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JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The Alaska Senate Education Committee is questioning the constitutionality of a bill that would fund the purchase of student equipment and technology services for correspondence schools and home schooling.

The bill sponsored by Sen. Mike Dunleavy, a Republican from Wasilla, calls for an increase from an 80-percent base student allocation for those involved in correspondence and home schooling to 100 percent.

The bill, in committee Monday, calls for establishing grant programs to fund technology equipment.

The issue of the bill's constitutionality centers on taking the state Department of Education and Early Development out of a supervisory role for the program as called for in the bill.

The bill remains in committee.

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