Alaska spends loads of money and some want to spend even more on K12 education. Why? What will be the return on that investment? Is there any accountability for student achievement and spending buckets of money on K12?
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”.
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 […]
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.
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 […]
Is the newly revised GED made for more Alaska students? Today’s GED is personalized for each student so instruction can focus on and remediate shortcomings.
Why does the public school community fear involved parents? Because truth shines the light on what is really happening. The real issue is “are low income students being discriminated against when it comes to a quality public education”? Are they being held on an economic plantation?
We always hear that our Alaska schools are unfunded. Now the Department of Education & Early Development would like to remove restrictive language that prohibits education dollars from being used to fund elections, recalls, initiatives and other various non-education issues. What do you think? Should school districts be allowed to use public funds to pay for elections?
We continue to hear the shouts of broken “promises”, “fully fund education”, “adequately fund education”, and legislators are destroying public education. Where’s the truth? Let’s look at the data and facts to see if Alaska is adequately funding public education.
What is Alaska getting for its money in public education? We hear from special interests that we can’t possibly cut education. The big question is “how do we sustain the current spending for public education and how do we improve public education?”.
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.
Supreme Court wins one for the kids in New Hampshire. Thanks Institute for Justice.
Will throwing more money at public schools improve education for students? That’s what the GAS group believes. Alaska spends more per capita on public education than 49 other states and ranks near the bottom in results.
Wouldn’t it be great to have an outstanding teacher in every Alaska classroom? Alaska can make that happen by improving its education colleges so it can graduate top notch teachers who can motivate our students to excel.
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 […]
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 […]