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 […]
Military families have greater challenges than most when it comes to finding the best K12 education for their kids. And active duty families favor school choice overwhelmingly–75%.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Chicago schools ban “unhealthy” food brought from home. Father doesn’t know best, principals do.
School vouchers lead to statistically significant improved graduation rates and increased reading achievement in DC public schools. Low income minority students can and do achieve when given the chance.
Alaska Policy Forum has assembled a page of resources with FAQs and publications from nationally recognized organizations.
$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.
(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.
(AEI) Either Duncan will have to admit he handed out 4 billion borrowed bucks on the basis of unenforceable paper plans, or he’ll have to start trying to strong-arm states by holding new governors and state education chiefs to the commitments of their predecessors–and clawing back dollars from states that don’t comply. Neither of those scenarios is too appealing.
An analysis of the Anchorage School District contracts finds cost estimates significantly higher than the estimates provided by the ASD to the school board.
Sixty percent of students in New Orleans now attend charter schools. It’s expected to rise to 70 percent next year.
(Reason Magazine) While online education offers some great opportunities for kids, the traditional monopolies across the states are fighting to limit its growth.
Across the country, many cash-strapped districts fretting over likely layoffs are eyeing seniority rules as they hammer out new contracts. To the surprise of some district superintendents, contract negotiations are not likely to offer much relief. In fact, when it comes to seniority rules, and many other core aspects of teachers’ employment, the contract is not the problem. State law is.