Archive for the ‘Recent News’ Category

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

In the past few years the capital budget for Alaska has been seen as a bucket of pork for special interests as well as some necessary capital improvements.  This year is no different.  School districts, boroughs, nonprofit groups, villages, community councils, and other government entities either journey...
April 16th, 2014 | Recent News | Read More

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

by: Nick Dranias, Constitutional Policy Director, Goldwater Institute More and more people are discovering that the states have the power to originate federal constitutional amendments under Article V of the United States Constitution. And it just so happens that the Alaska legislature is on the cutting-edge...
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...
April 15th, 2014 | Recent News | 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...
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

One of our guiding principles at the Alaska Policy Forum is that government should be limited and as transparent as possible. Over the past 3 years we have provided as much information that we could obtain from local/state governments and school districts. We believe it is important for taxpayers to...
March 18th, 2014 | Recent News | Read More

The Facts on Education Funding and the Base Student Allocation

There is plenty of talk about Alaska not funding public education adequately. We have heard from those who support more money for the public schools that the Base Student Allocation (BSA) has been flat funded for four years. For that specific funding item, they are correct. But one must drill down into...
March 4th, 2014 | Education, Recent News | Read More

New Blame Game Starts With Education System

The defenders of the current “underperforming”  public education system have found some new targets to blame for lower academic outcomes. These include parents, poor students, minority students and most of all poverty. Society’s ills are responsible for low public school performance...
February 6th, 2014 | Education, Recent News | Read More

Fairbanks North Star Borough School District Gets Report Card

The Alaska Policy Forum has released the report card to the community for the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District. Each school in the District is given a letter grade based on an average of the total student score on reading and math on the Standards Based Assessment (SBA) test. This report...
January 7th, 2014 | Recent News | Read More

Adult Basic Education: Improving Lives Every Day

By: Donn Liston, MEd The General Education Diploma has for a long time been considered a second class education. This is mainly because most have not had experience with the GED and are thus not familiar with the requirements and structure of this path to success. The GED has saved many students and...
December 13th, 2013 | Recent News | Read More

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 which has never been covered before under the Medicaid program. Alaska already spends about $1.5 billion to cover nearly 140,000 Alaskans. If Medicaid were expanded, an additional...
November 21st, 2013 | Health Care, Recent News | Read More

The Non-apology for Political Cover

An op-ed by Dr. Thomas J. Hendrix, PhD, RN The Healthcare exchanges opened for business at the beginning of October and the roll out has been a disaster. In fact, the website has hardly functioned at all and millions of Americans have now begun to receive their cancellation notices from insurance carriers...
November 18th, 2013 | Health Care, Recent News | Read More

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 take up at its October 7th meeting. Get ready to hear “it’s all about the kids, we don’t care how much it costs because the taxpayer will bear the burden and the...
October 4th, 2013 | Accountability, Education, Recent News | Read More

Anchorage School Board and Public Kept in the Dark on Contract

Would you buy a car without knowing the full costs? Would you buy a house without knowing what the price is? Well, the Anchorage School District is doing just that with the tentative agreement between the District and the Anchorage Education Association. It seems as if the District does not know the...
September 6th, 2013 | Recent News | Read More

US Department of Justice Wants to Keep Black Children in Failing Schools

The long arm of the US Department of Justice reached down into the Louisiana Public School System to require minority children to remain in failing public schools. Just like Alabama Governor George Wallace stood in the door to keep black students from entering the University of Alabama in 1963, Attorney...
September 3rd, 2013 | Education, Recent News | Read More

Public School Choice is No Choice Now

For parents and children, this is a very exciting time of the year. School is about to begin and parents are shopping for crayons, paper, pencils, markers and other supplies for their kids. They are also choosing new clothes and neat backpacks for their children. One thing they are not able to choose...
August 20th, 2013 | Recent News | Read More