- Charter, alternative programs drain neighborhood schools of middle-class students
Frustration voiced by parents on "drain" of students away from neighborhood schools by charters and other choice programs. Presents data in biased frame.
May 19, 5:41 AM:
- 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
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.>
Apr 23, 4:26 AM:
- 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
The House Finance Committee on Tuesday continued its discussion of Gov. Sean Parnell’s omnibus education bill, focusing on the charter schools.
Mar 20, 5:24 AM:
- 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
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 >
Mar 13, 5:19 AM:
- Panel questions charter student transit
- Mar 11, 7:23 AM: A provision in Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell’s omnibus education bill that provides for transportation for charter school students raised questions Monday in the Senate Education Committee.
- Legislators worry that bill could create more school districts
Members of the state House Education Committee raised concerns on Wednesday that Alaska could end up with more school districts if charter schools are authorized by entities other than local school boards.>
Mar 6, 5:35 AM:
- Preliminary education task force report answers few questions
A preliminary report in AK released by a task force did little to answer questions about the state's public education funding. There are no deadlines to develop the final report, but the first draft does mention the >
Jan 6, 8:41 AM:
- Parnell proposes $5 million digital learning initiative
As part of budget proposal, Governor announces $5 million digital learning initiative geared around STEM courses. Slated to be pilot program for first three years, aimed at improving graduation rate and number of >
Dec 16, 7:58 AM:
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