Hearing Requested on Alleged Illegal Spending by the Alaska DOE
March 19, 2016
(SitNews) Juneau, Alaska - A group of Alaska House Majority Members have requested a joint Education Committee hearing to investigate allegations that the Alaska Department of Education and Early Development has expended funds in violation of AS 14.07.020 (b).
Through the passage of House Bill 278 in 2014, the intent of the legislature was that no money should be expended to implement educational curriculum standards established by the Common Core Standards Initiative.
Representatives were shocked to hear that legislative intent, State law, and the trust of Alaskans may have been violated and thought it was appropriate to request a hearing on the issue.
Representative Wes Keller, R-Wasilla, Chair of the House Education Committee, stated that “It is incumbent upon us as legislators to investigate these allegations and I will be discussing this matter with Senator Dunleavy, so that we can take up this issue as soon as possible.”
“I applaud the forward and responsible thinking of my colleagues in the House. As legislators, it is up to us to ensure, in conjunction with the Departments of Law and Education and Early Development, that the statutory and fiduciary responsibility of this body, as well as the intent of the legislature is observed,” Tammie Wilson said.
The group requesting the hearing included Representatives Tammie Wilson R-North Pole, Lynn Gattis, R-Wasilla, Lance Pruitt, R-Anchorage, Cathy Tilton, R-Wasilla, Shelley Hughes, R-Palmer, Gabrielle LeDoux, R-Anchorage, and Jim Colver, R-Palmer,
Edited by Mary Kauffman, SitNews
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