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New charter school combines variety of models
Aug 31, 4:47 AM: P.A.I.D.E.I.A., a K-12 school, caters to both the correspondent students who receive their schooling at home and the home-school students who want to take some classes in a traditional classroom setting.
New Anchorage charter school combines traditional, home-school models
Aug 24, 7:19 AM: Last week, hours after thousands of students across town grabbed their backpacks and entered their classrooms for the start of the 2015-16 school year, a brand-new Anchorage charter school hosted its first open house in >
Assembly to debate charter school tax exemption
Aug 18, 6:11 AM: Birchtree Charter School in Wasilla is one of six charter schools in the Mat-Su. The Mat-Su Borough Assembly is considering a measure that would exempt such schools from paying property taxes.
STEM charter school seeks to breakdown barriers, open doors to disadvantaged
Aug 13, 6:13 AM: Dean, along with several other teachers in the Juneau School District and members of the public, is working to create the first elementary school in Alaska focused on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) >
Juneau’s next charter school may the first of its kind in Alaska
Aug 12, 6:36 AM: A group of educators and parents in Juneau are advocating for a new charter school focusing on science, technology, engineering and math. They think it would be the first elementary STEM school in the state. >
Juneau school board approves charter school through 2026
Jun 10, 5:38 AM: The Juneau Board of Education approved Juneau Community Charter School’s charter Tuesday, though board members considered a shorter charter and other potential changes before the final vote.
School board approves charter school contract
May 14, 6:39 AM: The Juneau Board of Education voted during its regular meeting on Tuesday to approve the Juneau Community Charter School’s annual contract. The board also held its first reading of the school’s charter, also up for >
Anchorage School Board amends budget, moves charter school facility money to save teaching jobs
May 5, 6:03 AM: The Anchorage School Board passed an amended budget on Monday night for the 2015-16 school year. They voted to move $1 million from the Charter School Facility Fund into the budget to lessen the blow of potential >
Last minute bid by Alaska teachers’ union to sway lawmakers
Apr 10, 6:15 AM: A new radio commercial from the National Education Association of Alaska is urging the public to contact lawmakers in Juneau and tell them to reinstate proposed reductions to education.
New ASD charter school prepares to open in fall of 2015
Mar 10, 6:18 AM: A new ASD charter school is scheduled to open its doors next fall, if it has enough students enrolled in the March lottery.
School choice talk turns into ideological debate
Feb 24, 6:06 AM: While discussing Republican Wasilla Rep. Lynn Gattis’ resolution to establish School Choice Week in January, Republicans on the floor raised parents’ right to choose, and said Alaska’s abundant school choices — public, >
Charter school tabled again
Feb 9, 7:45 AM: After an initial rejection by the school board, appeal to the state by the organizing partnership, and referral back to the school board, Arkose Ridge Leadership Academy remains a dream.
Anchorage Assembly passes property tax exemption for charter schools
Feb 5, 7:29 AM: The Anchorage Assembly voted Tuesday to waive property taxes for Anchorage School District charter schools, an exemption already afforded to the district’s neighborhood schools.
Anchorage School Board approves 2 resolutions aimed at helping charter schools
Dec 16, 7:06 AM: The Anchorage School Board approved two resolutions late Monday that aimed at helping charter schools in their challenges acquiring facilities.
Anchorage School Board considers loan program for space-strapped charter schools
Dec 15, 9:33 AM: Unlike neighborhood schools, charter schools must pay for their facilities out of their operating budgets. In contrast, the district pays for the buildings of neighborhood schools through capital funding, primarily paid >
Opinion: A Vote for Education is Critical in Alaska (CER in the news)
Nov 3, 10:30 AM: In a state where just 33 percent of eighth graders are proficient in math and 31 percent are proficient in reading according to national assessments, education is deserving of more attention in 2014 elections. >
Rent's due: District charter schools to pay rent as a result of HB 287
Sep 11, 5:49 AM: The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Board of Education approved a rent plan for the four active charter schools in the district at its Monday meeting.
Anchorage School District revamps special education funding at charters
May 21, 5:24 AM: The Anchorage School District will extend special education services to its eight charter schools starting in the next budget year, after the Anchorage School Board unanimously passed its annual budget Monday night. >
Charter, alternative programs drain neighborhood schools of middle-class students
May 19, 5:41 AM:

Frustration voiced by parents on "drain" of students away from neighborhood schools by charters and other choice programs.  Presents data in biased frame.

Citing "a clear lack of direction at the state level," which he said has led to problems with some charter and cyber schools, Pennsylvania Auditor General Eugene DePasquale said he wants to see changes.
May 13, 4:45 AM: A big part of that are charter schools, which will now be easier to create, with the minimum size for schools dropped to 75 students. Further, the Parnell administration will have new powers to overrule local districts and >



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