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Changes to education system need careful vetting

Posted: March 5, 2014 - 9:43am

The Constitutional amendment to use state funds for private schools has lots more work by the current legislature before it is sent to the people. This major change to Alaska’s Constitution should be fully vetted and passed by the current legislature before something so important is sent to the people for a vote. The accountability issues have not been widely understood nor have the long term ramifications for public education been carefully and thoroughly studied. These are major legislative issues that should be fully clarified.

The other issue that has not been widely discussed is the example of Finland. Finland’s public schools are fully funded by the state. These students have the highest achievement level in the world. There are no private schools in Finland. All public schools are fully funded.

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