"I am delighted that the first bill to pass my committee be one that raises the foundation formula in Alaska. As a legislator I believe I have no greater calling than to provide for Alaska's future."
- Rep. Neuman
(JUNEAU) - The House Special Committee on Education passed out its first piece of legislation earlier this week. HB 1, a bill to raise the foundation formula for K-12 education by 7% moved out of the committee on Thursday.
HB 1 will raise the basic student allocation to $4896, an increase over Governor Murkowski's request. Representative Mark Neuman (R-Mat-Su) who chairs the Committee was pleased with this result. "I am delighted that the first bill to pass my committee be one that raises the foundation formula in Alaska. As a legislator I believe I have no greater calling than to provide for Alaska's future."
HB 1 was sponsored by Representative Carl Gatto (R-Palmer) and co-sponsored by Representative Neuman. "This is a 7% increase over last year's education funding level, which in itself was the single largest increase since statehood. Education has always been a priority for me - from the school board to the legislature. We in the House continue to demonstrate our commitment to education," said Representative Gatto.
"I think this bill is an excellent example of the good work that our committee can do. I'm excited about the opportunities we have to impact the children of Alaska. As a father, I see children as Alaska's greatest resource," Representative Neuman said.
HB 1 now moves on to the House Committee on Health, Education and Social Services. The bill is scheduled to be heard on Tuesday, February 15th.