MIKE COPPOCK

Panel moves bill honoring Alaska Native languages

JUNEAU - Surrounded by a cheering crowd, some wearing Alaska Native traditional clothing, the House State Affairs committee on Tuesday moved a bill symbolically adding 20 native languages to the list of official languages of the state. Read more

Senate panel considers dual track tenure system

JUNEAU - The Senate Education Committee on Monday took testimony on a bill that would increase the number of years a teacher would have to be in the classroom to reach tenure. Read more

House Education moves 'Erin's Law'

JUNEAU - The House Education Committee on Friday advanced the so-called "Erin's Law," which is an effort to prevent childhood sexual abuse. Read more

Questions raised over Alaska Native language bill

JUNEAU - A bill that would symbolically make 20 Alaska Native languages as official languages of the state got some real-world pushback Thursday. House Bill 216's co-sponsor, Rep. Read more

House puts hold on education measure

JUNEAU - A measure intended to delay implementation of new education standards suffered a serious setback Wednesday when the House Education Committee held it with only a few weeks left in the session. The sponsor of House Resolution 9, Rep. Read more

House Finance hears student restraint bill

JUNEAU - The House Finance Committee heard testimony Tuesday on a bill covering procedures and training for the restraint of public school students. Republican Charisse Millett of Anchorage is sponsoring House Bill 210. Read more

House passes bill to end high school exit exam

JUNEAU - The Alaska House on Tuesday approved a repeal of the state high school graduation exam. The vote was 32-5. The measure now goes to the Senate. The exit exam tests student aptitude in reading, English and mathematics. Read more

House panel hears breakdown on educational costs

JUNEAU - The Legislative Finance Division told the House Finance Committee on Monday that Alaska will spend $1.4 billion on education this fiscal year, and if current spending levels continue, two major reserve funds will be depleted within a decade. Read more

House moves PTSD sentencing bill

JUNEAU - The House Special Committee on Military and Veterans' Affairs moved a bill Thursday allowing judges to consider post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injuries as a mitigating factor during sentencings of combat veterans. Read more

University president says gun bill unacceptable

JUNEAU - University of Alaska President Pat Gamble told the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday a bill permitting concealed handguns on campus is unacceptable. Read more

House Education considers delaying lesson standards

JUNEAU - The House Education Committee began hearing testimony on a resolution Wednesday to delay implementing new English language and mathematics standards for Alaska. House Resolution 9, sponsored by Rep. Read more

House Finance tackles charter school worries

JUNEAU - The House Finance Committee on Tuesday continued its discussion of Gov. Sean Parnell's omnibus education bill, focusing on the charter schools. Read more

Senate Education moves bill on grant program

JUNEAU - The Alaska Senate Education Committee moved a bill Monday aimed at creating a grant program to assist correspondence studies. Senate Bill 100 was sponsored by Sen. Mike Dunleavy, R-Wasilla. Read more

Senate committee moves gov's education omnibus bill

JUNEAU - The Alaska Senate Education Committee moved Gov. Sean Parnell's omnibus education bill Friday after rejecting amendments offered by the committee's lone Democrat. The bill moves to the Senate Finance Committee. Read more

Alaska Senate passes sweeping crime bill

JUNEAU - With a possibility of building an expensive prison within three years staring them in the face, the Alaska Senate unanimously passed a sweeping crime bill Friday hoping to stem Alaska's rising inmate population. Read more

Senate panel correction allows minor citations to be posted to windshields

JUNEAU - An Alaska Senate committee on Thursday approved a bill proposing to delete language in a state law that requires authorities to serve minor citations in person. Senate Bill 116, sponsored by Democratic Sen. Read more

House Education passes Governor's omnibus bill

JUNEAU - The Alaska House Education Committee moved Gov. Sean Parnell's omnibus education bill with 18 amendments, while its counterparts in the state Senate deleted sections. Read more

Crime bill tries to slow Alaska incarceration rate

JUNEAU - Prisons. Jail time. Incarceration. Those words for Alaska may mean something radically different if a sweeping crime bill, shepherded by Senate Majority Leader John Coghill, R-North Pole, passes the Legislature. Read more

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