Education

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Alaska faces consequences as federal education funding equity dispute continues

State officials offered the feds a $300,000 compromise instead of $17 million adjustment.
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‘An unfair fight’: The U.S. surgeon general declares war on social media

Vivek Murthy called this week for social media platforms to carry warning labels like those put on cigarettes and alcohol, due to their effects on teens.
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As Alaska high court preps for correspondence school arguments, here’s what each side says

The state and plaintiffs submitted briefs outlining their arguments. They'll make their case during oral arguments set for June 27.
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The replacement of one of Anchorage’s oldest schools is underway

Inlet View Elementary School was built in 1957. Supporters of the rebuild say the school is too old and too crowded.
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Stedman confident education funding will survive the governor’s desk

Senate Finance Committee Co-Chair Sen. Bert Stedman, R-Sitka, weighed in on whether Gov. Mike Dunleavy will veto education funds this year.
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Drag story hour carries on in Seward despite a bomb threat and evacuation

Families evacuated from Seward's library and Museum moments before Saturday's story hour began. It continued at the Alaska SeaLife Center.
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18-year-old Mat-Su grad seeks seat on school board that silenced him

“I thought that sitting on the board as student representative would be enough to make a positive change within our district, but I realized it wasn’t,” Ben Kolendo said.
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Anchorage School Board approves career academies with opt-out provision after 9th grade

Business leaders voiced overwhelming support for the career academies model, which freshman will begin this fall.
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Self-advocacy and accommodations for college students with disabilities | Line One

On this Line One, host Prentiss Pemberton is joined by a college disabilities expert to discuss how students can advocate for themselves in college.
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Fort Wainwright just opened the Army’s largest child care center

Staff hope the new Denegee Child Development Center will help clear the fort's waiting list of children in need of child care.
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Anchorage School Board to vote tonight on controversial career academies plan

District leaders say the academies will boost graduation rates. But others, including the head of the teachers union, are skeptical.
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Judicial Council recommends Alaskans keep all judges, including jurist behind correspondence ruling

Adolf Zeman is only one of 19 judges that will be on the November general election ballot, but he’s received the lion’s share of attention.
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Visa programs draw foreign teachers to Alaska’s rural school districts

“I consider this already as my family, the community here, the kids here," said Filpino special education teacher Dale Ebcas in Upper Kalskag.
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Anchorage 3rd grader wins statewide Doodle for Google art competition

Lennex Czajkowski won the statewide Doodle for Google competition with her piece titled “For the World not to be Polluted.”
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Meet Phyllis Bowie, Anchorage’s longest-serving teacher who’s retiring after 50 years

Her students and coworkers describe her as the cornerstone of the school, and have crowned her the queen of alternative education.

An Anchorage high school senior talks about what graduation means to him

Service High's Coen Niclai is a star baseball player and a volunteer peer mentor for freshman and students with intellectual disabilities.
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Last-ditch attempt to return Alaska teacher, public employee pensions fails on Senate floor

The pension proposal would have piggybacked on a bill that aims to remedy the state’s teacher staffing crisis.
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Correspondence school families say recent Alaska court ruling left them panicked, shocked and angry

Alaska Public Media asked homeschool families to tell us how the court decision impacts their lives and received a flood of responses.
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Alaska House nears vote on big increase for public school maintenance statewide

The House Finance Committee approved the most school maintenance funding since 2011.

Competing Alaska House and Senate bills propose fixes to homeschool laws ruled unconstitutional

After a judge ruled Alaska's correspondence school program violates the state Constitution, lawmakers are looking for a way forward.
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UAA graduation is extra sweet for students who missed high school ceremonies 4 years ago

Sunday’s ceremony stands in contrast to four years ago, when the COVID-19 pandemic brought in-person gatherings to a halt across the globe.
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Homeschool ruling is on hold — but only through the end of June, judge rules

The judge’s order denying the state’s motion for a longer stay of the ruling also clarifies key aspects of the case.

Dunleavy says lawmakers shouldn’t pass bills to address homeschool decision. Lawmakers say that’s risky.

Gov. Mike Dunleavy is calling on lawmakers to pause their efforts to address a court ruling that threatens the state’s homeschool system, saying they should wait for a ruling from the Alaska Supreme Court. "This...
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Juneau parents petition to recall school board leaders in response to district’s consolidation plan

The petitioners are worried about the impacts of closing and rearranging schools for students, as the board addresses a $7.9 million deficit.

Dunleavy signals support for $175 million one-year education funding boost

The funding increase approved by the House and Senate would provide a one-year increase of roughly $680 per student.

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