Wesley Early, Alaska Public Media

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Wesley is the web editor, Alaska News Nightly producer and education reporter for Alaska Public Media. He also produces Alaska Public Media's weekly 49 Voices program, AK's attempt to put every Alaskan on the radio. wearly (at) alaskapublic (dot) org | 907.550.8454 |About Wesley

Anchorage and Mat-Su school districts report millions in post-quake repair costs, with millions more to come

The two school districts affected by last November's magnitude 7.0 earthquake are reporting they've spent millions of dollars on repairs to schools.

With cultural advisers and Indigenous writers, Molly of Denali creators work to make the show authentic

This summer, PBS and WGBH are launching the brand new program, Molly of Denali, which they're calling the first nationally distributed kids show to feature an Alaska Native main character. The show's producers are working to make sure that the show is as authentic to the Alaska Native experience as possible.

Alaska’s Danielle Riha is one of 4 finalists for National Teacher of the Year

Danielle Riha, 2019 Alaska Teacher of the Year, is one of four finalists for the National Teacher of the Year competition.

Two Eagle River schools to remain closed next school year due to Nov. 30 quake damage

Two schools in Eagle River will be closed next school year due to damage sustained during November's magnitude 7.0 earthquake.

Students remain frustrated while UAA works to resolve education accreditation debacle

This week, UAA officials are meeting with the state Department of Education to determine the next steps for UAA's education department, leaving roughly 250 students affected by the loss of accreditation waiting for the university to address their concerns. 

The 2019 Kuskokwim 300 Sled Dog Race

The 40th annual Kuskokwim 300 Sled Dog Race kicks off at 6:30 p.m. on January 18th. Keep track of updates along the trail.

State says it will temporarily recognize teaching license recommendations from UAA, amid accreditation loss

The state says it will recognize the UAA students who meet licensure requirements during 2019 Spring and Summer semesters.

Loss of accreditation leaves UAA students unsure about getting teaching licenses

Two-hundred-fifty students in teaching programs at the University of Alaska Anchorage are wondering if they'll qualify for teaching licenses when they graduate. That's because UAA's education program lost it's national accreditation late last week.

Anchorage School Board member Dave Donley appointed to Dunleavy administration, remains on board

A spokesman for the governor says that since January 2nd, Donley has been deputy commissioner of the Department of Administration. According to the school board, it isn't unprecedented for someone to serve on a school board in Alaska and also work for the Governor.

Over 5,000 people have signed a petition, asking for longer lunch and recess in Anchorage elementary schools

An online petition asking the Anchorage School District to require no less than 30 minutes a day for lunch and equal time for recess.

Magnitude 4.9 aftershock rattles Southcentral

A magnitude 4.9 aftershock struck near Anchorage at 5:21 a.m Thursday.

49 Voices: Tribute to Dave Waldron

This week on 49 Voices, we managed to surprise our long-serving audio engineer Dave Waldron on his last day with testimonials from around the station about how beloved he is, and how much we'll miss him when he's gone.

Anchorage School District teacher contracts include updates for ‘academic freedom.’ What does that mean?

Anchorage School District teachers have a new contract after months of negotiation. While there's been a lot of focus on the salary increases, many teachers are just as interested in a change that allows for more flexibility in developing lessons.

After months of negotiation, Anchorage teachers officially have contracts

After months of discussion and negotiation, Anchorage teachers officially have three-year contracts.

Bomb threat called into Dimond High School

Anchorage School District officials say an anonymous bomb threat was made against Dimond High School on Monday.

49 Voices: Katie Irwin of Anchorage

This week we're hearing from Katie Irwin in Anchorage. On Sunday, Irwin will be the University of Alaska Anchorage's first deaf commencement speaker. She spoke through a sign language interpreter.

ASD accepts resignation of teacher who ‘shoved and grabbed’ a student in May

The Anchorage School District announced that a teacher the district says "shoved and grabbed a student" at Ptarmigan Elementary School has officially resigned from the district.

Anchorage teachers union approves new contract

The agreement includes health benefit increases and 2 percent salary raises in the second and third years. It also contains language allowing for more input from teachers in lesson plans and scheduling.

Anchorage schools resume classes post-earthquake, with some students relocated

Anchorage School District classes resumed today after being closed for more than a week following last month's magnitude 7.0 earthquake. While most of the students are in the schools they've attended all year, two schools had to relocate because of significant damage.

Chugiak High prepares to receive 600 new Gruening middle schoolers

Gruening Middle School students will move to Chugiak High School next week to continue their classes after last week's magnitude 7.0 earthquake forced the Anchorage School District to close their school for the rest of the school year.