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 […]
The legislature has heard from many connected to the public education system on SJR9, constitutional amendment. It has not heard from the voices of other Alaskans. Their voices were heard in this Poll-54% support constitutional amendment. The voice of Alaska.
Kevin Chavous writes in the Huffington Post that the public education system has changed its tune from education reform to economic equality. That system now blames parents, poor and minority students, and poverty as the cause of its woes.
Hey Anchorage, ready to play “let’s build a school”? Think $460 per square foot is a fair price? Time to let the School Board hear what you think-now.
Remember Alabama Governor George Wallace standing in the door of the University of Alabama preventing two black students from enrolling? Now Attorney General Eric Holder is standing in the door of K12 schools preventing black children from leaving failing schools via vouchers.
It seems like “everyone gets a trophy” under Alaska’s new school rating system. Do Alaska’s parents and children win when the rating system portrays such a rosy picture of our schools?
Homeschooling is thriving in America and especially in Alaska because parents want to choose the best educational fit for their kids. This is a personal story of Aaron Ackerman, his parents’ sacrifices, and how he benefited from homeschool.
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 […]