Proposal could close nearly 60 rural schools

What impacts might the closing of rural schools have on the state? Influential members of the Legislature have started talking about possibly raising the state’s minimum number of students it takes to keep qualify for state education funding. Currently, that number is ten students. Advocates say that with the state facing a dire revenues shortfall, the state needs to reconsider how it pays for education. Critics say the change could close more than sixty schools in small communities, disproportionately hurting rural Alaskans for the sake of short-term savings.

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HOST: Zachariah Hughes

GUESTS:

  • Kerry Boyd, Superintendent, Yukon Koyukuk School District,
  • Angela Gonzalez, Graduate from Bettles Fieldschool
  • David Nees, retired teacher, Anchorage School District

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