Education

Alaska Native Cultural Charter School Principal Sheila Sweetsir asks a student a question during the morning assembly on Feb. 20, 2024.

6 things to know about Alaska charter schools and why they’re No. 1 in the nation

Principals from Alaska’s top-ranked charter school point to a variety of reasons for their success.
People dressed in red watch a school board meeting.

Anchorage School District restores elementary art classes in budget proposal

The school board will vote on the final budget proposal next week.

Fairbanks North Star Borough School board hears about impending school closures

Members heard about the closures of Ben Eielson Jr./Sr. High School and Ticasuk Brown Elementary School, as well as the possibility of closing two more elementary schools.
A sign in a snowbank covered in snow.

Education funding and outcomes | Talk of Alaska

What is the best way to support students, teachers and schools for Alaska’s future? We discuss educational outcomes and funding on this Talk of Alaska.
three men in suits on the floor of the Alaska House of Representatives

Future of education bill uncertain after rural lawmakers raise early objections

Three members representing areas off the road system voted against a key procedural question, throwing the future of the bill into limbo.

Kenai Central students get a behind-the-scenes look at career options

This year’s job shadow day saw about 25 business participants, including Marathon Petroleum, Duke’s Transmission, Full Auto Repair and more.
A sign says Anchorage School District.

Anchorage school employee arrested after police say he assaulted a student

Police say the paraprofessional “put his hands” on a Baxter Elementary student following a disagreement on the playground.
Lori Townsend and Brian Mason look at Kevin Toothaker, who sits between them, mimicking the motion used during ice fishing.

Combining lessons in culture, history, and outdoor skills | Alaska Insight

Lori Townsend and her guests discuss the ways they incorporate traditional knowledge and culture into practical lessons about biology and outdoor skills.
the Alaska State Capitol

Funding remains a key sticking point in education bill debate

Leaders of the state House and Senate say they've found some common ground, but education funding remains a key sticking point.
Man speaking in front of state seal

Gov. Dunleavy casts doubt on future of Senate-passed public-sector pension bill

In a news conference on Wednesday, Dunleavy said he was skeptical that a pension plan would make a significant difference in recruiting young people.
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Juneau teachers, students and parents react to proposed school cutbacks

Juneau School District leaders are considering closing or reorganizing schools and cutting staff, as they face a nearly $8 million budget deficit.
Anchorage School Board Superintendent Jharrett Bryantt and Board President Margo Bellamy.

Anchorage School District budget would cut nearly 100 jobs

The budget is balanced by using most of the district’s savings.
hearing room

Alaska school administrators urge action on ‘crisis’ in teacher hiring and turnover

"We are struggling in the worst crisis Alaska has ever seen in terms of turnover. We can't recruit teachers," said Lisa Parady, who leads the Alaska Council of School Administrators.
lawmakers

Alaska senator proposes more armed staff or volunteers in schools

Senate Bill 173, from Republican Shelley Hughes, received its first hearing last week and has received a tide of opposition.
school bus in front of building

A closer look at the Harvard charter school study making waves in Juneau

A new study ranks Alaska's charter schools No. 1 in the nation. Gov. Mike Dunleavy has cited the study in calls to expand charter schools.
Class desks in front of clear windows with alternated yellow and blue tints

ACLU sues Mat-Su school district over bathroom policy for transgender students

The lawsuit alleges that the district violated the student’s constitutional rights to privacy and equal protection.

Gov. Dunleavy’s State of the State addresses resource development, education

Gov. Mike Dunleavy implored Alaskans and lawmakers to capitalize on the state’s natural resources in his annual State of the State address Tuesday. 

Protestors rally for school funding increase outside Alaska State Capitol

Hundreds of protestors gathered in front of the Alaska State Capitol on Monday to call for an increase in education funding. 
A woman gasps as she is handed flowers and a plaque.

Dimond teacher named finalist for National Teacher of the Year award

Cat Walker is the second Alaskan finalist for the national award in as many years.
An adult helps two teenage students use an ice auger on Wasilla Lake.

Mat-Su ice fishing outing helps teens learn where their food comes from

Young members of the Knik Tribe go ice fishing to learn about subsistence harvests.

Wide-ranging Alaska House education bill would boost school funding but faces uncertain future

The legislation includes priorities important to many Republicans in the Alaska House, but some key lawmakers say they have doubts.
a man

Juneau School District may close schools and cut staff amid budget crisis

“The thing we need from the public is an awareness and an acceptance that nobody is coming out untouched,” one school board member said. “Nobody.”
a classroom

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.

Anchorage middle school reports suspected mumps case

Romig Middle School staff canceled after-school activities Thursday when they learned of the case. The school is being disinfected, pending test results.

Alaska Legislature fails to override governor’s veto of $87M in public school funding

The vote failed 33-26. Three quarters of the combined bodies, or 45 votes, would have been required to override the veto.

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