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One Stop Shopping for Legislative Bills and Legislators’ Report Card

One Stop Shopping for Legislative Bills and Legislators’ Report Card
The Alaska Policy Forum has just published the 2017 report card for legislators we call the Freedom Index. An informed citizenry is an essential element to maintaining a free society.  To inform citizens on how our legislators are affecting their daily lives, the Alaska Policy Forum has developed a...
April 23rd, 2017 | Featured, Recent News | Read More

The (im)moral vision of the NEA

The (im)moral vision of the NEA
For those of you who were inspired by films like “Won’t Back Down,” “Waiting for Superman,” and “The Lottery,” it is easy to understand the moral vision that school choice paints. It’s a simple, yet profound vision of family and its deep hope for the future...
March 3rd, 2013 | Featured, Recent News | 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

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, Featured | Read More

Now Available: Ben Chavis DVD

Now Available: Ben Chavis DVD
Get your copy today: Dr. Ben Chavis’ visit to Alaska on January 24th. DVD Includes: Closing the Education Achievement Gap Presentation Z.J. Loussac Library’s Wilda Marston Theatre Q & A Session Following The Presentation Interview on the Dan Fagan Show Call Or Email Alaska Policy Forum...
March 14th, 2012 | Featured | 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. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bXe-wHv5UzE
February 27th, 2012 | Education, Featured | 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

Everyday Math Explained

Everyday Math Explained
June 29th, 2011 | Featured | Read More

Mat-Su Payroll Portal Launched

Mat-Su Payroll Portal Launched
Anchorage, Alaska – Continuing with its efforts to advance government transparency, the Alaska Policy Forum has launched a new portal which allows citizens in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough to view the salaries of its public employees. Like the previously launched website, the data can be navigated...
March 8th, 2011 | Featured, Fiscal Policy, Recent News, Transparency | Read More

Payroll Database for Anchorage Now Online

Payroll Database for Anchorage Now Online
The Alaska Policy Forum has launched a transparency website for the Municipality of Anchorage payroll. The website allows citizens to view payroll and benefit data for nearly all Municipal employees by navigating an organizational chart. The data provided lists the employee, the position title, bargaining...
February 21st, 2011 | Featured, Fiscal Policy, Recent News, Transparency | 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 www.thecartelmovie.com.
January 12th, 2011 | Education, Featured | Read More

Health Care Reform Legislation Timeline

Health Care Reform Legislation Timeline
As part of the effort to better understand the bill, the Alaska Policy Forum has compiled from several sources a timeline that outlines the major provisions of the legislation’s implementation. Click here to view the timeline (javascript required). There are two bills that make up President Obama’s...
July 9th, 2010 | Featured | Read More

Transparency yields government accountability

Transparency yields government accountability
While true transparency is more than just making information available on the internet, websites are a good first step. The Alaska Policy Forum is attempting to fill the need for transparency by making available to the public information about contracts and public bargaining agreements with schools,...
June 30th, 2010 | Featured | Read More

Former Crime Lab Director Criticizes New Proposal

Former Crime Lab Director Criticizes New Proposal
Former crime lab director, George Taft, criticizes proposed crime lab and recommends Alaska Policy Forum report.  April 5, 2010 Anchorage, Alaska – Another former director of the Alaska State Crime Lab has expressed his opposition to the crime lab replacement project as it has been currently proposed...
April 22nd, 2010 | Accountability, Featured | 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

The best form of transparency

The best form of transparency
For some, the word “transparency” may seem like a political football. While there exist those who do use it as such, there is a larger worldwide effort to change the perception about government data and its usefulness to the public. Can more disclosure of government data be useful to Alaskans? Alaska...
April 20th, 2010 | Accountability, Featured | Read More
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