School Funding Programs Extended For A Year in Alaska

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Thursday, July 12, 2012

An extension of the Secure Rural Schools Program is part of a recently passed transportation bill. The program has been a mainstay for districts in or near National Forests in and outside of Alaska.A federal funding program key to Southeast school districts will remain in place for another year.

An extension of the Secure Rural Schools Program is part of a recently passed transportation bill. The program has been a mainstay for districts in or near National Forests in and outside of Alaska.

Senator Lisa Murkowski says the extension is only good for one year. She had hoped for more.

“The bad news is that there’s no glide path. What we were working on was a proposal that would allow for a four- to five-year phase-down, just working it down to a point that was manageable because right now there is no certainty after this year,” Murkowski says.

Alaska got more than $15 million for schools, roads and some other projects from the program earlier this year. Murkowski says the next allocation will be 5 percent less.

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