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Empire Editorial: Challenges await new superintendent

The Juneau Board of Education found its guy. Following a weekend frenzy of public interviews and a beachside meet and greet, Mark Miller of California was selected as Juneau's new superintendent of schools.
Empire Editorial: District misfires its handling of gun incident

There was no shortage of information last week when a Thunder Mountain student took a handgun to school. Sadly, none of that information came from the Juneau School District until long after police intervened and peacefully resolved the matter.
Remember the bright side

It's hard to beat this "feels like summer" spring to bring out the best of Juneau. The whales are returning, the kings are running, the hiking trails are open and the flowers are blooming.
Empire Editorial: Don't gorge now to starve later

Thanks to an increase in per-pupil funding, the Juneau Board of Education was able to restore 16 jobs - for now. The Legislature approved an additional $300 million for education, an amount that will be spread across three years and the entire state.
Empire Editorial: Some students more equal than others

The Juneau Board of Education wants all students to receive equitable treatment, so it included a $440,000 program in next year's budget that caters to...
Empire Editorial: The committee has spoken the budget proposal that will go before school board members next week. When it does, it's our hope the Juneau Board of Education heeds the recommendation of its 17-member committee: smaller class sizes and fewer teachers with pink slips...
School vouchers move step closer to ballot box

Giving Alaskans the option to vote on whether or not the state should provide families with vouchers to attend private schools moved one step closer to becoming reality Friday.
State | Local
Empire Editorial: Apathy trumps involvement yet again

Four people attended Thursday's public forum on the search to find Juneau's next superintendent. Half of those attendees, an Empire reporter and photographer, were paid to be there.
Sam's the man

Sam Kito III didn't sleep much last Thursday after receiving a late night phone call. On the other end was Gov. Sean Parnell, informing Kito he'd be Juneau's new member of the House of Representatives.
State | AK legislature
Empire Editorial: Report sheds light on middle school sports travel ban

...permanent ban on middle school sports travel is expected to have its proposal ready in time for the February Juneau Board of Education meeting.The group - led by community member Jon Kurland, who is spearheading the effort - has completed its...


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