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Anchorage School District expects thousands of students to return to classrooms this week

The district is unsure exactly how many students will actually return as families continue to think through their options.
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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.
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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.

‘Enrollment is significantly down’ says Anchorage School District two weeks before school start

Hundreds of students have already chosen other programs while thousands have yet to verify their enrollment with the district.

‘There’s no consideration of cultural needs’: Rural teachers discuss alternative to Florida Virtual School

Teachers in Alaska are concerned that the Florida Virtual School isn't a useful solution in off-the-road-system communities and are discussing what Alaska-made curriculum might look like.
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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?

Atka school in danger of shutting down

To get full funding, schools need at least 10 students. But at the Yakov E. Netsvetov school in Atka, there are only six. Listen now

Now vaccine eligible, Anchorage teachers ready to get back to class

Initially, teachers were separated into different eligibility tiers, but the state changed course, opening vaccines to educators of all ages.
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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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Cluster of COVID-19 cases closes three schools in Mat-Su School District

Students at those schools will be learning online while the schools are sanitized and a contact tracing investigation begins.
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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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For this Anchorage high school student, returning to the classroom can’t come soon enough

In the year since high school students have been out of the classroom, Sarah Price has been passionately discussing the negative impact of school closure on students.

Amidst calls for police reform, Anchorage School District opts to keep School Resource Officer program

The program is used across the country and stations local police officers in public schools.
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After 18 months of negotiations, Mat-Su teachers move closer to a strike

All members of the Mat-Su teachers union are eligible to vote over the next few days on whether to go on strike. The district will have 72-hours notice before a strike takes place.

Enrollment in neighborhood schools drops statewide, leaders say budget crisis is on the way

The number of students enrolled in neighborhood schools statewide decreased by 13%, and the number of students in homeschool programs nearly doubled.
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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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Hundreds of Anchorage seniors pour in for COVID vaccinations at school district vaccination clinic

Appointments for shots were almost immediately completely booked as soon as they became available.

UA president Jim Johnsen withdraws from Wisconsin job

In a press release Friday morning, Johnsen wrote “After deep reflection as to where I am called to lead a university system through these challenging times, it is clear to me and my family that it is in Alaska.”

Anchorage School District reopening plans for fall start to come into focus

The district presented proposals for fall scheduling and instruction to the school board.