02/12/12 - 12:42am
JUNEAU — A bill that guarantees three years of increased funding to Alaska school districts passed the state Senate on Friday.
The vote was 18-2, with Republican Sens. John Coghill of North Pole and Fred Dyson of Eagle River dissenting. The measure now goes to the House.
Senate Education Committee co-chairs Kevin Meyer, R-Anchorage, and Joe Thomas, D-Fairbanks, said SB171 was a response to educators who showed overwhelming support for a multi-year increase to give districts long-term planning ability with their budgets.