The (im)moral vision of the NEA

The (im)moral vision of the NEA

What kind of vision animates those who oppose school choice?

How Alaska Calculates Oil Taxes and Royalties

How Alaska Calculates Oil Taxes and Royalties

Want to know how to calculate the basics on the oil tax debate? How much is Alaska’s take and how much do producers make? Cut through the noise and chatter from both sides of the debate.

What Would Dr. King Say?

What Would Dr. King Say?

About the word “sectarian” in the Alaska Constitution…

MatSu School District Report Card

MatSu School District Report Card

The MatSu School District Report card is now available at the Alaska Policy Forum website.

The Facts on Education Funding and the Base Student Allocation

February 2, 2016 at 1:50 PM

We’ve heard the refrain many times, the BSA has been flat funded for four years. That’s like saying, “I haven’t had a raise in four years even though I had a larger Christmas bonus which more than made up for it”.

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Health Care

Alaska’s Current Medicaid Program Fraught With Waste and May Take Your PFD to Fix it

It’s just money so why should we worry?  In case you haven’t seen it, the sworn affidavit of Margaret Brodie,...
Jul 30, 2015 15:15

Energy

Three Letters That Strike Fear: EPA

Now that President Obama has delivered his new edict on climate change/global warming to us, he has empowered the EPA to...
Jun 27, 2013 15:42

Education

The Facts on Education Funding and the Base Student Allocation

There is plenty of talk about Alaska not funding public education adequately. We have heard from those who support more money...
Feb 2, 2016 13:50

Accountability

Ketchikan Gateway Borough Payroll Now Available

In the past we have provided public employee payroll information to citizens of Anchorage, the MatSu, and the State of Alaska. ...
Sep 4, 2014 17:10

Recent Articles

The Facts on Education Funding and the Base Student Allocation

We’ve heard the refrain many times, the BSA has been flat funded for four years. That’s like saying, “I haven’t had a raise in four years even though I had a larger Christmas bonus which more than made up for it”.

February 2nd, 2016 | Education, Recent News | Read More

Special Education Parents and Children Benefit from Education Savings Accounts

Why would anyone oppose a mother with a special needs child who truly benefits from education opportunities?

January 29th, 2016 | Recent News | Read More

How Big is Alaska (State Government)?

By now, most of us have heard the line, “We could cut every state employee and still not put a dent in the budget gap.”.  The implication is that we should not cut any state government and protect every state job at all costs.  How much is Alaska’s payroll?  How about more than $2 Billion.  […]

January 27th, 2016 | Recent News | Read More

Alaska Leads the Nation in Non-Education Government Workers

How top heavy is Alaska when it comes to government employees? Take a look at the numbers and see for yourself.

January 25th, 2016 | Fiscal Policy | Read More

Alaska can Save Millions and it’s Easy

Every year millions of dollars are squandered in Alaska through fraud, waste and abuse.   The State of Alaska Department of Law has stated that if national trends hold true for Alaska, then the State’s Medicaid program alone will lose millions of dollars annually.   Alaska needs to enhance and upgrade its fraud prevention program […]

January 25th, 2016 | Fiscal Policy, Recent News | Read More

Education Opportunity With K-12 Debit Cards

Have you ever wanted to get your child to a different school because the child was not flourishing in the current public school?  Have you tried to get your child into a public charter school or an alternative public school but couldn’t because of the long, long wait lists?  Do not give up!   Well, there […]

January 15th, 2016 | Recent News | Read More

Teachers’ Freedom of Speech & Association on Trial at U.S. Supreme Court

Think teachers should have the right to free speech and association? It will be determined by the US Supreme Court. Nine courageous teachers are taking on the California teachers union to gain their rights to free speech and association.

January 12th, 2016 | Recent News | Read More

Stand Up for Alaska Property Rights

On January 5th you have a great chance to support an Alaskan who is standing up for you and your Alaska Property Rights.  It’s not often when a single individual stands up to the U.S. government.  Most of us would shy away from that because we were easily intimidated and/or we didn’t have the financial […]

January 4th, 2016 | Recent News | Read More

Should Small Schools in Alaska be Closed?

Should we close smaller schools that perform very well while keeping open larger schools that have performed poorly for years? Which would you choose, size or performance?

December 16th, 2015 | Recent News | Read More

Alaska Should Follow Florida’s Lead in Education

We all want the best education system in the U.S., no doubt. The question is how do we improve Alaska’s public education system? Is it more money? Technology? Charter schools? We need to see what is working in other states, especially Florida.

December 16th, 2015 | Recent News | Read More

Alaska Plummets to 48th in Economic Freedom in the States

Alaska’s economic freedom rating drops from 2oth in 2012 to 48th! How low can we go?

December 16th, 2015 | Recent News | Read More

Education and Poverty-Cause and Effect

Professor Stephen Haycox recently authored an article in the ADN, January 23, 2015, in which he blamed rich non-minority parents for abandoning neighborhood schools and leaving lower income, minority students behind in these same failing neighborhood schools.  One thing we do agree with in his article is the title, “Education Combats Poverty, so Why Isn’t […]

November 13th, 2015 | Education | Read More

Six Ways Alaska Can Improve Student Outcomes Without More Funding

Alaska’s new test scores are out so now what do we do to get better? Here are six ideas that we should think about to improve K12 education for all Alaskan children. There is no time to waste.

November 11th, 2015 | Education, Recent News | Read More

Alaska Kids Make Modest Gains in National Testing

In Alaska public education there is good news and bad news. The good news is that upper/middle income students are improving in national test scores. Yet the bad news is that low income students are falling farther behind their counterparts in the U.S.

November 9th, 2015 | Education | Read More

Audio: The Failed Experiment of Pension Bonding

In 2008, the Alaska Legislature passed House Bill 13, which authorized the selling of bonds (debt) for investment to fill the $10 billion pension gap in PERS/TRS.

November 4th, 2015 | Fiscal Policy, Recent News | Read More

Direct Primary Care: The Hidden Nugget in the Affordable Care Act

DPC restores the heart of the physician-patient relationship, without involvement of the government or insurance companies.

October 30th, 2015 | Recent News | Read More
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