The (im)moral vision of the NEA

The (im)moral vision of the NEA

What kind of vision animates those who oppose school choice?

How Alaska Calculates Oil Taxes and Royalties

How Alaska Calculates Oil Taxes and Royalties

Want to know how to calculate the basics on the oil tax debate? How much is Alaska’s take and how much do producers make? Cut through the noise and chatter from both sides of the debate.

What Would Dr. King Say?

What Would Dr. King Say?

About the word “sectarian” in the Alaska Constitution…

MatSu School District Report Card

MatSu School District Report Card

The MatSu School District Report card is now available at the Alaska Policy Forum website.

Capital Budget-Let the Games Begin and Spend, Spend, Spend

April 16, 2014 at 1:22 PM

Don’t you just wonder how much pork is dished up in Juneau during an election year? Here’s a glance at some projects that caught our eye. Tell us what you think. Who is the king of pork?

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Health Care

Alaska Makes Right Decision on Medicaid Expansion

Governor Parnell recently decided not to expand Medicaid to cover able-bodied, childless working age adults, a population...
Nov 21, 2013 13:52

Energy

Three Letters That Strike Fear: EPA

Now that President Obama has delivered his new edict on climate change/global warming to us, he has empowered the EPA to...
Jun 27, 2013 15:42

Education

Anchorage School District Payroll for 2013

In the interest of providing as much transparency as possible, the Policy Forum is posting the payroll for the Anchorage...
Apr 4, 2014 13:06

Accountability

How Much Should Anchorage Pay for a School?

by Bob Griffin Is Anchorage ready to vote on a bond to refurbish/remodel a school? That’s what the School Board will...
Oct 4, 2013 5:28

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Capital Budget-Let the Games Begin and Spend, Spend, Spend

Don’t you just wonder how much pork is dished up in Juneau during an election year? Here’s a glance at some projects that caught our eye. Tell us what you think. Who is the king of pork?

April 16th, 2014 | Recent News | Read More

Alaska is Poised to Link Arms with Georgia to Fix the National Debt

How can Alaska help rein in the spending in Washington, DC? Nick Dranias of the Goldwater Institute says that Alaska can lead the way.

April 15th, 2014 | Fiscal Policy, Recent News | Read More

Why does the NAACP Stifle Education Reform?

For many of us who follow education progress and reform in Alaska and the other states, we have noted that many organizations support the status quo. Why is that?  Let’s take a look at the NAACP in Alaska. One would think that the NAACP would support what is best for minority children, not what is [...]

April 15th, 2014 | Recent News | Read More

Anchorage School District Payroll for 2013

In the interest of providing as much transparency as possible, the Policy Forum is posting the payroll for the Anchorage School District. This allows the citizens of Anchorage and Alaska the opportunity to view the compensation in salaries and benefits that our District employees receive. These facts contribute to more rational discussion on contracts and [...]

April 4th, 2014 | Education, teacher pay | Read More

Who Stands to Gain Financially from Contributing to Bond Propositions?

Did you know that there are special interest groups that really stand to gain financially from the passage of bond issues? Some of these groups are architects, construction contractors, consultants, and labor unions. We have compiled a list from APOC of those contributing to the umbrella groups pushing for passage of these bonds. These groups [...]

April 1st, 2014 | Recent News | Read More

Who Contributes to Whom (Candidates)?

Don’t you wonder who donates to the candidates running for the Anchorage Assembly and the School Board? Well here it is in all its unvarnished truth.  

March 31st, 2014 | Recent News | Read More

Anchorage Payroll Just Released for Year 2013

Are you getting value from your public employees in Anchorage? Here is detailed listing for you to decide. This is the “whole ball of wax”. Take a look for yourself.

March 18th, 2014 | Recent News | Read More

The Facts on Education Funding and the Base Student Allocation

We’ve heard the refrain many times, the BSA has been flat funded for four years. That’s like saying, “I haven’t had a raise in four years even though I had a larger Christmas bonus which more than made up for it”.

March 4th, 2014 | Education, Recent News | Read More

Poll: Alaska Voters Support School Choice

The legislature has heard from many connected to the public education system on SJR9, constitutional amendment. It has not heard from the voices of other Alaskans. Their voices were heard in this Poll-54% support constitutional amendment. The voice of Alaska.

February 6th, 2014 | Education | Read More

New Blame Game Starts With Education System

Kevin Chavous writes in the Huffington Post that the public education system has changed its tune from education reform to economic equality. That system now blames parents, poor and minority students, and poverty as the cause of its woes.

February 6th, 2014 | Education, Recent News | Read More

Fairbanks North Star Borough School District Gets Report Card

Fairbanks Schools Receive Grades. Want to know how Fairbanks schools are doing? We have the accurate information which shows school performance.

January 7th, 2014 | Recent News | Read More

Adult Basic Education: Improving Lives Every Day

The GED has been an important part of the American education system, rescuing many adults from less prosperous lives and providing self-worth and dignity to thousands.

December 13th, 2013 | Recent News | Read More

Alaska Makes Right Decision on Medicaid Expansion

Did you miss the town hall on the Affordable Care Act? Want to know more? Want to know reasons not to expand Medicaid? Here’s a research driven report at end of this article.

November 21st, 2013 | Health Care, Recent News | Read More

The Non-apology for Political Cover

The Affordable Care Act has structural flaws which will impact most Americans as increased insurance costs, increased deductibles, less coverage, and fewer choices of medical providers. Who should be held accountable for this flawed piece of legislation? Why have they done this to Americans?

November 18th, 2013 | Health Care, Recent News | Read More

Alaska Medicaid Expansion: Don’t Do It

When the U.S. Supreme Court gave the green light to Obamacare, it struck down the power of the federal government to force states to expand their Medicaid programs. As it was passed by Congress, the Affordable Care Act (ACA), mandated that all states expand Medicaid coverage to include those earning income up to 138% of the federal poverty level. If any state refused to do so, the federal government could take away all federal Medicaid funding, even the Medicaid funding that existed prior to the passage of the ACA. The Court ruled that this component of the ACA exceeded the authority of the federal government and struck it down because that portion of the law constituted an undue coercion on sovereign states to comply with the wishes of the centralized federal government.

October 29th, 2013 | Fiscal Policy | Read More

How Much Should Anchorage Pay for a School?

Hey Anchorage, ready to play “let’s build a school”? Think $460 per square foot is a fair price? Time to let the School Board hear what you think-now.

October 4th, 2013 | Accountability, Education, Recent News | Read More