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alaska Ballot Initiative on School Funding Successful

...ducation bonds, the largest education bond initiative in the history of the state, were approved by alaska voters this month. The bonds include funding for several university projects and for new rural school buildings in three communities serving alaska Native students. Schools in Kipnuk, Alakanuk and Kwigillingok have long been at the top of the Department of Education’s maintenance list; all three were serving at least double the number of students they were built for and had many other...
Date: 2010-11-26

alaska Judge Demands Action for Rural Schools

...nks are free and current at time of posting, but may require registration or expire over time. The alaska high court has ruled that the state is still not complying with a previous order to develop and implement improvement plans for chronically underperforming rural schools. On March 31, Judge Sharon Gleason gave the State Department of Education and Early Childhood two months to produce a “proper effort” and said she may appoint a special master if the state does not come up with ...
Date: 2010-04-29

alaska Rural Districts' Case Decided

...tem was unconstitutional and discriminatory because many of the students in plaintiff districts are alaska Natives. Kasayulie districts received favorable decisions in 1999 and 2001. After those Superior Court decisions, additional capital funding was allocated to rural school construction needs. But the case remained open because the alaska Legislature had not implemented a permanent legislative fix for the districts and because the parties were waiting for the valuation of land held in trust ...
Date: 2011-10-27

alaska Rural School Facilities Receiving Attention by Policymakers

...ree and current at time of posting, but may require registration or expire over time. Lawmakers in alaska could be nearing a resolution of a ten-year old facility funding case. Earlier this month, state legislators toured remote districts serving primarily alaska Native children where crumbling schools are at double their capacity. And, Governor Sean Parnell has suggested using some of a projected 2010 budget surplus toward building and repairing rural schools. The state’s facilities fun...
Date: 2010-02-25

alaska Still Denying Rural Students in Struggling Schools

...This article appeared in the February 2009 Rural Policy Matters.   Superior Court Judge Sharon Gleason has ruled that the state of alaska is continuing to deny students in struggling rural schools the education they are guaranteed under the alaska Constitution. The ruling is part of the ongoing lawsuit Moore vs. State of alaska.   Gleason found that the state should provide pre-kindergarten and provide more oversight and assistance to under-performing school districts. She als...
Date: 2009-03-12

alaska's Rural Districts Settle Lawsuit; Win Additional Funding

...ars of litigation, and ten months of discussions between a group of plaintiff school districts, the alaska Attorney General, and alaska’s Commissioner of Education and Early Development, the Moore v. alaska funding adequacy lawsuit has ended. The Citizens for the Educational Advancement of alaska's Children (CEAAC) non-profit organization represented the legal interests of the plaintiff group in the talks, which included three rural districts and NEA-alaska. Under terms of the settlement, ...
Date: 2012-02-23

Budget and Policy Debate in alaska Influenced by Finance Litigation

...nt at time of posting, but may require registration or expire over time. Only a few days remain in alaska’s 2012 legislative session, and members are trying to reach agreement on how to increase funding to schools while maintaining compliance with the rulings and settlement agreement in the Moore lawsuit that require resources for specific purposes. Earlier this year, plaintiffs in that suit agreed to an $18 million settlement that would provide funding for targeted projects to help the ...
Date: 2012-03-30

Life is Good: Educational Innovation in Rural alaska

...time of posting, but may require registration or expire over time. At Whittier Community School in alaska, 8th grader Joey has taken primary responsibility for the school’s hydroponic gardens and its two fish tanks “He loves fish,” says principal Stephanie Burgoon. Joey also manages a salmon roe project in cooperation with alaska’s Department of Fish and Game. The gardens and fish tanks serve the school’s interdisciplinary curriculum. And Joey’s role? He too...
Date: 2012-11-27

The Star with My Name: The alaska Rural Systemic Initiative and the Impact of Place-Based Education on Native Student Achievement

...is Williams The year 1784 marked the beginning of Western efforts to divest the Native People of alaska of their identity and resources under the guise of formal education. Russian fur trader, Gregorii Shelikhov, established a trading post on Kodiak Island and after slaying and taking hostage many of the Natives, opened a school to teach their children arithmetic, the Russian language and "the precepts of Christianity." What Shelikhov and those who followed did not anticipate in the...
Date: 2004-01-01

2008 Federal Election Outcomes

...or won easily. But Republican Larry Craig (Idaho) did not seek re-election and Senator Ted Stevens (alaska) narrowly lost in his re-election bid. In the House, all Democrats on the Education and Labor Committee were re-elected. Most Republicans were as well, except Ric Keller (IL-13), John R. "Randy" Kuhl, Jr., (NY-29), and Timothy Walberg (MI-07) who were defeated. Keller and Kuhl served on the subcommittee that handles early childhood education and No Child Left Behind, and Keller w...
Date: 2008-11-06

2010 Rural School and Community Trust / Fund For Teachers Grant Recipients

...hool, Newark Elementary school teachers Angela Russ and Anne Gibavic followed the journey of early alaskan settlers, exploring the state's art, history, and ecology to supplement their school and community's local salmon restoration and enhancement project. Resources  Presentation: alaska: Operation Salmon Adventure  Presentation Script: alaska: Operation Salmon Adventure  Curriculum: alaska: Landforms, Tlingit Culture, And Salmon     WEST VIRGINIA   Fra...
Date: 2010-10-26

RPM Special Edition on School Violence:Violence Begets Violence: Revenge, Copycatting, Triggers, and Threads

...ater, a 32-year-old man carried a machete onto the playground of an elementary school in Anchorage, alaska and slashed at children, injuring four. In some cases, the connections between incidents were less obvious, but nonetheless powerful. In 2006, a 32-year-old Pennsylvania truck driver began to assemble supplies and weapons to seize a school, molest and kill students, and commit suicide. Before he had completed his preparations, a 54-year-old in Colorado took a class of high school students ...
Date: 2013-03-27

Why Rural Matters 2011-2012 Released This Month

...ed in 13 states, including West Virginia, Mississippi, South Carolina, Illinois, Alabama, Kentucky, alaska, Arizona, Virginia, North Carolina, Arkansas, Georgia, and Maryland. Poverty: The percentage of rural students living in poverty has risen significantly. Between 1999–2000 and 2008–09 the rate of students eligible for free and reduced price lunch increased by nearly a third to 40% of all rural students. The highest rate of increase was in Arizona, where rural poverty rates more...
Date: 2012-01-27

California Tenure Ruling: Big Splash, Unclear Consequences

...hers who had already earned it were ruled an unconstitutional taking of a property right. A move in alaska to extend the time it takes for teachers to earn tenure was resisted, with strong influence from rural alaskans concerned such a move would make it harder for rural schools to attract and keep teachers. Some of the most significant alignments in reaction to the Vergara ruling are in how reactions match other aspects of “school reform,” a phrase that has increasingly come to con...
Date: 2014-06-27

Fact and Figures About English Language Learners and Rural Students

...p; Answer: New Mexico (33.8%), California (26.7%), Arizona (24.3%), Texas (19.0%), Nevada (17.0%), alaska (15.1%), Florida (14.0%), Washington (12.5%), Colorado (11.1%). Read more from the January 2010 Rural Policy Matters....
Date: 2010-01-28