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Governor:Sean Parnell
Commissioner of Education:Mike Hanley
Quality Counts state grade:C-
Pre-K-12 enrollment:132,104
Number of school districts:54
Number of public schools:509
Number of public school teachers:8,171
Unadjusted education spending per student:$15,829
Percent minority students:47.8%
Percent of students eligible for free/reduced price lunch:38.4%
Percent of students with disabilities:13.7%
Percent of English-language learners:11.3%
NAEP Mathematics 2011 percent proficient
4th grade math:36.7%
8th grade math:33.0%
NAEP Reading 2011 percent proficient
4th grade reading:27.5%
8th grade reading:31.1%

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Geography is no barrier for students in the Lower Kuskokwim district, where Assistant Superintendent Dan Walker has expanded distance learning options, from digital photography to robotics.
March 3, 2014 - Education Week
While there are drawbacks—such as technological glitches that interrupt instruction—online educators say the opportunities to build alliances with colleagues worldwide allow them to strengthen their own teaching.
January 30, 2012 - Education Week
The long-running lawsuit, now ended, opened state coffers for more than $1.2 billion in school facilities aid for remote, rural districts.
October 18, 2011 - Education Week
The first quarterly reports on how aid for education was used offer plenty of information, but sharpening the picture can be tough.
November 6, 2009 | Updated: April 4, 2012 - Education Week
March 16, 2009 - Education Week
How much money one state spends on special education is an unlikely focus of controversy in a presidential race. But when a previously little-known governor makes a splash as the mother of a special-needs child after getting her party’s vice presidential nod, that seemingly parochial topic can suddenly make news.
September 16, 2008 - Education Week
Although Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin has espoused conservative positions on teaching creationism and abstinence-only sex education, the Republican vice presidential nominee has not pushed those beliefs into state policy.
September 9, 2008 - Education Week
The Supreme Court's decision could result in more control for administrators.
March 27, 2007 - Education Week
Thirteen Western states that are home to more than 93 percent of the nation’s federally owned land have formed a coalition to lobby Washington for an annual $4 billion in lost local and state property-tax revenues on the federal land, nearly $1.9 billion of which would have gone to pay for public education.
December 12, 2006 - Education Week

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