There was a press conference on the settlement of the Moore case on Thursday, January 26, 2012 in the attorney general's office in Juneau. The basic details of the settlement are that there will be a one-time appropriation of $18 million, subject to legislative approval. Four programs addressing low achievement in struggling schools will be created with that funding:
The subcommittee held their budget closeout Thursday morning and it almost looked like they weren’t going to finish the subcommittee process. Rep. Seaton was very concerned about the subcommittee recommendations, and that the proposed cuts to DEED might be extensive enough that the department would be unable to carry out their mission. Before the recess for joint session it appeared as though members weren’t going to accept the subcommittee report.
I am offering trial subscriptions to the Alaska Education Update for the remainder of the legislative interim (until January 17, 2011) to increase the visibility of the Alaska Education Update, and hopefully garner some new subscriptions for next session. I am looking at lowering subscription rates for the smallest school districts and organizations, so that the information is more widely accessible. Increasing the number of overall subscriptions will help in that regard.
During the July 30 Legislative Budget & Audit hearing the agenda was a request for a DEED audit and testimony from the plaintiffs' attorneys in the Moore vs. State of Alaska case. It was a very interesting discussion of legislative versus departmental versus local control of education.
Judge Gleason’s 2007 Decision, pages 173-174, says: 1. “The Alaska Constitution requires that the Legislature..... “establish and maintain a system of public schools….”
Pages 147-154 of the Moore vs. State of Alaska 2007 Decision contain a summary of Alaska court interpretations of the Alaska Constitution's Education Clause. They are very interesting. Follow the title link above to access documents related to the case, including the pages referenced above.