Legislature(2003 - 2004)
2003-03-05 House JournalFull Journal pdf
2003-03-05 House Journal Page 0445 HB 171 HOUSE BILL NO. 171 by the House Rules Committee by request of the Governor, entitled: "An Act repealing the charter school grant program; and providing for an effective date." was read the first time and referred to the House Special Committee on Education and the Health, Education & Social Services and Finance Committees. The following fiscal note(s) apply: 1. Fiscal, Dept. of Education & Early Development The Governor's transmittal letter dated March 5, 2003, follows: "Dear Speaker Kott: Under the authority of art. III, sec. 18, of the Alaska Constitution, I am transmitting a bill that would discontinue the state start-up grants for charter schools. The state grant program, implemented in FY2002, allocates $500 per ADM for each new charter school. This funding was intended to supplement the federal start up grants for charter schools. The Alaska Department of Education and Early Development is working closely with U.S. Department of Education to increase the level of start-up grants provided by the federal government therefore eliminating the need for the state supplemental grant program beginning in FY 2005. The state will allocate to a new charter school $150,000 a year for the first three years and $45,000 in the forth year for a total of $495,000 in start up funds over the four year period. 2003-03-05 House Journal Page 0446 This bill is effective July 1, 2004. The delayed implementation will allow the state to fulfill its commitment of start-up grants to the existing charter schools. Any new charter schools approved to operate in FY 2004 will be eligible for the federal grant funds. I urge your prompt and favorable action on this measure. Sincerely, /s/ Frank H. Murkowski Governor"