It appears that a push to amend the state constitution for the so-called "school choice" movement may not get a vote before the House of Representatives.
Currently, the Alaska Constitution prohibits state money's use toward private schooling. HJR 16 would have required a "supermajority" of House lawmakers to amend the constitution. If passed, that could have cleared the way for House Bill 145, which would essentially provide parents with state money to send their kids to private or religious schools.
The bill had become a political hot potato in Alaska during a year when lawmakers grappled with school funding and other education-related issues.