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Alaska House committee advances, expands proposal to bar trans girls from girls sports

An amended bill would add elementary, middle school and collegiate sports to limits in place for high school.
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Lawmakers weigh whether to reduce or acknowledge rights of growing Alaska homeless population

As the state’s major cities scramble to house people, advocates say Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s protest bill would further criminalize the homeless.
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Alaska judge strikes down state’s cash payments to families using correspondence school programs

The decision on correspondence programs will become a "hot-button legislative item" in the final weeks of session, lawmakers said.

Alaska school year could start in September under new proposal

The later start date would allow students to spend more time on subsistence activities and working in construction or tourism jobs.
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In fundraising pitch, Iditarod planners say financial woes could jeopardize epic sled dog race

The message comes at a time when major Iditarod sponsors have dropped out, and inflation has increased the cost of participation.
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Bills targeting trans people are on the rise nationwide and in Alaska — most focus on children

A state House committee has advanced legislation that would restrict the rights of Alaska trans kids.
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Missteps from Alaska’s education department could cost the state millions in grants, feds say

A federal “high risk” designation could cost the state grant funding because it did not comply with requirements for pandemic relief funds.
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Senator seeks makeover for Alaska parole board

Civil rights advocates say the new board, with more members, representation and clarity, could also send more rehabilitated Alaskans home.
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No compromise between Alaska legislators and Gov. Dunleavy on day before education veto deadline

Legislators could convene for a joint session to consider an override as soon as next Monday if Gov. Mike Dunleavy vetoes the education bill on Thursday.
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Proposal to define a fetus as a person in Alaska’s criminal code faces pushback

Opponents testified that the bill would threaten Alaskans’ abortion rights.
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Alaska prison failed to provide adequate dental care to inmates, state investigator finds

Goose Creek Correctional Center has gone years without a hygienist, forcing patients to wait for treatment.
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As Alaska pays millions to fix food stamp backlog, lawmakers suggest systemic fixes

“Not doing this will cost us millions, and will leave people without food,” said Sen. Cathy Giessel.
A sparsely attended public hearing on applicants for two judge positions

Alaska’s courts are mired in cases, with gradual progress on pandemic backlog

The backlog has persisted, in part because of attorney shortages.
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Alaska must face food stamp litigation after a year of stays, court says

U.S. District Judge Sharon Gleason's court order said further delays would be “inefficient” after the state had a year to resolve its backlog.
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Alaska’s federal food stamp funding at risk, USDA letter warns 

The state may lose funding if it continues to break federal rules, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
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High job vacancies in Alaska state agencies can reduce services and lead to burnout

An average of about 14% of Alaska state jobs are unfilled.
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Alaska’s schools have among the highest rates of chronic absenteeism

Most schools in the state experience “extreme” levels of absenteeism, which can harm student outcomes.
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Alaska’s Division of Public Assistance makes progress on food stamp backlog

Earlier this month, food aid was delayed by more than a month for more than 12,000 Alaskans. That number is down to 10,074.
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Plan for Alaska’s first tribally operated public schools inches closer to completion 

Alaska's Board of Education has approved a Department of Education and Early Development report on the State Tribal Education Compact.
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Alaska Native leaders bring light to state-specific challenges in federal MMIP report

“The federal government must act now; not tomorrow; not next week; not next month; and not next year,” the commission said.