education funding

Village of Igiugig

Raising the school threshold to 20 could save an estimated $7 million, but rural districts and lawmakers say such a change would be a "death knell" for small communities. 

Governor Parnell's office

Alaska Governor Sean Parnell signed education reform legislation during a signing ceremony on Tuesday. KDLG’s Mike Mason has the details.


The Alaska Federation of Natives is joining the call for lawmakers to increase funding for Alaska’s public schools. AFN is also calling for any such increase to be made through the established “Base Student Allocation”. KDLG’s Mike Mason has the story.

A member of the Democratic Minority in the Alaska Senate is working on legislation that would significantly increase education funding in Alaska. KDLG’s Mike Mason has the details.

Alaska House Majority

The members of a special task force on education in Alaska have wrapped up their work and have sent a series of recommendations to the members of the Alaska Legislature. Those recommendations include calls for reducing funding for public education. KDLG’s Mike Mason has the story.

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.

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.”

The Board of Education for the Dillingham City School District passed a budget for the next school year during their meeting Monday night. This comes as there are still questions about the level of funding the District will receive from both the State and Federal governments. KDLG's Mike Mason has the story.

The issue of education funding has come to the forefront of discussions in the Alaska Legislature this week.      KDLG's Mike Mason reports.

The issue of increasing funding for Alaska's public school's took center stage Monday in Juneau. KDLG's Mike Mason has the story.

The former President of the Alaska Senate believes there will not be an increase in education funding this year from the State of Alaska. KDLG's Mike Mason has the story.

Lawmakers in Juneau are working out the details of education funding for the next school year. At the same time school districts across the state are trying to prepare their budgets. KDLG's Mike Mason looked at budget for the school district in Dillingham for this report.

Every year the issue of education funding is one of the most talked about topics in the Alaska Legislature. As KDLG's Mike Mason reports... this year is no exception.