Sweeping education ballot initiative OK’d for signatures

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A voter initiative that calls for what supporters say is an Alaska Students’ Educational Bill of Rights was approved by Lt. Gov. Kevin Meyer today, upon advice of the Department of Law.

The group behind the measure can proceed with gathering signatures in petition format, and that would lead to a question being put to voters.

The initiative outlines lofty, undefined, and unquestionably expensive goals that include certain vague outcomes, such as pre-K programs, and a “quality” education for all children in a state where education spending is the highest in the nation per student, but which has some of the poorest outcomes.

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