148 articles

Opinion: Education vouchers not realistic solution in vast state like Alaska
Sep 3, 5:26 AM: For generations, rural Alaskans have endured education systems that are a far cry from ideal. The cost of running hundreds of small schools, each in a rural community, most off the road system, is astronomical. There is >
Opinion: Changes in education will only happen through local involvement
Aug 23, 7:05 AM: Much of the consternation about proposed state budget vetoes this year centers around those related to education. Indeed, the University of Alaska bore the brunt of those reductions – initially $135 million and later >
Innovations Academy - Catch-Up Program for High School Students
Aug 15, 6:47 AM: High school students who might not otherwise graduate are welcome at a personalized learning program where they choose their own lessons and finish classes on their own schedule. Called “Innovations Academy,” the program >
Alaska’s rural schools could get a boost in internet speed
Apr 9, 7:42 AM: For the last five years, the state has helped Alaska schools pay for faster internet — up to a point. As technology has advanced, some say it’s time to raise the bar. A pair of bills before the Legislature would do just >
Opinion: Education reform is not about the money
Apr 1, 5:22 AM: When Gov. Mike Dunleavy unveiled his proposed budget, it shocked many educators. Since then, the narrative presented by some in the education community is that the governor does not care about education or children. >
Opinion: Giving students who struggle a chance to graduate
Feb 4, 7:05 AM: Back on Track, a partnership of United Way of Anchorage, Covenant House Alaska and the Anchorage School District powered by an AT&T Aspire Grant, has served more than 600 struggling students in grades 9 through 12 through >
North Pole's first K-8 charter school to begin taking lottery applications
Jan 16, 8:02 AM: The Discovery Peak Charter School opening in North Pole this fall will begin recruiting students starting Tuesday through Feb. 22, according to a school founder, Sandra Boyle.
Dunleavy says education tops his to-do list
Dec 28, 8:13 AM: One of the Republican governor's first stops after taking the oath of office in Kotzebue was his wife's hometown of Noorvik. While he was there he vowed to remember his roots in rural Alaska as a teacher and administrator >
State OKs first K-8 charter school for North Pole
Dec 20, 7:46 AM: The first K-8 charter school for the city of North Pole received unanimous approval this week from the Alaska State Board of Education and Early Development.
Small Alaska school district remains alone in offering performance bonuses to teachers
May 4, 4:54 AM: Test results showing Alaska students perform poorly in comparison to their national counterparts naturally leads to questions about how to hold the system accountable when students fail.
K-8 charter school planned for North Pole
Apr 18, 7:11 AM: A new K-8 charter school is in the works for North Pole, and, if all goes well, it will open in fall 2019.
The Anchorage School District lottery has opened. Here’s what parents need to know.
Jan 16, 5:44 AM: Parents who want to enroll their children in an alternative, charter or immersion language program next school year should apply, according to the Anchorage School District. So should any parents who want to send their >
20 years in, Juneau Community Charter School is still constructing its own path
Jan 12, 5:58 AM: Founded in 1997, JCCS celebrates two decades of community-minded education this year. Though the students, parents and state education standards have changed, the school’s philosophy remains largely the same: it’s about >
Two charter schools propose changes
Dec 8, 7:47 AM: Two charter schools in the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District are looking to the school board to amend their charter school contracts.
Spanish, Japanese and alternative programs; hundreds wait for results on the school lottery
Mar 24, 6:12 AM: Thursday, at 5 p.m., is the deadline to apply for the Anchorage School District lottery. The lottery gives options to parents who want their children to attend a neighborhood school outside their zone, charter school or an >
New Fairbanks charter school to offer different approach to teaching
Jan 23, 7:25 AM: A new public charter school is opening this fall in Fairbanks, and it’s going to be unlike any of the other public schools.
Anchorage’s newest charter school wants students to get outside
Aug 24, 7:18 AM: Exploring the outdoors is a cornerstone of the students' new school, the Anchorage STrEaM Academy. It's the newest establishment in Anchorage School District's fleet of public charter schools, welcoming middle school >
Board approves charter school for Fairbanks
Aug 3, 7:19 AM: The Fairbanks North Star Borough School District approved the creation of a new charter school Tuesday evening.
State seeks to throw out "highly qualified" teacher requirements
Jul 26, 6:51 AM: It is the first step to align Alaska’s policies that prove educators are equipped to instruct in their content areas with new regulations set forth in the Every Student Succeeds Act, or ESSA, the 2015 reauthorization of >
New Fronteras first publicly owned, financed charter school
Jul 22, 7:13 AM: Thanks to hardworking parents, dedicated educators, a faithful borough and a hefty loan from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Fronteras Spanish Immersion School finally has a school that fits.



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