There’s technically less than 36 hours left in the Legislative Session, but education funding remains unresolved.
This morning the Senate Finance Committee delayed action on its version of the omnibus education bill (Committee Substitute for HB 278) and announced it would take it up this afternoon. Typically the Committee meets at 1:3o PM, but nothing is predictable or typical at the end of session except delay-rush-delay-rush-pause-rush-tension-votes-debate-votes-debate-votes …. so we really don’t know when the bill will be considered. Co-Chair Meyer announced changes were being made to the education bill, but what these changes look like or mean for public schools is unknown.
We DO know there’s a dynamic statewide team DOING THE WORK in the Capitol, including members of Great Alaska Schools Anchorage who are putting in 12 hour days, monitoring the action and advocating at every opportunity ! There’s a network of parents, community members, policy makers, teacher 2,000 strong ! Keep charging everyone – It’s making a difference !
To track events in the Capitol:
* 1:30 PM today is a good time to show up in Senate Finance (for those in Juneau) – citizens sporting Great Alaska Schools buttons & stickers there, and in the Capitol Halls is a good thing, anytime today.
* Facebook – check for announcements on Great Alaska Schools Anchorage and Great Alaska Schools pages.
* Web – Go to http://www.legis.state.ak.us (legislative web site) for live coverage (and archives) of committee meetings & events – click on “Live Meetings @ AKL.tv” or in lower right hand corner “Gavel to Gavel” to monitor events in the Capitol
Meanwhile, if you’ve not yet emailed or called Legislators’ offices, there’s no time to waste! (see below) Go for it!