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ASD will get $112.5M in federal aid. They want to know how to spend it.

The district must use at least 20% of the money to address learning loss. That leaves nearly $90 million dollars to be spent.

‘Thankful for everything they’ve done’: Anchorage students turn health workers’ selfies into art

An Anchorage high school art teacher started the project to honor and celebrate essential workers on the frontline of the pandemic.

Anchorage School District to reexamine policy after students prevented from wearing cultural regalia at graduation

One student chose not to attend her graduation entirely after her regalia notification was denied. Another student’s sealskin cap was taken moments before joining his peers on graduation day.
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Bartlett High School seniors reach top of their class by leaning on ten years of friendship

A trio of friends will share the honor of addressing their class as salutatorian and co-valedictorians. The friends say their accomplishment has been 10 years in the making.
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Anchorage elementary teacher selected as 2021 Alaska Teacher of the Year

Kelly Shrein was recognized for her efforts to stay in touch with students including driving by their homes and moving with them to the next grade level.
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Hoping for a ‘Mississippi miracle’ Alaska lawmakers push bipartisan reading bill

The bill will provide funding for pre-k programs and standardize reading policies across the state.

Alaska school leaders prepare summer school options to slow pandemic ‘slide’

School districts will be providing bigger and more robust summer schools than in years past.

Anchorage School Board passes anti-racism and equity policies with overwhelming support

The policies stemmed from the murder of George Floyd in 2020 and have been hotly debated for weeks. The policies passed the same day a jury convicted the police officer who killed Floyd.
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Dunleavy’s $70m cut to UA could cost the state $130m in federal pandemic funds

The American Rescue Plan has a lot of money for schools. But Alaska may not be able to collect its full share, due to pre-pandemic cuts to the university.
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Discussion on Anchorage School Board race and equity policies heats up

The school board heard more than an hour of public testimony almost exclusively about the policies

Fewer Alaska students qualifying for or using state scholarship fund, review finds

A review of the Alaska Performance Scholarship found standardized testing requirements and the reputation of Alaska’s post-secondary institutions are preventing students from qualifying for and using the scholarship
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Still sifting through Anchorage School Board candidates? Here’s where they stand on the issues.

Recovery from the pandemic, closing achievement gaps between students, and offering options other than college have been major themes in the campaign.

Anchorage schools to allow flexibility in distancing policy following new CDC guidelines

District officials say the current mitigation strategies are working as intended.
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Federal dollars could be ‘game changer’ for Alaska families

Child welfare advocates are hopeful an expanded child tax credit and other components of the bill could directly improve Alaska children's well-being.

Alaska educators breathe sigh of relief as hundreds of millions of federal dollars roll in

The money is enough to support schools through the next few years but doesn’t address the state’s long term education funding problems
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Anchorage School Board seeks public comment on new race and equity policies

School board members say the policies will guide the superintendent’s work to address unequal student outcomes.
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With no COVID-19 spread in schools, Anchorage prepares for older students’ return to classrooms

Tens of thousands of students will be returning to in-person learning next week, but ASD says it’s ready.

Anchorage school officials say students’ meals will continue, with changes, amid shift to in-person learning

Breakfast and lunch aren't listed on student's schedules because they will be grab and go. Most students will be offered a free breakfast, snack, and lunch.
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Percent of Anchorage students on track for graduation drops 10%

Low-income, Alaska Native, and Pacific Islander students are struggling the most with the virtual environment according to the Anchorage School District.