2023-03 School District, Federal & State News


Alaska School District News

Anchorage – Anchorage School District hosts town halls on shifting school start times – Anchorage Daily News

Anchorage – What’s included in this year’s $38M Anchorage school bond – Morgan Krakow, Anchorage Daily News

Anchorage – Anchorage School District Bond will pay to replace or repair leaky roofs – Lauren Maxwell, Alaska’s News Source

Anchorage – Pleas made to the Anchorage School District to keep a homeschool Charter from dissolving – Alaska’s News Source

Anchorage – Anchorage School Board to vote on charter school takeover after district calls its committee ‘fundamentally dysfunctional’ – Morgan Krakow, ADN

Anchorage – ASD requests board terminate charter for Anchorage Family Partnership school – Lauren Maxwell, Alaska’s News Source

Anchorage – Anchorage School District closes 5 school libraries due to snow load – Tim Rockey, Alaska Public Media

Anchorage – Roof replacements, security vestibules among improvements in Anchorage school bond – Tim Rockey, Alaska Public Media

Anchorage – Anchorage voters to decide on using marijuana taxes to fund early education, child care programs – Wesley Early, Alaska Public Media

Bering Strait – After the fatal polar bear attack in Wales, a collective approach to healing – Rhonda McBride, KNBA

Bristol Bay – Bristol Bay Borough School District chooses Oregon principal as its next superintendent – Isabelle Ross, KDLG

Bristol Bay – Dillingham school district asks the city for an additional $400K to offset inflation – Christina McDermott, KDLG

Fairbanks – District considers relocating CEC program as it receives offer – Jack Barnwell, Fairbanks Daily News-Miner

Fairbanks – District Attorney’s Office announces new Junior DA Program – Fairbanks Daily News-Miner

Haines – Six new staff to join Haines School – Chilkat Valley News

Juneau – Juneau school board announces superintendent finalists – Katie Anastas, KTOO

Juneau – Juneau school board approves budget built around uncertain state, city funding – Katie Anastas, KTOO

Juneau – Juneau School District asks Assembly for $2.5 million in extra funding – Katie Anastas, KTOO

Juneau – Tlingit & Haida selected for State-Tribal Education Compact Pilot Program – KINY News, Juneau

Juneau – Juneau School District loses $269K to scammer – Katie Anastas, KTOO

Juneau – Juneau School District gives response to scam – KINY News

Kenai – Borough, Soldotna call on Legislature to increase school funding – Ashlyn O’Hara, Peninsula Clarion

Kenai – Seven district schools looking for principals – Riley Board, KDLL, Dillingham

Kenai – District’s first Indigenous film festival premieres today – Sabine Poux, KDLL

Ketchikan – Ketchikan Indian Community among five tribes selected for state-tribal education compact pilot program – Raegan Miller, KRBD Ketchikan

Ketchikan – School board votes to renew contract with assistant superintendent after push from Ketchikan Indian Community – Eric Stone, KRBD

Ketchikan – Assistant superintendent calls for Ketchikan school board member’s resignation – Eric Stone, KRBD

Ketchikan – Gubatayao refuses call to quit Board – Sam Stockbridge, Ketchikan Daily News

Ketchikan – KTN delegation pushes for local projects in Juneau – Austin Otos & Grant Echohawk, Ketchikan Daily News

Kodiak – KIBSD faces large budget deficit – Caleb Oswell, Kodiak Daily Mirror

Kodiak – Assembly: limited options for KIBSD budget – Caleb Oswell, Kodiak Daily Mirror

Kodiak – Kodiak Island Borough School District braces for another year of flat funding – Brian Venua, KMXT

Kodiak – Kodiak high school students learn seafood smoking and safety – Caleb Taylor, Alaska Native News

LKSD – Lower Kuskokwim School District measures Yugtun in a Yup’ik way – Sunni Bean, KYUK Bethel

Mat-Su – Mat-Su bus drivers ratify contract, end strike – Nolin Ainsworth & Carly Schreck, Alaska’s News Source

