Archive for the ‘Education’ Category

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

Live Free or Die in New Hampshire

The New Hampshire Supreme Court just ruled that the state’s low income family scholarship program which provided funds to allow children to attend private, public tuition-charging schools, or pay for homeschooling expenses could continue because the objectors (plaintiffs) in this case did not have...
August 28th, 2014 | Education | Read More

GAS Throws Money at Education with no Accountability Measures

by Bob Griffin We have heard many times through the local media about the wonderful job that Great Alaska Schools (GAS) has done to improve education in Alaska. But what exactly has GAS proposed to improve the public K-12 education system other than advocate for a more expensive version of the failing...
June 19th, 2014 | Accountability, Education | Read More

Great Teachers are the Most Important Factor in Educating our Youth

by: David Nees The Alaska Policy Forum is continuing to participate in the Education Matters series, a continuation of Mayor Sullivan‘s Education Summit.  The latest meeting was on May 9, 2014 and focused on teacher preparation and quality. Three guest speakers made presentations followed by a series...
June 12th, 2014 | Education, Recent News | Read More

Anchorage School District’s Spending Dilemma

During the recent legislative session we heard cries of “Increase the BSA, $404 this year, and $125 for each of the next two years”. Unheard from the vocal supporters of spending more money on public education was, “Let’s increase student achievement”. The chant of “Send...
May 12th, 2014 | Accountability, Education | Read More

Anchorage School District Payroll for 2013

In the interest of providing as much transparency as possible, the Policy Forum is posting the payroll for the Anchorage School District. This allows the citizens of Anchorage and Alaska the opportunity to view the compensation in salaries and benefits that our District employees receive. These facts...
April 4th, 2014 | Education, teacher pay | Read More

Poll: Alaska Voters Support School Choice

Voters in Alaska decidedly favor school vouchers and other educational choice policies that would provide parents a range of options when it comes to educating their children, according to a poll released by the Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice. A school voucher system allows parents the option...
February 6th, 2014 | Education | Read More

New Blame Game Starts With Education System

The defenders of the current “underperforming”  public education system have found some new targets to blame for lower academic outcomes. These include parents, poor students, minority students and most of all poverty. Society’s ills are responsible for low public school performance...
February 6th, 2014 | Education, Recent News | Read More

How Much Should Anchorage Pay for a School?

by Bob Griffin Is Anchorage ready to vote on a bond to refurbish/remodel a school? That’s what the School Board will take up at its October 7th meeting. Get ready to hear “it’s all about the kids, we don’t care how much it costs because the taxpayer will bear the burden and the...
October 4th, 2013 | Accountability, Education, Recent News | Read More

US Department of Justice Wants to Keep Black Children in Failing Schools

The long arm of the US Department of Justice reached down into the Louisiana Public School System to require minority children to remain in failing public schools. Just like Alabama Governor George Wallace stood in the door to keep black students from entering the University of Alabama in 1963, Attorney...
September 3rd, 2013 | Education, Recent News | Read More

Alaska Fools Everyone with New School Rating System

by Bob Griffin The new Five-Star school rating system unveiled by the State of Alaska deceives parents into believing that the schools their children attend are doing much better than they really are. The new system, known officially as the Alaska School Performance Index (ASPI), was adopted under the...
August 19th, 2013 | Education, Recent News | Read More
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