Posts Tagged ‘Education’

Educational Choice Programs Matter to Military Too

Our Senior Policy Fellow David Boyle had an article recently posted on the national EdChoice website. We agree that we should say, “thank you for your service” by giving military families access to the educational choice options that they want and that will help their children reach for the stars....
November 22nd, 2017 | Education, Recent News | Read More

More Taxes Will Discourage Investment

We are happy to see the distinguished think tank R Street Institute recently weigh in on Alaska.  We agree with their conclusion that, “more taxes will only discourage the investment and growth Alaska needs so badly. The state, with an annual payroll of $1.4 billion, can also do more to tighten...
November 15th, 2017 | Fiscal Policy, Recent News, Resource Development, Taxes | Read More

Survey Says–Military Families Favor Education Savings Accounts

“We got orders and we’re moving this summer.” These can be some of the most challenging words a military member can utter to a family. Reactions can range from, “Not again, we just got here!” to “Great news, I hate this place.” Of course, these reactions depend on whether they come...
November 9th, 2017 | Education, Recent News | Read More

It’s Time For Educational Accountability in Alaska

The recently-released PEAKs student test scores should be eye-opening for parents, students and every Alaskan who values public K-12 education. Unfortunately, these recent test scores are not just an anomaly; they are further evidence that Alaska’s K-12 education system needs some drastic reforms,...
October 25th, 2017 | Accountability, Education, Recent News | Read More

Online maps of 2017 Alaska public school test results now available

The Alaska Policy Forum has released online maps visually depicting school test results from the recently released Performance Evaluation for Alaska’s Schools, or PEAKS. The PEAKS assessment is a general overview of public student performance at grade-level standard for English Language Arts (ELA)...
October 18th, 2017 | Education, Transparency | Read More

Chronic School Absenteeism: More to the Story

On Sep 18, Charles Wohlforth posted an opinion piece in the ADN with a headline that read:  “A fourth of Alaska students are chronically absent. No wonder test scores are so bad.”   In his piece he says, “If parents are satisfied with ignorance, so will their children be.”...
October 6th, 2017 | Education | 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

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

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

Decadent deficiency: L.A. county schools

(Heritage Foundation) $578 million dollar schools, school districts building when in $640 million dollar deficits, and less than half of students graduating high school sum up L.A. county, a perfect candidate for school choice. Read the article <here>
September 14th, 2010 | Education, Fiscal Policy | Read More

Parental Approval won by charter schools

(Heritage Foundation) Light is shed on more benefits of charter schools with the publication of a recent DOE report, which also shows an overwhelming support for the system by parents. The Heritage Foundation summarizes and reflects on the report and its findings. Read the article <here>
September 13th, 2010 | Education | Read More

Race to the Top: Another $4.35 Billion Spent Poorly?

(AEI) That was another $4.35 billion poorly spent. Last week, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced the winners of the second and final round of the administration’s heavily promoted and widely cheered Race to the Top school-reform program. Unfortunately, after all the headlines and hullabaloo,...
September 3rd, 2010 | Education | Read More

The Hidden costs of the ASD contracts

By David Boyle Just recently, the Anchorage School Board approved a contract for the Anchorage Education Association (AEA) for the period 2010-13.  We expressed concern at the School Board meeting (May 24th) that the board may not have been informed of the total costs of this contract.  When asked...
August 16th, 2010 | Education | Read More

New Orleans Schools After Katrina

July 28th, 2010 | Education | Read More

The politics and policy of online education

(Reason Magazine) From the perspective of education reformers and policy wonks, beaten down by a decades-long war of attrition, online education has swept onto the scene with astonishing speed. Paul Peterson, the Harvard education scholar, calls the rate at which the online education sector has grown...
July 27th, 2010 | Education | Read More
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