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?
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Anchorage School District enrollment is down 11 percent

The Anchorage School District board room when it is empty, taken March 13, 2020. (Mayowa Aina/Alaska Public Media)
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From ‘pandemic pods’ to private tutors, Anchorage Facebook group offers support

Following a national trend, many families are finding support and resources on social media.
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LISTEN: As school starts, here’s the latest science on kids and coronavirus

Dr. Elizabeth Ohlsen, a public health physician with the State of Alaska, explains the latest science of how the coronavirus impacts children and how to mitigate the spread of the disease in schools.

LISTEN: It was supposed to be a record year for Alaska tourism. Then COVID-19 hit.

How much has federal CARES Act funding helped Alaska's visitor industry and will these businesses survive the winter?

Anchorage School District to begin high school sports Monday

High schools can begin conditioning only practice based on guidance from the Alaska State Activities Association
“Shin-chi’s Canoe” by Nicola Campbell, “Not My Girl” and “When I Was Eight” both by Christy Jordan-Fenton and Margaret Pokiak-Fenton, and “My Name is SEEPEETZA” by Shirley Sterling will be available in fourth grade classrooms and elementary school libraries. (KTOO file photo)

Alaska families: Can we follow you as kids return to school?

Alaska is about to start a very unusual school year. And as we cover schools reopening this fall, we’d like to follow some of you through this transition.

LISTEN: Hard hit by government closures and consumer fears of exposure to COVID-19, restaurants are on the brink

Bars and restaurants are once again closed to indoor drinking and dining in Anchorage, but some restaurant owners say they can't afford another shutdown, and will defy the order and stay open. Some will close permanently. What's the best answer to keep people safe and keep businesses whole?

‘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.

LISTEN: We’re celebrating 50 years of public radio in Alaska. Share your stories with us.

Public radio came to Alaska in 1970, providing a vital link between rural communities at a time when there were none. How was Alaska’s public radio network built?

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?

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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Alaska pediatricians agree with national org, encourage in-person school this fall

They say it's important to consider the risks of keeping children out of school; schools can and should reopen where it's safe to do so.

Class of 2020 teaching graduates feel just as prepared for fall as previous classes, research shows

Despite missing some student teaching hours, the pandemic did not have any significant impact on new Alaska teacher's preparedness.

A former student speaks out about racism in Juneau schools; administration says it’ll do better

After watching protests unfold for Black lives in Alaska and across the country, Lacey Davis posted a video on Facebook about her experiences of growing up Black in Juneau.

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.

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.

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.”
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With uncertainty about how school will look in the fall, Anchorage parents turn to home school

Some parents are concerned about health, others are looking for educational certainty.
A sign reads "Welcome to UAS" at the University of Alaska Southeast’s Juneau campus.

University regents decide to put the brakes on campus merger plan for UAS

University of Alaska regents have put the brakes on a plan to merge University of Alaska Southeast programs in Juneau, Ketchikan and Sitka into either the Anchorage or Fairbanks operations.