As a teacher, I have kept an interested eye on state funding for education and school construction. I am voting to re-elect Sen. Kim Elton because he understands the complicated mechanics of the foundation formula, how it works for both urban and rural districts, and the need to offset the erosion of inflation on our classrooms.
Kim's opponent believes being a member of the Republican Majority is the only way to get things done. But over the years, it has been the negotiations with the Democratic minority at the end of session that has really "delivered the goods" for Juneau.
Last year, Kim was instrumental in securing funding for a new high school in the valley. Debt reimbursement and the bond package for statewide school construction were part of those end-of-the session negotiations. It was the Democratic minority that stood tall and insisted the needs of all Alaska's students be met.
I am voting to re-elect Sen. Kim Elton. He has the heart and the experience to do a good job for all of Alaska's children.