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The Alaska Watchman is tracking these bills which are all scheduled for hearings this week. To publicly comment on any of these bills, click here to find a Legislative Information Office near you to testify by phone. TRIBAL CONTROL OF VILLAGE SCHOOLS Senate Bill 136, which grants tribal leaders greater control over public education in Alaska’s villages, is scheduled for a hearing on Thursday, Feb. 27, at 9 a.m. in the Senate Education Committee. The...

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Governor Mike Dunleavy is highlighting the opportunities Alaskans have to send their children to private, public, charter, religious or home-schools. In observance of National School Choice Week the governor issued a proclamation in support of educational options across the state. “All children in Alaska should have access to the highest-quality education possible,” Dunleavy said in his Jan. 26 proclamation. “We must exercise creativity in providing a multitude of excellent educational options for parents to choose...

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Last month the superintendents of seven Alaska school districts sent Governor Mike Dunleavy, a former teacher himself, a letter declaring that “Alaska’s students are presently in a reading achievement crisis.” Reading scores are low compared to national scores, and not improving. The Anchorage School District, in its 2019 report to the community last month, revealed that only 42% of students in grades three through nine had achieved proficient or advanced scores in language arts. Previous...

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Students in an exclusive Eagle River school learn coding and robotics in science, study American Sign Language and Latin in language arts, and master aerial acrobatics and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in physical education. This publicly funded school boasts a four-to-one student-teacher ratio. At another location in Fairbanks, students dissect sheep hearts in biology, learn vocational skills in auto mechanics and explore special interests in robotics and engineering while earning college credits as high schoolers. “We didn’t...

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In an effort to grant tribal leaders greater control over public education in Alaska’s Native villages, Gov. Mike Dunleavy has thrown support behind an initiative called “tribal compacting.” Announced during his Oct. 17 address in Fairbanks to the Alaska Federation of Natives Convention, Gov. Dunleavy’s plan would allow tribal governments to operate and oversee K-12 grade schools, while infusing classroom education with a “culturally rich combination of Western and millennia-old tribal education models.” “too many...

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Governor Mike Dunleavy is highlighting the choice that Alaskans have to send their children to private, public, charter, religious or home-schools. In observance of National School Choice Week the governor issued a proclamation in support of educational options across the state. “All children in Alaska should have access to the highest-quality education possible,” Dunleavy said in his Jan. 20 proclamation. “Alaska’s geographic challenges demand that, as a state, we exercise creativity in providing a multitude...

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