University of Alaska

The longest serving member of the University of Alaska Board of Regents has been appointed to the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges. Mary Hughes is the first Alaskan to serve on the Board, which is the premier authority on higher-education governance.

Dillingham Schools Help Students Deal with Grief

Oct 3, 2013

Enrollment, dual credits, and dealing with grief were just a few of the topics discussed during the most recent meeting of the Dillingham School Board. KDLG’s Mike Mason was there and filed this report.

The State of Alaska confirms that 2,038 students earned Alaska Performance Scholarships this year totaling around $8-million dollars. The students will receive scholarships totaling over $4.7-thousand dollars based on their academic performance.

The Bering Strait School District, which serves a huge swath of western Alaska, is facing increasing costs while at the same time preparing for funding cuts. KDLG’s Mike Mason reports.

A new report from the Cato Institute gives the state of Alaska a failing grade for how well it shows where education funding is actually spent. The new report is called “Cracking the Books: How well do state education departments reports public school spending.”

Dillingham students returning to the classroom August 26th will attend three star schools, according to a new ranking system from the state. The new Alaska School Performance Index replaces No Child Left Behind’s adequate yearly progress benchmarks.  KDLG’s Ben Matheson explains the new accountability system.

Link to ASPI Data for individual schools

American Indian and Alaska Native students continue to lag behind many of their peers in regards to student performance. That’s according to a new report released by “The Education Trust”. KDLG’s Mike Mason has the story.


A man who is well known to commercial fishery stakeholders across the state of Alaska has been chosen to head a research institution within the University of Alaska system. KDLG’s Mike Mason has the story.

Ben Matheson

Young scientists spent part of their summer vacation in one of the world’s most beautiful laboratories: Camp Polaris on Lake Aleknagik.  BBEDC’s Salmon Camp brought in local students and those from around the state to learn about the lifecycle of salmon, the scientific method, and alternative energy. The final group even earned college credit through the Bristol Bay campus.  KDLG’s Ben Matheson visited the camp and filed this report.

Gunner Knapp Chosen as the ISER Director

Aug 8, 2013

A man who is well known to commercial fishery stakeholders across the state of Alaska has been chosen to head the University of Alaska’s Institute of Social and Economic Research. Gunner Knapp is a professor of economics and is considered one of the keenest observers of the commercial fishing industry in Alaska. Knapp has served as the interim ISER director since January. He has been a member of the ISER faculty since 1981 when he earned his PhD from Yale. ISER was created back in 1961.


As the summer is winding down many Alaskans are starting to plan an overseas trip. If you are heading overseas the Alaska Department of Health wants you to take some precautions. KDLG’s Mike Mason explains.

The Bristol Bay Economic Development Corporation is handing out over $400-thousand dollars in scholarships for the upcoming school year. KDLG’s Mike Mason has the details.

Representative Lynn Gattis

The Alaska Legislature is still 6 months from convening in Juneau, but the politics of school funding are already heating up. The house in its final hours passed a resolution to create the Sustainable Education Task Force.   The group is charged with making recommendation about school funding and is now accepting application from members of the public. Those with eye on education funding have accused the group of screening members based on a questionnaire for prospective members.

As the Senate debates the reauthorization of the No Child Left Behind act, Senator Lisa Murkowski has put forth two bills intended to better serve Alaskan students. One bill, known as the Educational Accountability and State Flexibility Act places more power in the hands of states.  Instead of the federal government, individual states would be responsible for to determine each school’s level of success based on broad parameters.

States would diagnose why a school is not improving and apply locally-appropriate fixes—instead of the federal “school turnaround model.”

Dillingham City School District

The final Dillingham School Board meeting of the school year was held Monday night. During that meeting the Board approved the hire of many of the teachers who will staff the district next school year. KDLG’s Mike Mason attended the meeting and filed this report.