- Associated Press - Thursday, April 17, 2014

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - One of the last major bills to come together in the Senate this session could be the education package.

Senate Finance Committee co-chair Kevin Meyer says members are trying to figure out what they want in their version of HB278. Meyer has charts in his office breaking down elements that have been proposed as part of the bill and issues that could be incorporated, such as a study on the per-pupil funding formula.

One hot-button issue is funding. The House proposed roughly a $300 increase in the base student allocation over three years plus $30 million in one-time funding for districts.

Meyer favors a three-year approach to help districts better plan but says it hasn’t been decided whether funding would be in the formula, outside it or a combination.

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