Anchorage School District Reaffirms Opposition to Budget Vetoes
Adrienne Reed, an Anchorage School District parent, is also the founder of the Faithful Few, which helps students take advantage of the resources around them to get an edge towards earning college scholarships. More than 100 students have gone through the program so far, but now, their resources are in danger.
"The resources that marginalized and diverse students need tremendously, to have the same playing field that the students in the Lower 48 have, those vetoes are going to cut," Reed says.
ASD itself was relatively unharmed by the budget vetoes when compared to the University of Alaska system, but school board president Starr Marsett says many of the other programs being cut will hurt students' families.
"The reductions in homeless assistance, Medicaid, early childhood, and other support services will add stress to our most at-risk students, which will negatively impact their education," Marsett says.
Marsett, Reed, and school board member Deena Mitchell are worried that cuts like these will drive families, and graduating students, out of Alaska.
"There are so many people who absolutely love this state, and are so invested in it, and... they have really hard decisions to make because they have to think about their families and their futures and make decisions that sometimes they absolutely don't want to do,” Mitchell says.
With the vote to overturn the budget vetoes failed, the future of the ASD, and of Reed's children, remain uncertain.