Archive for the ‘Education’ Category

The Closed-Door Session of the Anchorage School Board

Alaska has an open meetings law. If you aren’t familiar with what this is, basically it requires that boards and committees elected by the public must be open to the public. The law is meant to guard the public from a board or committee that wants to close its doors to escape public scrutiny. One...
June 27th, 2012 | Education | Read More

What Would Dr. King Say?

What Would Dr. King Say?
Article VII, Section 1 of the Alaska’s Constitution, contains some language prohibiting funding sectarian schools. Where did it come from?  
June 22nd, 2012 | Education, Featured | Read More

Does the Anchorage School District want parents to be involved?

It’s a concern that’s repeated often enough: Performance of Anchorage schools could be better, but parents just aren’t involved. But, does the ASD board and administration want more parental involvement? A better question to ask is, “Does district policy encourage or discourage parental involvement?”...
June 15th, 2012 | Education, Recent News | Read More

Rotten Tomatoes Panel: Pat Higgins ASD Board Member in Marshall Islands

[June 15, 2012 4:30pm…Update…more comments have been placed at the end] The Alaska Policy Forum’s David Boyle has stirred up the Anchorage bowl with his comments on Pat Higgins. Apparently there are some who think that Mr. Higgins should be able to stay on the board after he takes...
June 14th, 2012 | Education | Read More

The Absentee School Board Member in Anchorage

By David Boyle If you voted for someone to represent you on the school board, and after starting his term, this person decided to take a job in the Marshall Islands in the South Pacific, do you think the person should be allowed to conduct school board business from that new location? Anchorage School...
May 30th, 2012 | Accountability, Education | Read More

MatSu School District Report Card

MatSu School District Report Card
The Alaska Policy Forum has released the report card for the MatSu School District for 2010-2011. If you have questions or comments about this map, feel free to email Bob Griffin, Education Research Fellow, Alaska Policy Forum at bgriffin at alaskapolicyforum dot org or David Boyle, Research Associate,...
May 29th, 2012 | Education | Read More

Resettlement Camps Lead to Better Schools

Jonathan Rothwell at the Metropolitan Policy Program at the Brookings Institute has completed a study to document the cost of housing and its relationship to school performance. It makes a difficult read. To describe it as ludicrous would be putting it very gently. Mr. Rothwell blames the lack of high...
April 24th, 2012 | Education | Read More

Alaska Preschool Spending: Does It Work?

The Alaska Legislature is considering whether to spend the funds to set up preschool. We interviewed Lisa Snell from the Reason Foundation to find out what studies show about the results of preschool when attempted in other states. Should Alaska Create a New Program for Preschool? (2.8MB)
April 5th, 2012 | Education, Fiscal Policy, Recent News | Read More

Should Alaska Adopt a Federal Curriculum?

The Anchorage School Board voted to adopt what are known as Common Core Standards which lays the groundwork for a national curriculum. Already, the Obama administration is tying federal funding to acceptance of CCS. David Boyle interviews Lance Izumi from the Pacific Research Institute to get a better...
March 23rd, 2012 | Education, Recent News | Read More

What is School Choice?

What is School Choice?
What might school choice look like for Alaska? School choice is powerful idea that empowers parents and spurs innovation and better education choices. Watch this video for a brief overview of how it works.
February 27th, 2012 | Education, Featured | Read More

Should Zip Codes Determine Destiny?

Michelle Bernard, an African-American believes that school choice is today’s civil rights issue. Ms. Bernard notes that school choice is not a Democrat or Republican issue; it is primarily a white movement from which the primary beneficiaries are the poor, Hispanic and African-American children....
February 15th, 2012 | Education | Read More

Closing of Worst Schools in Chicago Stymied-Discrimination?

A very interesting thing is happening in Rahm Emmanuel’s Chicago. The Chicago Public Schools leaders are trying to close and overhaul 17 of the city’s failing schools. However, the Chicago Teachers Union is fighting this effort to improve education for minority students by filing a lawsuit...
February 14th, 2012 | Accountability, Education | Read More

Anchorage School District Needs to Consolidate Its Classroom Space

Anchorage has dedicated more space for elementary schools than it currently needs, and it is making ASD less effective than it could be. Click to read more: Anchorage Needs to Consolidate Its Classroom Space
January 16th, 2012 | Education | Read More

Closing the Education Achievement Gap

Closing the Education Achievement Gap
“Closing the Education Achievement Gap” Dr. Ben Chavis, founder of the American Indian Model (AIM) Charter School in Oakland, California will present on the topic of motivating students, especially minority and lower income students, to achieve their maximum potential. His AIM middle school...
December 14th, 2011 | Education | Read More

Anchorage School District Report Card Map

Anchorage School District Report Card Map
Earlier in November, the Alaska Policy Forum released a report card for the schools in the Anchorage School District. With that report card as a starting point, the Forum created a more improved rating system, and integrated it into a clickable map for easier navigation. If you have questions or comments about...
November 29th, 2011 | Education, Featured, Recent News | Read More

Alaska Native Cultural Charter School Most Improved in ASD

From the 2009-10 to the 2010-2011 school year, the Alaska Native Cultural Charter School in the Anchorage School District saw the most improvement in their performance. Based on the Standard Based Assessment test scores, the charter school saw a gain of 8.7 points. To view the change in performance...
November 15th, 2011 | Education | Read More