Alaska history bill passes House

Posted: Wednesday, February 20, 2002

JUNEAU (AP) -- Alaska students would have to study Alaska history under a bill that passed the state House on Tuesday.

The bill's sponsor, Rep. Mary Kapsner, D-Bethel, has said learning about Alaska's history will help students appreciate the state's diversity and become better informed citizens.

An Alaska history course will also help young people understand some of the complex issues facing the state today, such as the conflict over subsistence, she said.

The bill initially called for the state to spend money developing a curriculum schools could use, but Kapsner said as currently written the measure costs the state no money. Instead, nonprofit groups that support the idea have agreed to donate money or resources to put the program in place.

The House approved the bill unanimously. It now goes to the Senate.

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