Archive for the ‘Education’ Category

The promise of virtual learning

Leaders of online education gathered Thursday to discuss the role that virtual learning must play in our nation’s future, saying brick-and-mortar classrooms won’t become obsolete but will be complemented by blended and virtual learning models. Despite its promise, the panelists said they...
June 2nd, 2010 | Education, Recent News | Read More

Do charter schools have flexibility?

(Thomas B. Fordham Institute) For those who are concerned about unfunded mandates, what about inflexible mandates? No one disagrees that charter schools should be held accountable for their results. But, do charter schools have the flexibility to adapt and change to fit the individual needs of a child?...
May 26th, 2010 | Education | Read More

Public needs more time to learn about ASD contracts

By David Boyle May 20, 2010 The Anchorage School District (ASD) will soon consider the tentative teachers (AEA) contract for approval. This contract will cost the taxpayer $166,968,000 for health care insurance alone over the three year period. And this is only for the 3,600 teachers. Salary benefits...
May 23rd, 2010 | Education, Recent News | Read More

Ohio Senate moves to improve school-age obesity

(Cincinnati Enquirer) The Ohio Senate approved a bill that mandates a 30 minute exercise period in schools, among other nutritional requirements. Ohio, with one in three children obese, aims to monitor and control each student’s body weight. Read the article <here>
May 20th, 2010 | Education, Health Care, Recent News | Read More

Texas schools improved with voucher system

(National Center for Policy Analysis) The University of Texas-San Antonio studied the effects of the voucher program in the Edgewood school district. The Texas Education Agency uses student performance on standardized tests to classify each public school as exemplary, recognized, acceptable or unacceptable....
April 22nd, 2010 | Education, Policy | Read More

Charter schools boost graduates

(Education Next) With roughly 30 percent of American students dropping out before receiving a diploma—a rate that has been stable for several decades—assessing existing alternatives to the traditional high school is an urgent task. Read the article <here>
April 22nd, 2010 | Education, Recent News | Read More

APF presents before Muni Budget Group

APF presents before Anchorage Municipality Budget Working Group: Better Student Outcomes; More Choices Alaska Policy Forum Research Fellow Bob Griffin presented before a budget working group for the Municipality of Anchorage on ways the Anchorage School District can improve its performance. Press Release Power...
April 22nd, 2010 | Education | Read More

ASD: Competition, not spending

 Competition, not spending, will improve the performance of the Anchorage School District Bob Griffin, Research Fellow in Education Policy For those who seek a better value education (better results at a lower cost) in Anchorage, policies with proven results are the only ones that should be considered....
April 22nd, 2010 | Education | Read More

Better Education Value for Anchorage

Better Education Value for Anchorage
Download a hardcopyhere (PDF). Recently, the Anchorage School District (ASD) requested community input to assist the District and the School Board in managing their budget. The question under consideration was how to close an anticipated budget gap for FY 2011. We at the Alaska Policy Forum attended...
April 22nd, 2010 | Education, Featured | Read More

Five Recommendations to Get a Better Education Value From the Anchorage School District

By David Boyle Recently, the Anchorage School District (ASD) requested community input to assist the District and the School Board in managing their budget. The question under consideration was how to close an anticipated budget gap for FY 2011. We at the Alaska Policy Forum attended two of the four...
December 5th, 2009 | Education | Read More
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