Archive for the ‘Education’ Category

Alaska Federation of Natives Endorses School Choice

Anchorage, Alaska – Alaska’s grassroots movement for parental choice in education received a significant boost the other day with the endorsement by delegates to the 2011 Annual Convention of the Alaska Federation of Natives, according to Jeremy Thompson, executive director of the Alaska Policy...
November 8th, 2011 | Education | Read More

UPDATE: Anchorage School District Gets Report Card

UPDATE, Monday November 28, 2011: Alaska Policy Forum has revised the letter grades that were assigned to the SBA averages for each school in the Anchorage School District. The new system is as follows: A= 90%-100% B= 80%-89% C= 70%-79% D= 60%-69% F= 0%-59% We feel this grading system to be a better...
November 3rd, 2011 | Education, Recent News | Read More

Fairbanks Daily News-Miner Sheds Light on Alaska School Choice Poll

Folks in Interior Alaska now know about the Friedman Foundation survey results which show Alaskans support school vouchers by a 2 to 1 margin thanks to the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner. The results are eye-opening and indicate that if given the choice, Alaskans by a large margin endorse the idea of school...
November 1st, 2011 | Education | Read More

Needed: Your Input on Everyday Math Program, Help!

If your child is having difficulties with the Everyday Math program or is doing well in the EDM program, then you should attend the community input meeting the School District is hosting and provide comments. This is your golden opportunity to help your child with math. The School District is reviewing...
October 18th, 2011 | Education, Recent News | Read More

Steve Jobs, Entrepreneur, Innovator, Capitalist on Education in the US

Steve Jobs strongly favored school choice (vouchers) for every child as a means to improve educational opportunity for all. He believed that competition from “vouchered” schools would make the public schools either improve their product or go away. His strong endorsement of freedom of choice...
October 6th, 2011 | Education | Read More

Great Opportunity to Help Select New ASD Superintendent

Because Superintendent Carol Comeau will retire as of June 30, 2012, the Anchorage School Board has begun a selection process for her replacement. This new superintendent will be the implementer of the School Board’s vision. Now is the time for you to voice your comments/opinions as to what is...
September 2nd, 2011 | Education | Read More

School Choice Event with Keynote Speaker Dr. Lance Izumi-August 11

Dr. Lance Izumi, Senior Fellow and Senior Director of Education Studies at the Pacific Research Institute, will be the exciting keynote speaker at the School Choice event on August 11. Dr. Izumi will address the “Myths of School Choice” following a showing of his award-winning documentary,”Not...
August 8th, 2011 | Education | Read More

Colorado School Board has Interests of Students as #1 Priority

(The Denver CASTLE ROCK, Colo. — The Douglas County School District has approved a plan to create its own “fake” charter school in order to implement the first-of-its kind voucher program.The Choice Scholarship School has no unique curriculum and no building and the students...
August 8th, 2011 | Education | Read More

Stanford to offer free class online

The democratization of education continues: Stanford University will be offering the class “Introduction to Artificial Intelligence” online for free this fall to anyone who wishes to take it. The class will include testing, quizzes, and two 75 minute lectures per week. Ten-thousand have signed...
August 7th, 2011 | Education | Read More

Anchorage Charter Schools are Stymied by Lack of Facilities and Financing

(By William Donovan,Pioneer Institute for Public Policy Research) Founders of charter public schools are educators and visionaries. They imagine schools that offer varying learning environments, where novel approaches stimulate creativity and students reach their full educational potential. They share their...
July 5th, 2011 | Education | Read More

Anchorage School District Struggles with Math Curriculum, Just Like Students Do

The Anchorage School District commissioned The Council of the Great City Schools to evaluate why the Every Day Math program is not fulfilling ASD’s dreams. In a voluminous report, the CGCS concluded that the school district has made some strides in Standards Based Assessment scores following...
June 27th, 2011 | Education, Recent News | Read More

Chicago Schools Know What Your Child Should Eat

(Chicago Tribune) Fernando Dominguez cut the figure of a young revolutionary leader during a recent lunch period at his elementary school.”Who thinks the lunch is not good enough?” the seventh-grader shouted to his lunch mates in Spanish and English.Dozens of hands flew in the air and fellow...
April 11th, 2011 | Education | Read More

Opinion: DC School Choice: Pass or Fail?

(Washington Post) After the House passed legislation to reestablish a voucher program that allows low-income D.C. students to attend private schools, the Obama administration issued a strongly worded statement of opposition. The White House of course has a right to its own opinion, as wrongheaded as...
March 31st, 2011 | Education | Read More

Study: School Choice Benefits Public and Private School Students

This report collects the results of all available empirical studies using the best available scientific methods to measure how school vouchers affect academic outcomes for participants, and all available studies on how vouchers affect outcomes in public schools. Contrary to the widespread claim that...
March 24th, 2011 | Education | Read More

Plan to see The Cartel on Jan. 28 in Anchorage

Plan to see The Cartel on Jan. 28 in Anchorage
Event is free and open to the public. The director of the film, Bob Bowdon, will be present for a Q&A following the film. Click here to download a flyer for the event. Visit the documentary website at
January 12th, 2011 | Education, Featured | Read More

School Choice Resources Page Now Available

Alaska Policy Forum has assembled a page of resources with FAQs and publications from nationally recognized organizations. Education reform is changing the face of education across the country because people are frustrated with the performance of their current educational bureacracy.   From tuition...
December 22nd, 2010 | Education | Read More