Gov. Michael Dunleavy originally hoped to have the spending package that contains the Permanent Fund dividend ready this week. But he and his staff are not ready to sign HB 2001, but will do so on Monday.
Dunleavy today announced two school-related items he will not veto:The Online library program known as OWL, and the live homework help program:
The amounts come to $809,100 for the two programs.
“Like funds restored earlier in the week for Head Start, Early Childhood Grants and other early learning programs, these decision were made after significant input from Alaskans,” Dunleavy said. “While we hoped to have these issues cleared up months ago, it’s important we announce these items now before the start of the school year.”
Online with Libraries (OWL) – Restored $670,900
- OWL Online with Libraries provides State funds that together with federal E-rate funds and local funds builds the capacity of public libraries around the state to support broadband internet services and supply videoconferencing capability for Alaskans.
- This program helps support students who need access to computers after school hours by enhancing access at public libraries.
Live Homework Help (LHH) – Restored $138,200
- Live Homework Help provides online tutoring services to help Alaskan students better perform in courses, participate in statewide initiatives such as the Alaska Performance Scholarship Awards, meet goals, and prepare for post-secondary success.