AKLN, the Alaska Learning Network has been reorganized and will continue to offer classes to Alaska students, despite lack of direct funding from the Alaska State Legislature. AKLN is no longer offering generic courses from K-12, but is now offering 21 Alaskan-based courses from 12 sponsoring school districts.
There was a press conference on the settlement of the Moore case on Thursday, January 26, 2012 in the attorney general's office in Juneau. The basic details of the settlement are that there will be a one-time appropriation of $18 million, subject to legislative approval. Four programs addressing low achievement in struggling schools will be created with that funding:
The Dept. of Education & Early Development and the Association of Alaska School Administrators were kind enough to let me attend the second day of their summer meeting at the DEED offices on Monday, August 1. It was very helpful in keeping up-to-date on issues that schools and the department are working on.
The House Education Committee has been hearing from superintendents from around the state at the beginning of every committee meeting. On Wednesday they heard from Superintendent Dave Herbert of Saint Mary’s School District. Saint Mary's is a remote, single site bush school district (http://www.smcsd.us/) with about 200 students in pre-school-12th grade. Their student population is 100 percent Yupik, and Mr. Herbert has been superintendent for six years.
During the Monday, February 7, 2011 House Education Committee Hearing Chugach School District Superintendent Bob Crumley explained the district's performance pay program. He said teachers were skeptical when the program began, and thinks performance pay has received a black eye because it has been rolled out poorly and only focused on student test results.
During the July 30 Legislative Budget & Audit hearing the agenda was a request for a DEED audit and testimony from the plaintiffs' attorneys in the Moore vs. State of Alaska case. It was a very interesting discussion of legislative versus departmental versus local control of education.
Judge Gleason’s 2007 Decision, pages 173-174, says: 1. “The Alaska Constitution requires that the Legislature..... “establish and maintain a system of public schools….”
Pages 147-154 of the Moore vs. State of Alaska 2007 Decision contain a summary of Alaska court interpretations of the Alaska Constitution's Education Clause. They are very interesting. Follow the title link above to access documents related to the case, including the pages referenced above.