Governor Dunleavy announces full restoration of Early Learning funding

ANCHORAGE, (KTUU) - Governor Dunleavy made a major announcement Tuesday regarding the restoration of education-related funds within HB 2001.

Dunleavy announced a full restoration of Early Learning funding for the fiscal year 2020.

Funding restoration in HB 2001 include:

  • $6.8 million to Head Start Grants
  • $1.2 million to Early Childhood Grants
  • $474,000 to Parents as Teachers Grants
  • $320,000 to Best Beginning Grants
  • Dunleavy says the above grants are in addition to $2 million enacted in the FY20 budget for Pre-Kindergarten Grants, as well as the $4.2 million unspent grants carried forward from FY19.

    During the announcement, Dunleavy said, "We were hoping this would be done in April, well before the fiscal year."

    The Alaska Senate and House have passed a budget bill (HB 2001) that would restore the majority of the governor’s vetoes with a roughly $1,600 Permanent Fund dividend.

    HB 2001 passed through the Senate 17-1 with Republican Sens. Shelley Hughes and Mike Shower excused from the call.

    The governor has until Aug. 30 to decide whether to sign the bill into law, allow it to become law without his signature, to veto the entire bill, or to veto certain items within it.

    This is a developing story, Check back for details.

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