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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 >
Shrinking the funding gap
May 5, 4:50 AM: While Atwater said the district works closely with prospective charter schools to develop their applications, the bill allows for a charter that has been denied by a board to appeal to the Commissioner of the Alaska >
School in the spotlight: Star of the North provides unconventional environment
Apr 29, 4:45 AM: The Star of the North Secondary School is a public charter school made up of two campuses — the North Pole Campus, which serves students in grades 7-12, and the Career Education Center, located in Fairbanks, which serves >
Alaska Senate, House agree on education bill, but funding discontent remains
Apr 24, 4:31 AM: Schools around Alaska next year will get more money, as well as an increase in the base student allocation they've long been seeking, but critics of the deal announced Wednesday evening say both amounts are far too >
Sides dig in as Alaska Legislature continues education funding debate
Apr 23, 4:26 AM:

Alaskan parents and legislators clash over revising school funding policy. Exposes strengths and flaws in arguments, asks critical systematic questions, provides informative data, but heavy on political perspective. 

Conference committee set to resolve education bill versions
Apr 22, 4:28 AM: The Senate finally passed the education bill Monday afternoon, little changed from the version on its agenda since last week.
Lawmakers plan to power through on education
Apr 21, 7:39 AM: After blowing past midnight on what was supposed to be the last day of session, Alaska lawmakers planned to plow on with their work on Monday in a bid to resolve their differences on education.
School advocates raise the heat on legislators
Apr 11, 5:42 AM: Public school advocates stepped up their pressure on the Legislature on Thursday, declaring at a Senate hearing that the House-passed education bill was too miserly and had to be expanded before the state can consider >
Plan to offer tax credit funds to Alaska private schools emerges
Apr 8, 6:01 AM: The critics are calling it "voucher-lite," an attempt to send state money to private and religious schools that’s now part of Gov. Parnell's education bill, which includes additional school funding. >
House changes little as state education bill advances
Apr 3, 4:36 AM: House Finance Committee members needed six hours Wednesday to work through 17 proposed changes to the revised omnibus education bill.
Education panel hears Fairbanks' Tammie Wilson’s tenure measure
Apr 1, 6:36 AM: A Fairbanks lawmaker sponsoring a bill that would extend the probationary period for public school teachers said districts should be able to grant tenure to teachers whenever the district sees fit.
Editorial: Forget public funds for private schools
Mar 28, 5:09 AM: Alaska lawmakers, led by Sen. Mike Dunleavy, should end their drive to amend the Alaska Constitution to allow public money for private schools. They should let Senate Joint Resolution 9 die and instead work to make our >
House Finance tackles charter school worries
Mar 20, 5:24 AM:

The House Finance Committee on Tuesday continued its discussion of Gov. Sean Parnell’s omnibus education bill, focusing on the charter schools.

Private school principals hopeful but leery of voucher impact
Mar 17, 4:21 AM: Although nobody knows for sure what a school choice program would look like in Alaska, one buzzword has been thrown around quite a lot since the start of session: vouchers.
School voucher bill pulled from Senate floor, avoiding fatal vote
Mar 13, 5:19 AM:

A constitutional amendment to codify school choice in AK was saved from a mortal "no" vote in the state senate.  The article focuses on "for-profit" and religious schools and is not based in data, rather than shedding >



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