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Anxiety, then relief for international college students in Alaska after week of changing rules

The rules, issued by ICE, said students would need to take classes in-person this fall or leave the country.
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Staffing concerns drove Anchorage superintendent to postpone opening schools

Anchorage School District announced on Sunday evening it would be reversing its controversial plan to return K-2 and special education students to in-person learning as COVID-19 case counts reach record highs in Alaska. Superintendent Deena Bishop made the call after new staffing concerns with both the school district and the city’s health care system emerged late last week.
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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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Anchorage School District proposes scaling back gifted program to address budget shortfall

The District plans to make up the shortfall through reductions and program redesigns.
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LISTEN: Weathering budget cuts and COVID-19, the UA System preps for a new school year

COVID-19 has thrown higher education into turmoil. State budget cuts, loss of research funds and the sudden departure of the University system president are also challenging education leaders at an already difficult time. What’s the outlook?

Inside this Anchorage classroom, students learn pandemic-style lessons on first day back

The district expected about 8,000 students to return to classrooms and it begins it's phased reopening plan after 10 months of closure and online learning due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

This 80-vehicle car parade drives around Anchorage celebrating high school graduates

It's yet another way the community is celebrating the class of 2020 in lieu of a traditional ceremony.
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Anchorage School District outlines plans for return to school buildings

The youngest children will return first, in mid-October. Middle school children will return in November and high school students will return in early 2021

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
A sign reads "Welcome to UAS" at the University of Alaska Southeast’s Juneau campus.

UAS sees increase in first-year students, career and technical education enrollment

Enrollment is down across the University of Alaska system. But at the Southeast campus, enrollment is actually up for first-year students and students enrolled in career and technical programs. Listen now

LISTEN: With the school year weeks away, teachers contemplate returning to the classroom during a pandemic

The decisions on how to educate students during the pandemic are difficult and teachers are caught in the middle. So how do teachers feel about the upcoming school year?
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Anchorage School District projects $15 million loss due to lowered student enrollment

The district’s annual financial report shows many families have left the district for statewide homeschool and private school programs.
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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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LISTEN: To combat teen vaping in Alaska schools, educators and state officials work together

Teen vaping is a growing problem nationwide, with the CDC reporting that one in four students use vaping products. But what’s inside the liquid being vaporized? And how will it affect teenager’s health?
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Administrators, parents, and health officials weighed in on school reopening. But what do students think?

Three high school students from across Alaska share their thoughts on the start of the school year.
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Alaska advocates see severe child abuse skyrocket during pandemic

Abuse reports are down overall and advocates say it's because there have been fewer eyes on children during the pandemic.

Here’s how the Anchorage School District will create a plan to restart school this fall

The district will provide updates throughout the summer and hopes to have a plan in place by mid-July.
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Excitement and betrayal: families and teachers react to Anchorage plan to return to classrooms

As families await more details from the district, they’re trying to figure out what this plan means for them.
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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.

Otter skin sewing workshops promote ‘sustainable cottage industry’ in coastal Alaska

Sealaska Heritage Institute hopes the classes can promote cottage industries in smaller communities and maybe even offer a sustainable solution to the region’s fast-growing sea otter population.