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Concerns block STEM charter school vote, the largest crowd to appear in opposition since the charter school talks began in August.Board member Barbara Thurston was surprised to learn that Riverbend school officials and parents were only now informed they could become home...
STEM school paused amid concerns

...schools or go to other schools, but work the best we can for all the kids in the system," Hoover said.Board member Barbara Thurston told the board to either definitively vote no on the matter or hold off on making a decision, which is what eventually...
Low enrollment equals $287K loss for JSD

...that's not good for kids, not good for teachers and it's not good for the district," Mackey said.Board member Barbara Thurston said she was voting to approve the contract even though after reading it she didn't agree with the final mark up...
Big push for STEM

...disproportionate numbers."What we intend to do is turn it into a positive agent for change," Norman said.Board member Barbara Thurston reminded Summit representatives that current district guidelines for student assignment by address would have to...
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...
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...
Miller's contract extended to 2018

...Valley. Members of the community, including Tlingit members, spoke in support of the charter school.Board member Barbara Thurston highlighted that the charter program, intended to benefit low-income children, might not meet its goals unless...
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...


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