The Education Election: our questionnaire for 2014 Candidates

This week we distributed “20 Questions on Alaska Education Policy.” The questionnaire is part of the effort to make the 2014 “the Education Election.” Questions cover such areas as the appropriate standards and measures for determining school quality, strengths and weaknesses of the education system on a statewide and local basis, using public funds for private schools, and education funding.

We want candidates to have the opportunity to express their views on education policy and we are committed to sharing their responses with voters. We intend to use candidate questionnaire responses to award a “Great Alaska Schools Seal of Approval” for those candidates who demonstrate a commitment to high quality public education in Alaska.

Check out the questionnaire here!

Summer is here and the Grassroots Keep Growing!

True to our origins we strongly believe the more involvement–the better! To that end, we meet monthly in an open grassroots-style forum at Kaladi’s on Tudor & Patterson. Note: we hope that this location is easy for MatSu folks! The date is the 3rd Tuesday of every month at 5-7pm.  Everyone is welcome to come & join the discussion! We would also love to grow Great Alaska Schools in other communities, especially in the Mat-Su and Fairbanks, Kodiak, the Kenai, Bethel, Barrow, Dillingham… you get the picture! We’d love to hear your ideas on how we can reach out beyond Anchorage!

Another mission for the Grassroots group is to encourage our supporters to become voter registrars. Hurry and do this soon as there are many events where we can register voters this summer. Dates and times in all areas of the state for the very brief (45 min.) registrar training classes can be found at the Alaska Division of Elections website.


Community Cafes Coming to Anchorage in July!

One way to improve student outcomes is to improve the connections between parents, teachers and other school staff and we are developing a plan to do just that! We are launching a series of Community Café sessions in schools throughout the Anchorage School District where parents and principals express interest.

These café sessions are structured conversations specifically designed to incorporate broad perspectives within our parent communities. They help parents, educators, and community members to work collaboratively to identify what they value from their schools, and how they can help to improve the educational outcomes of their children. One of our kick off café sessions is open to anyone who is passionate about public schools will be held July 26 from 12 to 5pm at the BP Energy Center. Contact: Alyse Galvin at: or by phone at 907-884-2299




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