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Conference committee cobbles together operating budget

The conference committee of House and Senate members appointed to resolve differences between the versions of the Alaska state operating budget passed by the two chambers wrapped up its work Saturday, a day before the expected adjournment of the Alaska State Legislature.Over the course of the past week, the committee picked through items in the budget where allocations, language or both differed between the two versions of the budget, deciding whether to take the House version, the Senate version or a compromise somewhere in between the two.
Conference committee compromises on state operating budget

Work on the state operating budget wrapped up Saturday as the conference committee of House and Senate members appointed to resolve differences between the two chambers' versions of the budget produced a compromise document.
Constitutional amendment through a historical lens

There have been plenty of education-oriented opinion pieces written about Senate Joint Resolution 9, the proposals to amend the Constitution to allow for public money to go to private, parochial and for-profit schools. This is not one of those.
A tablet for every Alaskan student and teacher?

Top officials from the Alaska Association of School Boards testified Monday afternoon in front of two senators on a subcommittee delegated by the Senate Finance Committee to work on the Alaska Department of Education and Early Development's budget, describing the goals of a four-year initiative to provide all of Alaska's students and teachers with tablet computers.
Around Town

Around Town is a listing of local nonprofit events.
Schools facing a 'no' in money quest

In the rarefied atmosphere of the staid Senate Finance Committee room, high school senior Brandon Boyer dropped an "F-bomb."
School Board looks at coming year's priorities

The Juneau School Board accepted almost $1.5 million in grants on Tuesday at its final regular meeting of the year.
Juneau Empire Story Archive

...Building Assets in Alaska Youth, 7 p.m., Floyd Dryden Commons. Presented by Derek Peterson, director of Alaska Association of School Boards. Details: 463-1850. Parents Anonymous meeting, 6:30-8 p.m., Children's Community Center...
Juneau Empire Story Archive

Juneau Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Service, 10 a.m., Zach Gordon Youth Center. A ritual of remembrance and dedication ceremony for a chalice and pedestal will take place. Public welcome.
Senate Dems offer qualified praise for budget

Senate Democrats had some complimentary things to say about the Senate Finance Committee's version of the state operating budget, which was read on the Senate floor for the first time Wednesday morning, but they made it clear that they are still not entirely happy with the $9.87 billion proposal.Sen. Hollis French, D-Anchorage, was quick to respond to a question at a Senate minority press conference Wednesday on the draft budget with his thoughts, saying, "It's definitely an improvement."


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