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.

Anchorage Teachers Free Yourself From Political Dues–Act by September 15th

September 10, 2014 at 2:51 PM

Anchorage teachers: you can supplement your income by more than $250 this year. But you must act by September 15th.

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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 Teachers Free Yourself From Political Dues–Act by September 15th

Wouldn’t it be great to put about $280 in your pocket this time of year? Members of the Anchorage Education Association...
Sep 10, 2014 14:51

Accountability

Ketchikan Gateway Borough Payroll Now Available

In the past we have provided public employee payroll information to citizens of Anchorage, the MatSu, and the State of Alaska. ...
Sep 4, 2014 17:10

Recent Articles

Anchorage Teachers Free Yourself From Political Dues–Act by September 15th

Anchorage teachers: you can supplement your income by more than $250 this year. But you must act by September 15th.

September 10th, 2014 | Education, Recent News | Read More

Ketchikan Gateway Borough Payroll Now Available

Want to see what the public employees in Ketchikan are paid in salaries/wages and benefits? Here is a basic listing for your review. Compare this with Anchorage in an earlier posting.

September 4th, 2014 | Accountability, Recent News, Transparency | Read More

Live Free or Die in New Hampshire

Supreme Court wins one for the kids in New Hampshire. Thanks Institute for Justice.

August 28th, 2014 | Education | Read More

Anchorage Payroll Hits 91,000 Households Starting August 13th

The mystery of the Muni of Anchorage payroll has been unraveled. We constantly hear foggy figures and quotes from both sides on public employee compensation. Well, here is the unvarnished truth for you, the employer and taxpayer, to determine the value of provided services.

August 11th, 2014 | Collective Bargaining Agreements, Transparency | Read More

GAS Throws Money at Education with no Accountability Measures

Will throwing more money at public schools improve education for students? That’s what the GAS group believes. Alaska spends more per capita on public education than 49 other states and ranks near the bottom in results.

June 19th, 2014 | Accountability, Education | Read More

Great Teachers are the Most Important Factor in Educating our Youth

Wouldn’t it be great to have an outstanding teacher in every Alaska classroom? Alaska can make that happen by improving its education colleges so it can graduate top notch teachers who can motivate our students to excel.

June 12th, 2014 | Education, Recent News | Read More

Anchorage School District Fools the Legislature

Remember the ASD saying it needed the State to increase the BSA by $404 this year or 200 teachers will be let go?

May 19th, 2014 | Recent News | Read More

Anchorage School District’s Spending Dilemma

During the recent legislative session we heard cries of “Increase the BSA, $404 this year, and $125 for each of the next two years”. Unheard from the vocal supporters of spending more money on public education was, “Let’s increase student achievement”. The chant of “Send us more money” resonated from the halls of the legislature [...]

May 12th, 2014 | Accountability, Education | Read More

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