August 2018 Updates!

Another school year is underway in Alaska. We hope you all have had a rejuvenating summer and are enjoying the beginning of a successful year! Here are some updates from Coalition for Education Equity. We look forward to seeing and working with you as we continue to champion equity and adequacy in education across Alaska!

Coalition for Education Equity announces priorities for 2018 and beyond

In our July 10, 2018 board meeting, Coalition for Education Equity members approved priorities and a work agenda for 2018-2019. We will continue our focus on championing equity and adequacy in education across Alaska, using advocacy, policy development, and legal expertise to advance solutions to issues facing our schools. Priority areas include: adequate investment in education, recruitment and retention of quality educators, statewide access to quality pre-elementary programs, capacity of school districts and DEED, school construction and major maintenance, and community capacity issues. Read more about these priorities and some of our plans to address them.

Education bills signed into law

Coalition for Education Equity executive director, Sarah Sledge traveled to Fairbanks August 10 to join Governor Bill Walker as he signed several key education bills into law. CEE supported all of these bills, and specifically worked to get HB 212 introduced and passed. This bill will provide an additional avenue for our rural and small schools to obtain funding for major maintenance projects, helping us save money on future construction costs and ensuring our children have safe spaces in which to learn. Earlier that week, HB 135 was signed, providing an opportunity for communities to have extended time to meet their local match for construction funds. Both of these bills are part of our multi-year work to improve access to and usage of the REAA/Small Schools Construction fund. Working to ensure reliable, adequate, and equitable funding for school construction and major maintenance is one of our ongoing priority areas. See all of our priority areas and learn more about our accomplishments!

Congratulations to our new Executive Board!

Coalition for Education Equity members elected their new board officers on August 10, 2018. Officers will serve a two-year term. Please join us in welcoming our new executive board!

President – Daniel Walker (Lower Kuskokwim School District)

Vice President – Scott MacManus (Alaska Gateway School District)

Secretary/Treasurer – Annmarie O’Brien (Northwest Arctic Borough School District)

Member at Large – Pam Lloyd (GCI)

Member at Large – Glenn Bafia (NEA-Alaska)

RESS

Coalition for Education Equity has released the final report from the “Research-based Educator System Support” (RESS) pilot study, designed to study and support educator workforce satisfaction and retention. The process and information gleaned from the study proved beneficial to individual school districts, and also provide us with salient recommendations for local and state policy and practices.

Moore Settlement Evaluation

The terms of the Moore settlement were fulfilled at the end of the 2016-2017 fiscal year, with a total of $18 million being disbursed through grants and other support mechanisms as detailed below:

  • $8.9 million to early learning grants

  • $5 million to targeted resources grants

  • $2.6 million to teacher retention grants

  • $128,000 to HSGQE reimbursement grants

  • $1.3 million to support services, including Ed Connector, Research-based Educator System Support (RESS) pilot study, and program evaluation

The Moore Collaborative Committee commissioned Ed Northwest to conduct a post-hoc evaluation of the early learning, teacher retention, and HSGQE grants, and the final report from that evaluation can be found here. We also have a final grant evaluation report for year 5 of the targeted resources grants. We will see a summative report for all five years of the targeted resources grants later this year.

Thank you for your interest!