The Dept. of Education & Early Development and the Association of Alaska School Administrators were kind enough to let me attend the second day of their summer meeting at the DEED offices on Monday, August 1. It was very helpful in keeping up-to-date on issues that schools and the department are working on.
According to this chart (http://visual.ly/chinese-new-dominant-language-internet), Chinese will be the dominant language on the internet in about five years. Will you be able to read your Google, Firefox, and Mozilla search results when they come up in Chinese? No, I won't either.
Governor Parnell's budget vetoes are due by Friday, July 1, and his goal is to cut about $400 million from the capital budget, decreasing it from $3.2 billion down to $2.8 billion. I predict he will wait until the deadline to release his vetoes because there is still talk of a last-minute deal and special session on coastal zone management. If he releases his vetoes while the legislature is in special session, they could vote to override the vetoes.
Here's an update of all the education-related legislation that passed:
The FY 11 supplemental budget was transmitted to Governor Parnell on Monday, May 16, 2011. The governor has 20 days, not including Sundays, to review the bill and make any line-item vetoes he wishes to make. His vetoes are due by Wednesday, June 8. Education-related items in SB 76 are..... Dept. of Education & Early Development Education Support Services: Executive Administration ($1,700) Administrative Services ($1,700) Information Services ($5,200)
Okay, I have pretty much stopped posting since the end of the regular session. Sorry. Lost my momentum. I really can't tell you if special session is going to wrap up by sometime next week (best case scenario), or will go thirty days with no resolution (worst case scenario). However, I find it almost unimaginable that they wouldn't reach consensus within the special session. I just can't imagine that occuring. That would be some sort of a major breakdown of government.