Parnell to sign education bill

Posted: Tuesday, May 11, 2010

ANCHORAGE - Gov. Sean Parnell plans to sign legislation that creates a framework for his merit scholarship program.

The bill signing is scheduled for a middle school in Anchorage Monday.

The measure falls short of what Parnell envisioned heading into and during the recently ended legislative session. He proposed a $400-million set aside to serve as an endowment for scholarships for students who meet certain achievement goals and complete a rigorous course schedule.

Some lawmakers balked at the price. Some also questioned giving scholarships to kids whose parents could afford to send them to college.

The bill that passed doesn't resolve the funding issue. A task force is to take that up during the interim.

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