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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 >
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.



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