- Associated Press - Thursday, April 9, 2015

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - A major Alaska teachers’ union is running a radio ad designed to draw attention to education cuts being discussed by state lawmakers.

NEA-Alaska says the ad airing in Anchorage, Fairbanks and Juneau are in response to a proposed $47.5 million cut to school funding for next year that the Senate included in its version of the operating budget.

Lawmakers also are weighing cuts to the department of education and a proposal by Gov. Bill Walker to cut $52 million in one-time funds over the next two fiscal years that lawmakers approved for schools last session.

The proposed cuts come as the state grapples with multibillion-dollar deficits amid low oil prices.

NEA-Alaska president Ron Fuhrer, in a release, said Alaska kids should be held harmless as lawmakers address the budget problem.

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