Nome – Nome schools prioritize filling cultural education position – Greg Knight, KNOM

Nome – Nome school board approves bonus for district employees – Greg Knight, KNOM

Petersburg – Superintendent Erica Kludt-Painter addresses Petersburg School District staffing challenges – Shelby Herbert, KFSK

Sitka – Without action from legislature, Sitka’s schools could lose 15 teaching positions next year – Robert Woolsey, KCAW

Sitka – Steve Bradshaw to serve as interim superintendent for Sitka School District – Katherine Rose, KCAW

Sitka – Sitka School Board looks to close ‘opportunity gap,’ boosts pay for Ventures aides – Robert Woolsey, KCAW

Tanana – House bill would allow Tanana to decide future as first-class city – Jack Barnwell, Fairbanks Daily News-Miner

Wrangell – With looming financial burdens, Wrangell’s school board and assembly discuss consolidating schools – Sage Smiley, KSTK Wrangell

Wrangell – School district encourages public to push for more state funding – Wrangell Sentinel

Wrangell – District contracts outside business manager – Marc Lutz, Wrangell Sentinel

Yupiit – Help is on the way for Tuluksak’s school, but it’s not clear when running water will be restored – Francisco Martínezcuello, KYUK Bethel

Yupiit – Tuluksak water crisis enters 4th week – Tim Rockey and Joey Klecka, Alaska’s News Source

State and Federal News

State Board of Education selects five tribes to begin Tribal School Compacting, adopts resolution to preserve opportunity for student athletes and regulations for teacher certification – KINY News, Juneau

Alaska House committee removes funding for state attorney assigned to sue local school districts – James Brooks, Alaska Beacon

State agency: Dunleavy’s ‘parental rights’ bill could violate Alaska Constitution – Iris Samuels, Anchorage Daily News

Protest held against Gov. Dunleavy’s ‘Parental Rights’ bill – Joe Kinneen, Alaska’s News Source

Alaska state school board supports barring transgender female students from girls’ sports – Sophia Carlisle, Alaska Beacon

New Alaska education commissioner appointee declines job – Katie Anastas, KTOO

After years of contentious fights, Alaska’s state budget is advancing smoothly in the House – James Brooks, Alaska Beacon

House education committee takes first crack at Dunleavy bills – Jack Barnwell, Fairbanks Daily News-Miner

Senate hears concerns about school district budgets – Senator Gary Stevens, Kodiak Daily Mirror

Providers look to Legislature to help fix Southeast Alaska’s ‘child care desert’ – Alain d’Epremesnil, KHNS

Alaska Academic Decathlon State Winners – Rep. Peltola joins high school students during the event – KINY News, Juneau

Senator Wielechowski introduces legislation ensuring financial literacy curriculum is taught for Alaska high school students – KINY, Juneau

A legislative fight brews in Alaska over Gov. Dunleavy’s ‘parental rights’ measure – Iris Samuels & Sean Maguire, Anchorage Daily News

Dunleavy education bills would restrict sex ed, offer teacher bonuses – Iris Samuels & Sean Maguire, Anchorage Daily News

New education bills unveiled by Gov. Dunleavy – Elena Symmes and Shannon Cole, Alaska’s News Source

Anchorage library manager appointed to national education commission – Iris Samuels, Anchorage Daily News

OPINION: The keys to Alaska education success: Investing in public schools and student-centered innovation – Lon Garrison, Executive Director, AASB, Anchorage Daily News

Alaska senators introduce bipartisan bill intended to revive a pension program for state workers – James Brooks, Alaska Beacon

Alaska Senate president makes new pitch to tax e-cigarette products and discourage youth vaping – Yereth Rosen, Alaska Beacon

Capitol update: James Brooks does the math on school funding and Alaska Permanent Fund dividends – Liz Ruskin, Alaska Public Media

Alaska school board and Gov. Dunleavy pick new education commissioner – James Brooks, Alaska Beacon

House minority unhappy with lack of progress on education, workforce issues – Elena Symmes, Alaska’s News Source

Two bills in legislature could increase per-student funding – Greg Knight, KNOM