Claire Stremple - Alaska Beacon

Claire Stremple - Alaska Beacon
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Young students sit behind desks in an elementary school classroom.

State develops ‘playbook’ to help Alaska schools hire and keep teachers

The online document includes potential actions that can be taken by different groups like school districts, communities and legislators.
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Report links lack of investment in school guidance programs to Alaska’s lagging workforce

A report from the Association of Alaska School Boards noted that one in five young adults in Alaska isn’t connected to school or work.

Alaska’s Health Department works through one food stamp backlog only to confront another

Division of Public Assistance officials say they fell behind on newer applications for food aid while staff worked through backlogged cases.
the Anchorage Correctional Complex

Anchorage inmate dies after 2 days in custody in 7th Alaska inmate death this year

Tristan Andrews was housed at the Anchorage Correctional Complex when he was pronounced dead on Aug. 29. He was 29 years old.
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Dunleavy appoints new regent to University of Alaska board 

Stephen Colligan is Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s third attempt to fill the Board of Regents seat, after Bethany Marcum and Tuckerman Babcock.
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University of Alaska system boasts overall enrollment growth after financial challenges

The news of overall 4.7% growth systemwide comes after a five-year downward trend in student enrollment.
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AmeriCorps to increase investment with tribes in rural Alaska

“We’re looking to figure out how we can go deeper into places of greatest need,” said AmeriCorps CEO Michael Smith.
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Alaska Native youth to carve two dugout canoes with federal education funding boost

The goal is to teach Tlingit culture while applying the principles of science, technology, engineering and math education to canoe making.
Alaska National Guardsmen

Alaska nonprofit law firm to receive $4.7M to assist disaster recovery

The funding will serve residents in Alaska and other Western states.
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Alaska tribes, university to receive federal grants for repatriation of remains and cultural items

Alaska tribes and UAF will receive more than $350,000 in grants as part of the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act.
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New ID law intended to support Alaskans exiting incarceration, reduce recidivism 

The Department of Corrections will be able to issue state IDs to prisoners who lack valid identification when they leave incarceration.
the University of Alaska Fairbanks

Tuckerman Babcock resigns from UA Board of Regents after 2 months

Gov. Mike Dunleavy appointed Babcock, his former chief of staff, to the board after legislators rejected Bethany Marcum for the position.
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Alaska Department of Health moves to ease parts of child care licensing burden

State law requires child care centers to have static IP addresses, which can be costly and hard to get in remote parts of Alaska with sporadic internet access.
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Alaskans faced a food stamp backlog, now they must wait to appeal the delay in benefits

Progress has been made getting more people food stamps, but advocates say the process to appeal state denials or delays is breaking down.
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Nonattorney advocates to represent Alaskans in court under new waiver

The Alaska Legal Services Corp.’s director said the system is unique to Alaska — no other state has a program quite like it.
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Study: To hire and keep teachers in remote Alaska, school districts need to pay a lot more

Districts that cannot pay such high salaries need to look at other solutions like improved working conditions.
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New data shows measurable progress on Alaska’s food stamp backlog

Thousands of people are still waiting for food aid, but the trend is positive.
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Dunleavy veto cuts Head Start increase as centers struggle to pay teachers, serve children in need

Seven of 17 programs are on notice that federal funding is in jeopardy without changes.

Would-be child care providers in remote Alaska say it’s all but impossible to get a state license

Access to child care is an issue statewide, but remote areas face added hurdles.