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As a retired teacher, I am voting for Fran Ulmer because she believes in a strong educational system. Preparing children and young adults for successful lives is a priority for Fran. Recently our schools have had trouble meeting the educational needs of our children because of inadequate funding. Our teachers are some of the lowest paid in the nation.
As governor, Fran Ulmer will make inflation-proofing the school foundation formula a top priority. Schools cannot provide the best educational programs for children unless funding at a level that accounts for inflation is assured. And we cannot attract the best teachers unless they are paid at a level competitive with salaries in the Lower 48 states.
Fran will continue to work for full funding of our university system and for quality schools in every community. A good, well-funded, state university system will help keep our kids in Alaska where they can use their skills and educations within their own communities.
With Fran Ulmer as our next governor we can continue improving our schools and provide every community with the high quality education our children deserve.