April 3, 2015
An amendment to HB 72, put forward by the Senate Finance Committee yesterday, proposes a reduction to the Base Student Allocation which equates to cuts of $14.3 million in state funding and a $3.2 million local contribution to ASD. HB 72, as passed by the Alaska House of Representatives, proposes a reduction of “one-time” funding next year. For ASD, that equates to approximately $9.7 million from the state and a $2.2 million local contribution. There is also a proposed reduction to Department of Education and Early Development programs which would be a further reduction of $0.5 million for ASD. This adds up to a $29.9 million cut to ASD funding next school year.
In response to requests from legislators and Anchorage Assembly members, the district is compiling a preliminary list of possible reductions if the state approves cuts to education funding for next school year.
“I’m deeply concerned about these proposed cuts to education funding,” said Superintendent Ed Graff. “If approved, they will undoubtedly have a significant and negative impact on our students’ education here and across the state.”
Superintendent Graff and the Anchorage School Board will review the preliminary list of potential budget reductions at the next board work session, scheduled for April 6.
About 89 percent of the district’s 2015-16 budget is staff, with the majority being teachers. A $29.9 million reduction translates into the potential loss of up to 300 positions.
Learn more about the budget by visiting the Anchorage School District's budget page.