Next legislative session
The 2013 session of the Alaska State Legislature runs Jan. 15 - April 14, 2013.
2013 Legislative Priorities
ASD's Strategic Plan
90% of students will be proficient in reading, writing and math
90% of students will graduate high school
Every student attends school at least 90% of the time
90% of parents would recommend their child's school
100% of staff and students feel safe at school
Every child. At least one year's growth. Every year.
Financial stability and predictable funding
ASD asks that the state and legislature provide stable, predictable funding that at least keeps up with inflation so schools can keep the focus on the classrooms and make sustainable change.
State retirement system liability
ASD strongly supports continued state support of the state retirement system liability. However, using retirement system funding to replace any increases to the BSA results in less funding for classrooms.
Major maintenance reimbursement
ASD asks the state to provide reimbursement for operating budget investments for major maintenance work. This change would allow the district to rely less on debt for this critical district responsibility.
Local control priority
For several decades, state requirements on school districts have dramatically increased. In many cases, these requirements have significantly shifted educational program management from local to state control. ASD requests that DEED compile the list of all state-imposed statute and regulation requirements on local school districts. This list needs to be the basis of review regarding the efficacy of individual state mandates and whether they work for all districts.
ASD will continue to review legislation as it moves through the legislative process, and is committed to providing specific and timely feedback during the session.