has a new philosophy. Weather has never been a hindrance before, though recently it has been uncooperative. But Friday, Iditarod CEO Stan Hooley and race officials decided against moving the restart to Fairbanks, keeping it in Willow. This had been […]

  • News

    Fairbanks debates federal proposal on Alaska predator hunts

    by Associated Press on Feb 12, 9:04

    Fairbanks residents have shown support for a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposal that would ban some bear, wolf and coyote hunts on federal wildlife refuges in Alaska. The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports that a majority of people who testified at a public hearing in Fairbanks Wednesday were in favor of the federal agency’s predator hunting […]

  • News

    Sitka to act on recommendations in landslide study

    by Associated Press on Feb 12, 8:35

    Sitka officials say they plan to make land development improvements following the release of a study on the August landslides. The Sitka Sentinel reports the consulting firm Shannon & Wilson presented their findings Tuesday at a Sitka Assembly meeting. The report examined the causes of the Aug. 18 landslide above Kramer Avenue that left three people […]

  • Crime

    Troopers arrest man suspected in violent home eviction

    by Associated Press on Feb 12, 8:23

    A Houston, Alaska, man has been arrested for taking part in a home eviction that Alaska State Troopers say turned violent. Troopers took a report Saturday night of a stabbing at a home at Mile 53 Parks Highway and learned two men had tried to evict a family at the request of a third party. […]