Recent Articles

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

Alaska Media–Messaging or Reporting?

What is the role of the media? Is the media being used as an extension of the government and is this proper? Shouldn’t the media be the watchdog. protecting the people from the government?

October 11th, 2015 | Recent News | Read More

“I Fight to End Inequality” Chant Low Income New York City Parents

Why does the public school community fear involved parents? Because truth shines the light on what is really happening. The real issue is “are low income students being discriminated against when it comes to a quality public education”? Are they being held on an economic plantation?

October 8th, 2015 | Education | Read More

Should Public School Funds be Used for Education?

We always hear that our Alaska schools are unfunded. Now the Department of Education & Early Development would like to remove restrictive language that prohibits education dollars from being used to fund elections, recalls, initiatives and other various non-education issues. What do you think? Should school districts be allowed to use public funds to pay for elections?

September 27th, 2015 | Education, Policy | Read More

Permanent Fund Dividend of $2072! Careful How You Spend it, the Government is Watching

Don’t spend your Permanent Fund Dividend money on these things. The government wouldn’t like it.

September 21st, 2015 | Economics | Read More

Breaking News-Arctic Getting Warmer, November 1922!

Did you miss this? The arctic was getting warmer in 1922! Norwegian arctic becoming too warm for seals. Glaciers disappearing-being replaced by moraine earth and stones. Herring and smelt venture further out into arctic ocean. How did they cope back then? How will we survive with this decades Gore Effect?

August 31st, 2015 | Recent News | Read More

The Legal Issues on Expanding Medicaid in Alaska

In a Forbes article dated August 4, 2015, Josh Archambault and Jonathan Ingram discuss the legal box that Governor Walker is in regarding his efforts to expand Medicaid without going through the legislative process.  The governor is required to get the legislature’s OK before Alaska takes any new funding from the federal government.  The governor […]

August 4th, 2015 | Medicare/Medicaid, Recent News | Read More
<\/body>