Dunleavy Signs Bill Authorizing Compact State-Tribal Schools Opportunity – Mike Dunleavy

Today, Governor Mike Dunleavy signed Senate Bill 34 (SB 34), sponsored by Senator Gary Stevens, which provides an opportunity for tribes to voluntarily request the establishment of a state-tribal compact school. Governor Dunleavy believes this legislation will expand school choice while improving student outcomes.

“As an educator, I am excited about this innovative step to facilitate state-tribal pilot projects,” Governor Dunleavy said. “We can improve our educational outcomes, increase school choice, and respect the heritage and culture of our tribes. The State-Tribal Compact Schools will create a new pathway to prepare our children to be productive and strong members of the community.

“This is a historic opportunity to embrace our unique Alaskan Native heritages, providing a means for local tribal governments to chart their own course in educating young Alaskans,” said Sen. Gary Stevens. “I am proud to have contributed and to be part of this historic occasion.”

“We collectively want to preserve our language, culture and traditional ways of life,” said Julie Kitka, president of the Federation of Alaska Natives. “Educational compaction is a way to improve the education of our tribal children.”

This legislation will give Alaskan tribes the ability to voluntarily request the establishment of a state-tribal compact school. SB 34 will expand school choice options while respecting Indigenous ways of learning. In addition, this legislation aims to improve educational outcomes and graduation rates by fostering state-tribal partnerships.