JUNEAU, Alaska - The state Board of Education is scheduled next week to consider requests from 23 school districts seeking waivers from a requirement that they budget at least 70 percent of their operating expenses for instruction.
Education Commissioner Michael Hanley recommends the requests be approved.
The law requires that school districts budget for and spend at least 70 percent of their operating expenses each fiscal year on instruction. Districts can seek a waiver, which the board can grant if it deems a district's failure to meet the standard is beyond its control.
Reasons cited by Hanley, in recommending that waivers be granted, include the cost of non-instructional items, like fuel, electricity and insurance, and low enrollment.
Over the last 10 years, the number of budget waivers has been as high as 32.