Democrats want higher education funding

Democrats say Governor  Sean Parnell's proposal to increase classroom funding is not enough, and are offering their own plan.

They are proposing a 404 dollar increase in the per–student funding formula known as the base student allocation, or BSA.

The BSA is set in statute, and Parnell has called for an increase of 85 dollars in the next fiscal year.

Democrats say it's not enough.

Representative Les Gara of Anchorage said the Anchorage School District needs at least a 251 dollar increase per student to avoid staff cuts.

Fairbanks needs 300 dollars; and Juneau, 425.