By Pacific Island Times News Staff
Sen. Christopher M. Dueñas has introduced an amendment that will ensure the much-needed funding he originally allocated for the Guam Department of Education through his Bill 32-37, now Public Law 37-5, is seen.
The amendment would allocate his initial request for $20 million to the department, which has already been appropriated to the agency from the 2023 general fund, for repairs and maintenance of school infrastructure and grounds, to meet safety, sanitation, and education requirements including but not limited to the purchase of equipment, materials and supplies, and the hiring of skilled workers.
The proposed amendment represents a continuation of financial support, carrying over funding from fiscal year 2023’s general fund to address ongoing educational needs, according to a press release from the senator's office.
"We understand the significance of a well-funded education system in nurturing the talents and potential of young minds. This amendment underscores our dedication to empowering the Guam Department of Education and their students, equipping them for success," said Dueñas.
In the event that the proposed amendment is deemed out of order by the fiscal chair, Dueñas said he is prepared to take alternative action and suggest that the amendment be moved to the miscellaneous section of the bill, ensuring that the original $20 million allocation passed for the education agency is given to them.