2022-08 School District, Federal & State News


Alaska School District News

ASD – Anchorage’s school bus driver shortage: How it unfolded and what we know so far – Morgan Krakow, ADN

ASD – Active-duty airmen to drive some Anchorage school buses – Tim Rockey and Taylor Burke, Alaska’s News Source

ASD – Anchorage school meal program faces worker shortage, loss of pandemic funding – Katie Anastas, Alaska Public Media

ASD – Anchorage’s new schools superintendent confronts bus driver shortage and low enrollment as the academic year begins – Casey Grove, Alaska Public Media

ASD – ASD superintendent talks future at first school board meeting – Connor Matteson, Alaska’s News Source

Delta/Greely – School district to present information on active shooter protocols – Michael Paschall, Delta Wind

Delta/Greely – Delta Elementary School helps with Ukrainian transition – Michael Paschall, Delta Wind

Dillingham – A Bristol Bay principal bet his hair on his seniors’ success. They all graduated. – Isabelle Ross, KDLG

FNSBSD – Fairbanks school district to resume superintendent search – Jack Barnwell, Fairbanks Daily News-Miner

FNSBSD – Fairbanks teacher recruitment: ‘Turning over every stone’ – Jack Barnwell, Fairbanks Daily News-Miner

FNSBSD – First day of school provides few transportation disruptions – Jack Barnwell, Fairbanks Daily News-Miner

Juneau – New school year starts ‘a lot closer to normal’ – Clarise Larson, Juneau Empire

Juneau – Superintendent Weiss gets an ‘A+’ from school board during evaluation – KINY

KPBSD – Few COVID-19 policies in place as new school year begins – Riley Board, KDLL

KPBSD – Kenai Peninsula School District extends blended course offerings to rural schools – Alaska’s News Source

KPBSD – Bond package could chip away at school maintenance – Ashlyn O’Hara, Peninsula Clarion

Ketchikan – On eve of first day of school, Board OKs revision to absence policy – Sam Stockbridge, Ketchikan Daily News 

Ketchikan – Ketchikan educator named ‘Teacher of Distinction’ at SHI conference – KINY

Ketchikan – Central Council president weighs in on lawsuit over the use of tribal values in a Ketchikan school – Raegan Miller, KRBD

KIBSD – School district needs 50 employees – Steve Williams, Kodiak Daily Mirror

KIBSD – Kodiak Island Borough School District welcomes a group of teachers from the Philippines as staffing struggles persist – Dylan Simard, KMXT

KIBSD – Alaska high school sports team manager gets 18 years for production of child porn – Bob D’Angelo, Cox Media Group

LKSD – A Lower Kuskokwim School District program is helping recruit local teachers and preserve the culture of the Y-K Delta – Will McCarthy, KYUK, Bethel

LKSD – LKSD approves land acknowledgment statement – The Delta Discovery

LYSD – Alaska Communications to provide satellite connectivity for Lower Yukon school students’ home internet service – Janmesh Chintankar, Vanilla +

Mat-Su – Mat-Su students go one day a week without bus service as hiring struggle continues – Katie Anastas, Alaska Public Media

Mat-Su – Mat-Su school transportation crisis prompts cancellation of sports buses – Zaz Hollander, ADN

Mat-Su – New K-12 charter school will serve growing Alaska Native population in Mat-Su Borough – Katie Anastas, Alaska Public Media

Petersburg – School board sets relaxed COVID-19 guidelines – Chris Basinger, Petersburg Pilot

Petersburg – School Board Meeting Audio Archive – Tom Abbott, KFSK

Sitka – School heat pump repairs top Sitka Assembly discussions – KINY, Juneau

Wrangell – School board approves four new hires – Wrangell Sentinel

Wrangell – School district cuts spending to cope with reduced state funding – Wrangell Sentinel

State and Federal News

Schools across Alaska are struggling to find teachers – Lisa Phu, Alaska Beacon

Six “teen heroes” recognized for the good they’re putting in Alaska – Taylor Burke, Alaska’s News Source

University of Alaska Southeast, UAA to collaborate on ‘Project LEAF’ (Literacy Equity for Alaskan Families) – KINY, Juneau

Tuition assistance increases at all University of Alaska campuses for Alaska National Guard – Victoria Granado, Alaska National Guard Public Affairs / Alaska Native News

3 things you need to know about Biden’s student loan announcement – Sequoia Carrillo – NPR

Alaska sees sharp drop in child vaccinations, prompting concern about future outbreaks of preventable diseases – Annie Berman, ADN

Alaska Bill Establishes New State Broadband Office – News Staff, Government Technology

Alaska Supreme Court rules against forward funding for education, confirms limit on legislative power – James Brooks, Alaska Beacon

With new guidance, CDC ends test-to-stay for schools and relaxes COVID rules – Will Stone, NPR

Biden-⁠Harris Administration Brings High-Speed, Affordable Internet to Tribal Communities – The White House

Tribal Colleges and Universities: What to Know – Sarah Wood, U.S. News & World Report

REL Northwest Supports Alaska’s Literacy Efforts at Statewide Reading Symposium – REL

Alaska Communications To Provide Satellite Connectivity to Support the Lower Yukon School District’s Families and Students With Home Internet Service – Business Wire

Celebrating what’s served on the plate: Serving the youngest Alaskans local, traditional foods – Play Every Day, Alaska Dept. of Health,