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Blog // Connect Alaska

Alaska Looks to Reduce Budget in Education

By Sarah Hagen

Alaskan legislators are looking at education programs for budget cuts. The following excerpt from the Alaskan Dispatch News explains which programs would take the biggest hits:  Best Beginnings, an early childhood reading program; Parents-as-Teachers, which assists parents with educating their children; the ANSWERS data system program; the Online With Libraries program; the Live Homework Help program; the Statewide Literacy Program; broadband assistance for rural schools; and others. See the full article to learn more about these budget cuts. This article can be seen as a rally cry. Yes, the House has proposed these cuts, but there's...

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Alaska Schools Make Critical Transition

By Sarah Hagen

In an article from the Alaskan Dispatch News we share that, “This month, for the first time, Alaska's students will log onto computers to take a statewide exam – one that abandons pencils and paper and stands to test the strength of servers and bandwidth across the state.”  This transition has had both positive and negative effects.  Students get more critical experience with computers, which opportunities have previously been few, but it comes at the cost of taking valuable time away from the curriculum in order to teach them how to take a test on the computer. New educational expectations demand improved...

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Grant Opportunity: Alaska Native Education Program

By Kasey McCrary

More than $16 million and an estimated 33 awards are available as part of the Alaska Native Education (ANE) program.  The purpose of the program is to support innovative projects that enhance the educational services provided to Alaska Native children and adults. The deadline for Transmittal of Applications is April 27, 2015.  Applicants must be from one of the Alaska Native organizations. Estimated Range of Awards: $300,000 to $1,000,000. Estimated Average Size of Awards: $500,000. Competition does not require cost sharing or match. Not more than 5% of the funds may be used for administrative purposes. Priority given to:...

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FCC Reports Alaska Internet Speeds Far Behind Nation

By Sarah Hagen

It is difficult to get basic commodities to and around Alaska, with more than 200 villages unconnected by roads. This issue hits Internet speed hard. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has increased its download and upload speeds to better match the technology of today. However, a recent report from the FCC shows Alaska far behind when it comes to Internet speed. More can be found from the full article by Alaska Dispatch News.

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