Teacher’s Union Unhappy with Proposed School District Cuts
100 jobs face the axe to cover $25 million shortfall
ANCHORAGE - The Anchorage School District superintendent is looking at cutting 100 jobs to make up for a $25 million budget shortfall.
Governor Sean Parnell’s budget for school districts across the state did not include an increase in the amount of money schools get per student.
“I’m from a state that went through major reductions because of the economy,” said Anchorage School District Superintendent Jim Browder. “Fortunately for us here in Alaska, it's just now starting to hit us because of our distance, and the revenue that's been coming has made it so that we haven't had to make huge reductions like other states in the nation.”
“The legislature is not funding education,” said Anchorage Education Association President Andy Holleman. “It's basically holding it flat. They want to see more programs; they want to see more things happen with the same money. We think that, unfortunately, we're thinking of cutting things that are working pretty well right now.”
The governor's budget isn't final. The legislature could change the funding for schools during this session.