ANCHORAGE (KTUU) — Facing significant spending cuts in Gov. Dunleavy’s proposed budget — including slashing hundreds of millions of dollars for K-12 education in the upcoming budget year — the Anchorage School District is considering making dramatic reductions.
Salaries and benefits make up 87.5 percent of the district’s budget. The rest is tied up in buildings, supplies and equipment, and insurance, among other items.
That basically means teachers and staff would have to be cut.
ASD says that under the governor’s proposed budget, out of its current 1,837 teachers, 518 in instruction — 28 percent — would be cut.
On top of that, special education would lose 269, support services 100, school administration and support 85, district administration 47, and operations and maintenance would be