Education

Bill heading to governor creates roadmap for establishing tribally operated public schools

BY: - May 18, 2022

A bill that creates a roadmap for establishing tribally operated public schools has passed the Alaska Senate and House, and is headed to the governor’s desk. Senate Bill 34 directs the Board of Education and Early Development to work with Alaska Native tribal entities on an agreement that would formally recognize the tribes’ authority to […]

Lucy Cuddy Hall, which holds the culinary arts program, is one of the prominent buildings in the west quad of the University of Alaska Anchorage. Pictured on May 16. (Photo by Yereth Rosen/Alaska Beacon)

University moves forward with faculty salary increases; union says negotiations aren’t done

BY: - May 17, 2022

The University of Alaska Board of Regents voted on Monday to implement faculty pay increases over the next three years, despite the university and its faculty union still not coming to an agreement. The university and union have been negotiating the terms of its collective bargaining agreement for several months. University staff claimed an impasse […]

Congress explores creation of truth commission for U.S. Indian Boarding Schools

BY: - May 13, 2022

WASHINGTON — Survivors of a U.S. policy that forced Indigenous children to attend boarding schools where they were abused, or went missing, detailed to members of a U.S. House Natural Resources panel during a Thursday hearing the need for Congress to establish a truth commission dedicated to unveiling the traumas Indigenous children experienced at the […]

Albuquerque Indian School in 1885, relocated from Duranes in 1881 (Photo from the National Archive)

Interior Department report details the brutality of federal Indian boarding schools

BY: - May 12, 2022

These schools used “militarized” tactics to assimilate Native American children as young as 4-years-old in environments described in the report as fostering, “rampant physical, sexual, and emotional abuse; disease; malnourishment; overcrowding; and lack of health care.”

Inlet View Elementary School in Anchorage, shown on April 21, 2022, has longstanding structural problems. (Photo by Yereth Rosen/Alaska Beacon}

Action needed to address Alaska’s stagnant demographic trends, economist says

BY: - May 12, 2022

More people are leaving Alaska than coming, too few babies are being born to make up the population gap and the state workforce is withering. That presents a tough challenge that demands aggressive policy responses, a university economist argues. “In 2010, essentially, Alaska stopped growing. That’s not the Alaska we all know,” said Ralph Townsend, […]

Sen. David Wilson, R-Wasilla, speaks on the floor of the Alaska Senate on Monday, May 2, 2022 at the Alaska State Capitol in Juneau. (James Brooks / Alaska Beacon)

Bill aimed at reducing hair discrimination in schools is headed to governor

BY: - May 11, 2022

The Senate on Wednesday agreed to accept the changes the House made to a bill that aimed to reduce hair discrimination – including the amendment to strip the protection for employees in the workplace. The bill still retains protection in public schools. “I’ll be voting yes today. Not because I support some of the changes […]

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House passes bill to eliminate hair discrimination, but deletes workplace protection

BY: - May 11, 2022

A Senate bill that aims to eliminate hair discrimination in the school and workplace passed the House Tuesday, but in a drastically different form. An amendment deleted the portion relating to the workplace. In the bill’s original intent, school boards and employers wouldn’t be allowed to adopt a dress code that: prohibits an individual from […]

Two earthquakes struck the waters off the Alaska Peninsula almost eactly a year apart. The magnitude 7.8 Simeonof earthquake of 2020 is shown in black. The magnitude 8.2 Chignik earthquake of 2021 is shown in purple. Red lines show contours of other major earthquakes in the past. (Illustration from Science Advances)

Recent earthquakes may raise risk of Alaska tsunami, study finds

BY: - May 11, 2022

The dual earthquake action deep underground appears to have increased the risks of future tsunamis in that region, the study said.

The Alaska State Capitol is seen on Monday, May 2, 2022 in Juneau, Alaska. (James Brooks / Alaska Beacon)

Scholarship fund’s fate depends on Alaska Legislature

BY: - May 11, 2022

The Alaska House of Representatives has voted to refill the fund with hundreds of millions of dollars in expected oil revenue, but unless lawmakers also change the language of the state law that created the fund, it will be automatically drained again.