Representative Lynn Gattis

The Alaska Legislature is still 6 months from convening in Juneau, but the politics of school funding are already heating up. The house in its final hours passed a resolution to create the Sustainable Education Task Force.   The group is charged with making recommendation about school funding and is now accepting application from members of the public. Those with eye on education funding have accused the group of screening members based on a questionnaire for prospective members.

As the Senate debates the reauthorization of the No Child Left Behind act, Senator Lisa Murkowski has put forth two bills intended to better serve Alaskan students. One bill, known as the Educational Accountability and State Flexibility Act places more power in the hands of states.  Instead of the federal government, individual states would be responsible for to determine each school’s level of success based on broad parameters.

States would diagnose why a school is not improving and apply locally-appropriate fixes—instead of the federal “school turnaround model.”

Dillingham City School District

The final Dillingham School Board meeting of the school year was held Monday night. During that meeting the Board approved the hire of many of the teachers who will staff the district next school year. KDLG’s Mike Mason attended the meeting and filed this report.

Dillingham City School District

The “Teacher of the Year” for the Dillingham School District was honored Monday night during the final school board meeting of the school year. KDLG’s Mike Mason was there and filed this story.

Alaska has become the 37th state to receive a waiver from meeting the provisions of the No Child Left Behind Act. KDLG’s Mike Mason has the story.

Commencement Ceremony at DHS Held Friday

May 20, 2013

In front of family and friends, thirteen seniors of the class of 2013 crossed the stage and took "the first step" towards future endeavors.

A handful of students became nurses during a ceremony Saturday in Dillingham. KDLG's Mike Mason was there and filed this report.

Mike Mason

The 27th annual graduation ceremony for the UAF Bristol Bay Campus in Dillingham was held Saturday. KDLG's Mike Mason attended the event and filed this report.

UAF Honors State Senator Johnny Ellis

May 3, 2013

The Minority Leader in the Alaska State Senate was honored last month by the UAF College of Engineering and Mines. KDLG's Mike Mason has the story.

UAF Bristol Bay Campus

The annual "Salmon Camp" in Bristol Bay has been scheduled for July 24th through the 30th on the shores of Lake Aleknagik. "Salmon Camp" is sponsored by the Bristol Bay Economic Development Corporation and the UAF Bristol bay campus in Dillingham with assistance from NOAA and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

A well-known researcher with the University of Alaska Fairbanks has retired after 30-year. Chuck Crapo came to the University in 1983 after working in the seafood processing industry.

The Board of Education for the Dillingham City School District passed a budget for the next school year during their meeting Monday night. This comes as there are still questions about the level of funding the District will receive from both the State and Federal governments. KDLG's Mike Mason has the story.

Dillingham Schools Test Lockdown

Mar 27, 2013

This week, the Dillingham City School District is testing procedures for locking down a school in the event that someone enters the school with a weapon, similar to what happened in Newtown, Connecticut last December.  KDLG's Dave Bendinger has more:

The issue of education funding has come to the forefront of discussions in the Alaska Legislature this week.      KDLG's Mike Mason reports.

Lawmakers in Juneau are working out the details of education funding for the next school year. At the same time school districts across the state are trying to prepare their budgets. KDLG's Mike Mason looked at budget for the school district in Dillingham for this report.