March 10, 2023
Dear Friends and Neighbors:
On Tuesday the governor introduced two bills, and I have already received quite a bit of feedback about them. House Bill 105, SEX/REPRODUCTION EDUCATION; SCHOOLS, is a “parental rights in education” bill and HB 106, TEACHER RECRUITMENT; LUMP SUM PAYMENT, provides bonus pay to teachers.
These bills both present an opportunity for the legislature to have meaningful conversations about our schools, and I welcome these conversations. However, I do have some concerns with HB 105. My career in education has been built on nurturing relationships with families and students in order to make sure each child has the best chance at learning, growing and having choices about the direction they go after their K-12 education. For all children in Alaska to have a rewarding school experience we need high quality teachers – the struggle to staff schools has grown, and I appreciate the governor’s recognition that this problem is greatest in the most rural and remote parts of the state in HB 106. I look forward to the conversations ahead.
I welcome your feedback on these bills. Please email me at email@example.com, or call my office at (907) 465-3732, with comments on these bills or with general questions, suggestions or concerns. If you are going to be in Juneau, I look forward to meeting with you. Just call ahead and set up a time with my office staff.
Also of note, next Friday there will not be a Southeast Swell. The week of March 19th, we will start sending out Southeast Swell on Mondays. We hope the newsletter will be a nice way for you to start your week and it will continue to help you follow the legislature.