(48) Areas outside of organized boroughs and outside home-rule or first-class cities (49) are divided into regional educational attendance areas (REAAs).
(57) REAAs are not required to pay an RLC amount and therefore receive a higher proportion of their funding from the state.
The Ketchikan Gateway Borough has publicly raised concerns about the "underfunding of basic need" for borough and city school districts as compared to REAAs, which could form the foundation for an additional, non-Public Schools Clause challenge to the funding scheme.
(208) A local contribution is not required from the nineteen REAAs. (209) However, studies commissioned by the Ketchikan Borough assembly demonstrated that some of the municipal governments operating schools are more financially distressed than the REAAs or the unorganized boroughs that are exempt from the RLC.
However, Ketchikan Gateway Borough Manager Dan Bockhorst argues this is inconsequential because the REAAs operate under state law and may be taxed by the state.
13424 (economic damage) cover the Kenai Peninsula Borough, the Matanuska-Susitna Borough, and the contiguous Alaska jurisdictions of Chugach REAA
, Copper River REAA
, Delta/Greely REAA
, the Denali Borough, Iditarod Area REAA
, Kodiak Island Borough, Lake and Peninsula Borough, and the Municipality of Anchorage.