Archive for the ‘Education’ Category

Survey Says–Military Families Favor Education Savings Accounts

“We got orders and we’re moving this summer.” These can be some of the most challenging words a military member can utter to a family. Reactions can range from, “Not again, we just got here!” to “Great news, I hate this place.” Of course, these reactions depend on whether they come...
November 9th, 2017 | Education, Recent News | Read More

It’s Time For Educational Accountability in Alaska

The recently-released PEAKs student test scores should be eye-opening for parents, students and every Alaskan who values public K-12 education. Unfortunately, these recent test scores are not just an anomaly; they are further evidence that Alaska’s K-12 education system needs some drastic reforms,...
October 25th, 2017 | Accountability, Education, Recent News | Read More

Online maps of 2017 Alaska public school test results now available

The Alaska Policy Forum has released online maps visually depicting school test results from the recently released Performance Evaluation for Alaska’s Schools, or PEAKS. The PEAKS assessment is a general overview of public student performance at grade-level standard for English Language Arts (ELA)...
October 18th, 2017 | Education, Transparency | Read More

Chronic School Absenteeism: More to the Story

On Sep 18, Charles Wohlforth posted an opinion piece in the ADN with a headline that read:  “A fourth of Alaska students are chronically absent. No wonder test scores are so bad.”   In his piece he says, “If parents are satisfied with ignorance, so will their children be.”...
October 6th, 2017 | Education | Read More

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, Labor, 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
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