Archive for the ‘Education’ Category

Anchorage Teachers, Give Yourself a Raise– A Mini-PFD

Wouldn’t it be great to put about $325 in your pocket this time of year? Members of the Anchorage Education Association can do just that if they act quickly.  This is not just teachers, it includes nurses, librarians, psychologists and all others who are required to belong to the AEA in order...
August 30th, 2017 | Education, Recent News | Read More

Does Spending More on K12 Produce Better Results?

by: Bob Griffin In the below table states are rank ordered by per capita spending on K-12 education, normalized for the difference in cost of living in each state using the cost of living tables published by the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER). The third column in the table shows how...
February 1st, 2017 | Education | Read More

Washington Teachers Union Even Wants to Close Public Charter Schools

It seems as if the teachers unions across America fight against education alternatives other than neighborhood ZIP code schools.  This is not to say that the teachers, themselves, object to alternative education channels such as charter schools.  Matter of fact, we have heard that Anchorage School...
December 8th, 2016 | Education | Read More

Who is Betsy DeVos, Trump’s Nominee to Lead Department of Education?

There has been a lot of misinformation on Betsy DeVos, philanthropist and staunch supporter of educational opportunities for all children.  Here is a quote from Wikipedia on her principles: “She and her husband worked for the successful passage of Michigan’s first charter-school bill in...
December 1st, 2016 | Education, Recent News | Read More

Education–One Size Does Not Fit All

We’ve all seen the clothing that says “one size fits all” and some times that label is correct.  However, when it comes to K12 education who knows what best education model/curriculum fits a child? This would seem to be a no-brainer.  The parents who are closest to the child and know...
September 12th, 2016 | Education | Read More

Alaska Education Funding: Spend More, Get Less

Here’s another great chart showing Alaska as a statistical outlier in K-12 spending, in constant dollars.  No other state comes close to Alaska in K-12 spending increases during this period.  Even with this spending growth our improvement in reading scores was half as fast as California and Arizona,...
March 9th, 2016 | Education, Fiscal Policy | Read More

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 for the public schools that the Base Student Allocation (BSA) has been flat funded for four years. For that specific funding item, they are correct. But one must drill down into...
February 2nd, 2016 | Education, 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...
November 13th, 2015 | Education | Read More

Alaska Kids Make Modest Gains in National Testing

by Bob Griffin But Alaska Kids Still Lagging Nationally, Especially in Low-Income Reading It’s encouraging that the 2015 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) testing conducted by the US Dept of Education showed some modest gains for Alaska kids compared to other states and DC in...
November 9th, 2015 | Education | Read More

You Choose-Bigger Schools or More Teachers

Alaska needs the Massachusetts law limiting school sizes Massachusetts has the highest performing school system in the U.S. and Alaska has one of the lowest performing school systems.  The achievement gap between kids in Alaska and Massachusetts is not trivial — as much as two years in achievement...
October 19th, 2015 | Education, Fiscal Policy | Read More

The GED is Not Just for “Drop-outs” Any More

By Donn Liston, MEd  A couple of years ago, I went to the dentist for an appointment to clean my teeth.  In the past, when I had gone to this particular “Dental Group” for a cleaning I would walk out having spent upwards of $500 for x-rays, analysis of my teeth, and cleaning.  This time, upon...
October 13th, 2015 | Education | Read More

“I Fight to End Inequality” Chant Low Income New York City Parents

“Whoever controls the education of our children controls our future”–Wilma Mankiller, former Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation There was a rally of more than 18,000 parents and children marching across the Brooklyn Bridge the other day. Why were they so enthused and inspiring? ...
October 8th, 2015 | Education | Read More

Should Public School Funds be Used for Education?

by David Nees Sometimes the simplest question has the most revealing answer. The State School Board met in Sitka from Sept 16-19. It had the usual tour of Mt. Edgecumbe School, the only one it operates as a Board.  Then it got down to the usual regulatory business. The Board had a number of big interest...
September 27th, 2015 | Education, Policy | Read More

Are Alaska Schools Underfunded?

by: Bob Griffin, Education Research Fellow During the current legislative budget battles many individuals and groups have expressed strong concerns that the budget approved by the legislature will leave Alaska schools “underfunded”. These concerns are rarely accompanied with any explanation...
May 5th, 2015 | Education, Fiscal Policy | Read More

Alaska Still Bottom Feeds in Education Rankings Compared to Other States

When it comes to investing money, most people focus on the risks and the overall return on that investment.  Likewise, when one considers a major purchase such as an automobile or major appliance, one evaluates the initial cost and the “return” in the form of functionality that investment...
April 27th, 2015 | Education, Fiscal Policy | Read More

Six Ways Alaska Can Improve Student Outcomes Without More Funding

by Bob Griffin There  has been a lot of banter and finger pointing over the last few days over the very disappointing state AMP test scores that were recently released by the Alaska Department of Education & Early Development.  Here are the statewide results for All Grades in English Language Arts...
February 20th, 2015 | Education, Recent News | Read More
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