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The 28th Alaska Legislature in plain English

...145VETS' RETIREMENT/LOANS/HOUSING/EMPLOYMENTIf you serve in the military and die on duty but qualified for Alaska's public retirement system, your family still gets your public employee death benefits. Also, this defines the term "veteran...
Empire Editorial: Education reform shouldn't be rushed system shouldn't be rushed. What voucher model will Alaska follow, and what effect will that have on Alaska's public schools? What happens if a private school underperforms after receiving state funds? Will it still receive state...
Legislative roundup for Sunday, Feb. 9, 2014

...Our public schools are a cornerstone of our constitution and the foundation of our future," Gardner said. "Alaska's public schools educate our people and level the playing field for Alaskans no matter their race, religion, or economic...
State | AK legislature
Begich: Public money for public schools

...said public dollars are for public schools, "period."Begich said there is already plenty of school choice in Alaska's public system, including home schools, charter schools and alternative programs. He also said there are "examples of...
State | AK legislature
My Turn: School vouchers more harmful than helpful

...their type of "school choice" is needed because Alaska schools are not performing based on cherry-picked data. Alaska's public schools do have challenges, no one denies that. The Department of Education and Early Development, school boards...
Task force members clash on education funding in areas like pre-kindergarten. He said he was not suggesting that more money will fix the problems facing Alaska's public school system and said he shares fellow members' concerns with how money is being used."But you can't say we're...
School budgets getting slashed statewide, he did not recommend increasing the Base Student Allocation, which is the primary revenue stream for Alaska's public schools.Pairing the current BSA from the state with soaring health care costs and employee raises each year means...
State | Local
Empire Editorial: Making good news better

...good for any Alaska school district.Gamble told the Empire's Editorial Board on Tuesday that many youth from Alaska's public schools are having some pretty hard landings when they take their academic placement tests, a majority piling into...
Legislative leaders raise labor cost concerns

...state pension liability estimated at about $11 billion, they said.The lawmakers said they appreciate the value of Alaska's public employees but must balance the input from other constituents, who say wages, benefits and other terms of state...
Alaska hopes to lead in digitizing classrooms

...connection.Even the state's largest district has concerns.The Anchorage School Board, which serves over a third of Alaska's public school students, hasn't taken an official position on the program, according to President Jeannie Mackie.As...


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