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How Big is Alaska (State Government)?

By now, most of us have heard the line, “We could cut every state employee and still not put a dent in the budget gap.”.  The implication is that we should not cut any state government and protect every state job at all costs.  How much is Alaska’s payroll?  How about more than $2 Billion.  […]

January 27th, 2016 | Recent News | Read More

Alaska Leads the Nation in Non-Education Government Workers

How top heavy is Alaska when it comes to government employees? Take a look at the numbers and see for yourself.

January 25th, 2016 | Fiscal Policy | Read More

Alaska can Save Millions and it’s Easy

Every year millions of dollars are squandered in Alaska through fraud, waste and abuse.   The State of Alaska Department of Law has stated that if national trends hold true for Alaska, then the State’s Medicaid program alone will lose millions of dollars annually.   Alaska needs to enhance and upgrade its fraud prevention program […]

January 25th, 2016 | Fiscal Policy, Recent News | Read More

Education Opportunity With K-12 Debit Cards

Have you ever wanted to get your child to a different school because the child was not flourishing in the current public school?  Have you tried to get your child into a public charter school or an alternative public school but couldn’t because of the long, long wait lists?  Do not give up!   Well, there […]

January 15th, 2016 | Recent News | Read More

Teachers’ Freedom of Speech & Association on Trial at U.S. Supreme Court

Think teachers should have the right to free speech and association? It will be determined by the US Supreme Court. Nine courageous teachers are taking on the California teachers union to gain their rights to free speech and association.

January 12th, 2016 | Recent News | Read More

Stand Up for Alaska Property Rights

On January 5th you have a great chance to support an Alaskan who is standing up for you and your Alaska Property Rights.  It’s not often when a single individual stands up to the U.S. government.  Most of us would shy away from that because we were easily intimidated and/or we didn’t have the financial […]

January 4th, 2016 | Recent News | Read More

Should Small Schools in Alaska be Closed?

Should we close smaller schools that perform very well while keeping open larger schools that have performed poorly for years? Which would you choose, size or performance?

December 16th, 2015 | Recent News | Read More

Alaska Should Follow Florida’s Lead in Education

We all want the best education system in the U.S., no doubt. The question is how do we improve Alaska’s public education system? Is it more money? Technology? Charter schools? We need to see what is working in other states, especially Florida.

December 16th, 2015 | Recent News | Read More

Alaska Plummets to 48th in Economic Freedom in the States

Alaska’s economic freedom rating drops from 2oth in 2012 to 48th! How low can we go?

December 16th, 2015 | Recent News | Read More

Education and Poverty-Cause and Effect

Professor Stephen Haycox recently authored an article in the ADN, January 23, 2015, in which he blamed rich non-minority parents for abandoning neighborhood schools and leaving lower income, minority students behind in these same failing neighborhood schools.  One thing we do agree with in his article is the title, “Education Combats Poverty, so Why Isn’t […]

November 13th, 2015 | Education | Read More

Alaska Kids Make Modest Gains in National Testing

In Alaska public education there is good news and bad news. The good news is that upper/middle income students are improving in national test scores. Yet the bad news is that low income students are falling farther behind their counterparts in the U.S.

November 9th, 2015 | Education | Read More

Direct Primary Care: The Hidden Nugget in the Affordable Care Act

DPC restores the heart of the physician-patient relationship, without involvement of the government or insurance companies.

October 30th, 2015 | Recent News | Read More

Education Dollars to Fund Elections! Say it Ain’t so

We think this is so important that we copied it from another blog, 147 Degrees West.  Should Alaska’s education funds go to pay for elections?  Absolutely not.  This blog has been edited for brevity.   At the end of this article there is an email to which you can provide your comments to the State […]

October 26th, 2015 | Recent News | Read More

Governor Walker Using Public School Students to Promote Political Agenda

Do you believe children should be used as tools to promote a political agenda? That is what is happening at the Anchorage School District now. Call the superintendent and tell him “hands off my child”. Call 742-4312

October 19th, 2015 | Recent News | Read More

You Choose-Bigger Schools or More Teachers

Alaska needs the Massachusetts law limiting school sizes Massachusetts has the highest performing school system in the U.S. and Alaska has one of the lowest performing school systems.  The achievement gap between kids in Alaska and Massachusetts is not trivial — as much as two years in achievement difference in several key standard NAEP(National Assessment […]

October 19th, 2015 | Education, Fiscal Policy | Read More

The GED is Not Just for “Drop-outs” Any More

Is the newly revised GED made for more Alaska students? Today’s GED is personalized for each student so instruction can focus on and remediate shortcomings.

October 13th, 2015 | Education | Read More