I wanted to cheer when I heard Rep. Kawasaki's words that we should be building schools, not jails. I am writing to throw my wholehearted support behind HB 154, which funds early childhood education, and the Parents as Teachers initiative. In the wake of the news of education budgets slashed down south, I hope our own state doesn't think that cutting education is a cost-saving measure. It is a gamble, one that kids, and by extension all of us, will lose. It just makes fiscal sense to invest in the future, through schools. Please count me among those who will vote for Alaska's economic success by ensuring our kids get all the opportunities they need to be successful. I urge our local government, state legislature and governor to fully financially support education in Alaska.
Carla Jenness, Nikiski
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