Photos: Juneauites testify before Alaska Senate on education funding
Sitting in front of the Alaska Senate Finance Committee, Juneau schools superintendent Mark Miller held up a Magic 8-Ball.
For the past several years, Miller has had to draft a school budget proposal before knowing how much money the Alaska Legislature will provide. He told lawmakers he’s tried using charts and analysis, then he settled upon the device he bought from a thrift store.
“I joke, but it’s not really funny,” Miller said. “It’s hard to know that we have $40 billion sitting in a (Permanent Fund) savings account, and we’re arguing about how many $40,000 single-mother teachers we’re going to lay off next year.”
In public testimony Friday morning, Miller was among more than two dozen Juneau residents who urged the committee to approve a spending plan that provides reliable, increased funding for Alaska’s public school system.
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