Sean Parnell on Education



Digital Teaching Initiative: video conference remote schools

What more can we do to prepare these children for life after high school? First, we must recognize our students need 21st century classrooms to compete in a 21st century economy. Our Alaska Digital Teaching Initiative will give our young people access to high-quality teachers and instruction.

Today, eight districts use video conferencing to reach our more remote schools. Course instruction is delivered in real time, so students can take courses not otherwise available to them.

The Alaska Digital Teaching Initiative will empower our teachers to reach beyond their own classrooms and districts. Digital teaching can bring together students from Tanana and Ruby with Fairbanks students. Not only will students have access to a more diverse array of classes, they will have access to a more diverse array of insights.

Source: 2014 State of the State Address to Alaska legislature , Jan 22, 2014

Put school choice to the people for a Constitutional vote

Alaska's Constitution says no money shall be paid from public funds for the direct benefit of any religious or other private educational institution. The question of school choice is not about religious schools; it is about whether parents should have the freedom to say what school best meets their child's education needs with their child's share of public money--their money. Wealthier Alaskans can always send their kids to private or religious schools, but others cannot.

The US Supreme Court has affirmed a parent's right to make these choices under what they call the "private choice test:" The education spending must have a valid secular purpose; the aid must go to parents and not the schools; the education program must be neutral with respect to religion; and there must be adequate non-religious options.

[We should put this issue to] the people for a vote. On this question--whether parents ought to have a greater say in their child's education--it is time legislators let Alaskans decide.

Source: 2014 State of the State Address to Alaska legislature , Jan 22, 2014

Constitutionally protected Higher Ed scholarship fund

Thanks to the Alaska State Legislature's Joint Higher Education Scholarship Funding Task Force for its work to address a sustainable funding mechanism for the new performance-based scholarships.

While a constitutionally protected fund would be the most secure in the long term, a designated fund with sufficient capitalization to provide the estimated $20 million annual need for Alaska Performance Scholarship awards will provide a sustainable funding stream.

Source: 2010 gubernatorial press release #5589 , Dec 2, 2010

Performance Scholarship: fund tuition for good H.S. grades

If we give every high school student the opportunity for a merit scholarship, if we challenge them to reach higher to take personal responsibility for their futures, many will. These students will transform our economy and positively change the trajectory of Alaska's future for generations.

With the Governor's Performance Scholarship proposal, all Alaskan high school students can earn tuition for an in-state university or job-training program. They must complete a more rigorous curriculum than what's now required to graduate from high school. But for students who take this curriculum, better grades will mean greater tuition awards. If a student maintains a C+ average but completes this more rigorous curriculum, they will earn 50% of their tuition; a B average will earn them 75% tuition and with an A average while taking this tougher curriculum, a young person will earn 100% tuition for an in-state university or job-training program. Merit scholarships work.

Source: Alaska 2010 State of the State Address , Jan 20, 2010

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Bill Walker
Mead Treadwell
AK Senatorial:
Dan Sullivan
Mark Begich
Mead Treadwell

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