Alaska School Choice: Should State Money Be Used to Fund Private Schools?

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Friday, March 16, 2012

Summer is only months away and the school year is winding down, but talk of education funding in Alaska is just gearing up.

House Bill 145 was introduced last year but just recently gained ground in the state House, legislation that if passed will essentially provide parents with state money so they can send their kids to private schools if they wish.

The purpose of the bill is to create the Parental Choice Scholarship Program, helping cut the tuition bill for parents sending children to private school.

Parents could choose to pull their kids from public schools and send them to private schools. Those private schools would receive money from the state, in the form of a scholarship on behalf of the student. The amount of the scholarship would then be deducted from the amount the parent owes as tuition.

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