There was a press conference on the settlement of the Moore case on Thursday, January 26, 2012 in the attorney general's office in Juneau. The basic details of the settlement are that there will be a one-time appropriation of $18 million, subject to legislative approval. Four programs addressing low achievement in struggling schools will be created with that funding:
1. Two-year kindergarten and related pre-literacy programs,
2. Targeted resources grant fund,
3. Teacher retention grant fund,
4. HSGQE remediation reimbursement program
Schools eligible to participate in numbers 1, 2, and 4 are the forty schools with the lowest scores on the Modified School Growth Index for the previous three years. A school is eligible regardless of whether it is located in an intervention district or not. Number three is not limited to the forty lowest scoring schools, but those schools shall have preference.
The four programs established by the settlement will initially be funded by the $18 million settlement. At least $6 million of the $18 million will be used for two-year kindergarten and pre-literacy programs.
Here is a link to the press conference video and audio: http://gavelalaska.org/media/?media_id=PCON120126A