Parnell education plan drawing debate

Posted: Tuesday, January 26, 2010

JUNEAU - Alaska lawmakers begin their first full week of work Monday, with several of Gov. Sean Parnell's proposals already drawing debate or getting attention.

Among those: his plan to set aside $400 million from savings to generate earnings that would provide scholarships for good students.

Parnell has said his plan also would aid students who need help paying for college, though lawmakers who want to see a greater meld of merit- and needs-based scholarships have so far seemed noncommittal to Parnell's overall plan.

There are concerns, too, about how accessible scholarships would be, given the more limited curricula in some rural schools.

Overall, though, some believe the plan could shed a light on problem areas in the state's public education system.

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