About Us


We are a statewide, non-partisan coalition advocating for a quality public education for every child, to ensure a strong future for Alaska.


  • Achieve adequate, predictable, stable, and sustainable funding for thebase student allocation (BSA), at levels comparable to 2011.
  • Ensure that public funds go to public schools.
  • Act to engage community members, leaders, and educators to partner in achieving efficient and effective education outcomes from our public schools for all Alaskan students.


Originally founded in 2004 as Alaska Kids Count! the group’s name changed to Great Alaska Schools to prevent confusion with Kids Count (a great resource on the welfare of children in Alaska and across the United States). Between 2004 & 2007 advocacy by respectful, persistent, determined participants tipped the debate in kids’ favor – The Legislature listened and first cuts stopped, then slowly, incrementally, modest increases were funded, positively impacting classrooms across the state. In 2014 Alaska schools again face an uncertain future.Parents are the tipping point in the funding and policy debate that will shape our state’s schools, and our state’s future.

Join us!

Great Alaska Schools Steering Committee 2014:
Andi Story, Lisa Worl, Mary Hakala, Valerie Waldrop, Deena Mitchel
Past steering committee members: Jeff Friedman, Sue Hull, Mike Ford, Mike Sigler, Stephanie Allison
Contact us if interested in representing your community!


  1. Mar Wiggin
    February 11, 2014 @ 6:43 pm

    Great job all! You are doing GOOD and valuable work here!

  2. lance powell
    March 27, 2014 @ 6:21 pm

    I am impressed with your organizational abilities……keep up the excellent work.