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Juneau school board approves charter school through 2026

...charter schools might widen a gap. Though Story framed it as a charter vs. neighborhood schools issue, board member Barbara Thurston pointed out that any small school will have more funding per pupil than a large school will. Having raised so many...
At workshop, 'ordinary people' consider seeking office

...meetings.School board members report spending fewer hours in meetings and on preparation, but school board member Barbara Thurston said another member, Andi Story, might spend as much as 40 hours a week on related activities because she has the...
JSD considers bullying prevention, intervention

...address the problem through more staff training and a consistent message across the district. School board member Barbara Thurston also suggested that in addition to discouraging hazing, it may be helpful to suggest positive team bonding activities...
School board OKs special election

...alternative education should be involved, adding: "The key is to meet the needs of the students."School board member Barbara Thurston presented another angle - finances.Thurston acknowledged there are benefits to keeping the program small, but...
New math adds up for board ebooks, explaining that some students may not have access to devices or the Internet. School board member Barbara Thurston asked about options for students for whom math isn't their strongest subject but who still need to meet the graduation...
Committee recommends new math texts meeting state standards

...broader challenge they face in updating technology in schools and providing for equity among students. Board member Barbara Thurston suggested updating as many texts as possible while the district can still get books, before an anticipated move...
School board approves charter school contract

...charter school receives more funding per student and that "neighborhood schools end up paying more."Board member Barbara Thurston said small schools in general tend to receive more funding and Means agreed that it is "one of the basic tenets...
Freshmen dropped from PE option

...required to earn three credits - three semesters - of physical education before graduating.School board member Barbara Thurston recommended an amendment to allow freshmen the independent option, but none of the other board members supported...
JSD plans to expand Tlingit education program to all students

...faced scrutiny in the early 1990s for "identifying too many Natives in special education."School board member Barbara Thurston said she worries that if the district labels fewer Native students as needing special education, some who really...
Thanks for supporting science fair garage sale

...Michaels Yares; and all of the adults and parents: Bill Leighty, Nancy Waterman, Kevin Heffern, Erik Pihl, Barbara Thurston, Bob Saviers, Corrine Marks, Estella Holst, Fred Yares, Joann Simpson, Nadine Marx, Randy Davis, Robin MacDonald...


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