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A Ketchikan Superior Court Judge has ruled that it is unconstitutional for the state to require municipalities to help pay for public education, invalidating Alaska’s longheld school funding formula.

Tegan Hanlon
A representative from First Student, the bus company used by the school district, had originally recommended third-grade as a minimum for students to be dropped off or picked up alone, but the board settled on kindergarten.Associated Press

Tuition will increase at the University of Alaska system by 5 percent this fall following a UA Board of Regents meeting Friday.

Bob Hallinen
The 2015-16 budget, which is 2.3 percent above the current school year's budget, adds 63 teacher positions, but it still must go before the Anchorage Assembly in March.Tegan Hanlon
Between mid-August and the end of January, the community at East High School boarded People Mover buses nearly 26,000 times. As part of a new pilot program, the Anchorage School District picked up the tab.Tegan Hanlon
Elective teachers in Anchorage middle schools have been asked to teach an extra period each day, at the expense of time once spent planning lessons and coordinating curriculum between teachers. Unlike some core teachers who've been asked to do the same, they haven't been offered additional pay.Tegan Hanlon

Goldenview Middle School music teacher Dan Whitfield had always taught five classes, but this year he and the rest of the middle school elective teachers in the Anchorage School District have been required to teach for six out of the day’s seven periods. It's not a sustainable workload, Whitfield says.

Tegan Hanlon
Alaska Pacific University will host two workshops this month to help current and prospective students apply for financial aid, which could include free tuition for some. Tegan Hanlon
Right now, UAA’s team is in training. Every Thursday for the past few weeks, three undergraduates have slipped into philosophy professor Joel Potter’s faculty office for an hour of what sounds like mental calisthenics.Kathleen McCoy
Among the programs Rep. Lynn Gattis' budget cut were Best Beginnings, an early childhood reading program, the Live Homework Help program, the Statewide Literacy Program and broadband assistance for rural schools.Pat Forgey