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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...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2014-03-04/begich-public-money-public-schools
State | AK legislature
Empire Editorial: Education reform shouldn't be rushed

...education 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...

http://juneauempire.com/opinion/2014-02-20/empire-editorial-education-reform-sho
Opinion
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...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2014-02-09/legislative-roundup-sunday-feb-9-2014
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...

http://juneauempire.com/opinion/2014-01-26/my-turn-school-vouchers-more-harmful-
Opinion
Task force members clash on education funding

...investments 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...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2014-01-02/task-force-members-clash-education-fund
State
School budgets getting slashed statewide

...education, 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...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2013-12-22/school-budgets-getting-slashed-statewid
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...

http://juneauempire.com/opinion/2013-09-26/empire-editorial-making-good-news-bet
Opinion
Sean Parnell says he'll seek re-election as governor

...a state-funded scholarship program that he sees as key to helping raise expectations for students and changing Alaska's public education system.Perhaps his biggest win came just weeks ago, with passage of a tax cut on oil companies. Parnell...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2013-05-05/sean-parnell-says-hell-seek-re-election
State
Retirement board gets appointments

...in Alaska. The appointments were made by Gov. Sean Parnell.Brice said he hopes to strengthen retirements for Alaska's public employees."I think we need to have a very honest conversation about getting Alaska public employees back into...

http://juneauempire.com/local/2012-07-17/retirement-board-gets-appointments
Local
High court weighs in on union communications

...implied in our statutes," said the ruling, written by Justice Daniel Winfree, which adds later: "Implicit in Alaska's public union statutory rights is the right of the union and its members to function free of harassment and undue interference...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2012-07-24/high-court-weighs-union-communications
State

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