- Associated Press - Friday, February 7, 2014

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - The House Education Committee will consider a sweeping array of bills involving how education is funded in Alaska on Friday.

The separate bills, if ultimately passed, would force the state to pick up the tab for statewide education rather than boroughs and municipalities. The other would allow a public vote to amend the state constitution to allow public funds be used for private and religious schools.

The bill terminating required local contributions to the education fund was introduced last week by Rep. Tammie Wilson, a Republican from North Pole. Critics say it could cost the state $200 million to further fund education. Wilson defends the bill as an issue of constitutionality.

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