The Sitka Assembly is meeting in special session Thursday (4-25-19) to discuss the General Fund budget, but school advocates are hoping to tip the discussion toward education.

The Sitka School Board on April 17 passed a budget for next year that cuts eight staff positions — but it’s significantly above what the City of Sitka is proposing to contribute to the district next year, by over a half-million dollars.

The advocacy effort is being led by a group called Families for Schools, which hopes one-hundred people will turn out to testify on behalf of schools Thursday evening.

Beth Short-Rhoads and other like-minded parents organized Families for Schools last fall, under the name Families for School Libraries. At the time, they wanted to restore the Blatchley librarian

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