Archive for the ‘Education’ Category

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

Homeschooling, A Personal Story

A Homeschooler’s Perspective by: Aaron Ackerman In the varied educational systems of the fifty states, there is one significant constant: homeschool is growing. Due to its increasing relevance as an alternative form of education in modern day society, many parents and educators are attempting to learn...
July 17th, 2013 | Education | Read More

Chicago Teachers Union in Bed with Socialists

Remember when the Chicago Teachers Union went on strike last year, closing schools to more than 350,000 kids just as the school year began? This same union is now featured on the cover of the Socialism 2013 Conference being held in Chicago this summer. The small print below the picture of the CTU striking...
May 15th, 2013 | Education, Recent News | Read More

Unchain Charter Schools & Free 1,258 Students

There is a bill in the State Legislature, HB 93, which would increase the number of charter schools in the state and help meet the strong demand for charter schools in Anchorage and the rest of Alaska. This bill would increase the number of  authorizers (those who can authorize the start up of a new...
May 7th, 2013 | Education | Read More

Vouchers can improve the fiscal health of school districts

It is a dogma used to criticize school choice so often that it sounds like a broken record: If we allow families to choose whatever school they would like to go to, there will be fiscal Armageddon—Children will leave public schools, and it will drain away funding. So goes the talking point. There...
March 23rd, 2013 | Education | Read More

Alaskans Don’t Know What They Don’t Know–About Education

It seems as if the NEA-AK and its local affiliates are using members’ dues to sponsor commercials which basically say that vouchers will destroy public education as we know it. Trouble is, most of us don’t know the state of public education in Alaska today. Well here are the facts: Did you...
February 26th, 2013 | Education, Recent News | Read More

A State at Risk: The Need for Education Reform in Alaska

In 1983, US Secretary of Education T.H. Bell released a report, A Nation at Risk: The Imperative for Education Reform, which stated the following: “If an unfriendly foreign power had attempted to impose on America the mediocre educational performance that exists today, we might well have viewed...
February 1st, 2013 | Education, Recent News | Read More
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