- Associated Press - Monday, January 27, 2014

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - Three more Republican senators have signed onto a proposed constitutional amendment that would allow public money to be used for private and religious schools.

Sens. Lesil McGuire, Anna Fairclough and Charlie Huggins signed onto SJR9 after Gov. Sean Parnell, in his State of the State address last week, called on lawmakers to debate and send the proposal to voters to decide.

That brings to at least eight the number of Republicans in the GOP-controlled Senate who have signed on.

The resolution, from Sen. Mike Dunleavy, proposes striking a provision in Alaska’s Constitution that prohibits the state from using public funds for the direct benefit of private and religious schools.

Critics fear the proposal could siphon money from the public education system. Supporters say it would allow for more school choice.

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