Judge’s ruling leaves thousands of homeschooled Alaskans in uncertainty

(The Center Square) – A ruling that declared state-funded allotments for the correspondence programs has some confused as to what it means for Alaska’s more than 24,000 homeschooled children.

Gov. Mike Dunleavy crafted the law as a constitutional amendment while serving as a state senator in 2013. That measure failed and he reintroduced it as a bill in 2014 that passed and was signed into law.

The bill allows families to receive up to $4,500 in state funds for “correspondence” education. The plaintiffs questioned whether the money is permissible for homeschool or private school spending.

Anchorage Superior Court Judge Adolf V. Zeman said in his ruling that adding parameters as to how the money could be spent is not possible.

“As a result, this court finds that there is no workable way to construe the statutes to allow only constitutional spending and AS 14.03.300-.301 must be struck down as unconstitutional in their
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