- Associated Press - Monday, January 27, 2014

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - The chairman of the Senate Education Committee says the panel has been working on a bill that would end the high school student competency exam in case a similar idea proposed by the governor fails.

Sen. Gary Stevens filed his bill repealing the exam earlier this month, before Gov. Sean Parnell introduced an omnibus education bill that would scrap the exam and replace it with the ACT, SAT or WorkKeys skills assessment. Stevens‘ bill - a clean repeal of the test - was moved out of committee Monday.

Stevens said he supports raising the base student allocation, another provision of Parnell’s bill, but is concerned that Parnell tied an increase in per-pupil funding to passage of other aspects of his omnibus bill.

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