Representative Lynn Gattis, House District 9, has introduced HB 93 which will increase the types of authorizers of charter schools. Authorizers are those entities that can approve/disapprove/close charter schools. Currently, only public school […]
Governor Parnell has recommended that the State Board of Education and Early Development (Board) “set the bar higher in weighting teacher and administrator evaluations based on student learning”. Currently, the Board has set […]
Math is one of the core subjects. It is in any education program anywhere in the world. Like it or hate it, you use it every day. Have a bad grasp of basic […]
This past week, Anchorage was almost blown away by an early season wind storm that uprooted and blew down many trees, especially on the east side of town. Of course, in Alaska neighbors […]
The Anchorage School Board is considering adopting the proposed union contract renewal with Teamsters Local 959 (bus drivers/attendants) which will require the taxpayer to help bail out an underfunded Teamster Pension Fund. Why […]
This month the Anchorage School District had to send out more than 8,000 letters to parents who had children in failing Anchorage Schools. These letters were to inform parents that they had the […]
The Anchorage School Board will spend $2,107,660 of Federal taxpayer dollars to grow the after-school dinner program for 12 schools in the 2012-2013 school year (Memo #19, ASD School Board) at its August […]
Indiana launched a school voucher program in 2011 which provided Choice Scholarships to students whose families had household incomes not more than 150 percent of the Federal free/reduced price (FRPL) lunch program criterion. […]
We often hear from the educational community that parents are not involved in their children’s education. But do the educators really want substantive parental involvement in education or are they blaming parents for […]
The ASD School Board shouldn’t be discussing this issue behind closed doors.
About the word “sectarian” in the Alaska Constitution…
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?
Some aren’t too happy with the Alaska Policy Forum’s comments about Pat Higgins.
Pat Higgins, ASD school board member, has taken a job in the Marshall Islands, but thinks he can fulfill his duties by phone.
The MatSu School District Report card is now available at the Alaska Policy Forum website.
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 […]