Schools in the Mat-Su are scrambling to keep up with a surprise influx of students that’s swelling class sizes and causing a scramble for more teachers.

Zaz Hollander
It's been a process, but Anchorage's newest charter school is starting classes Monday, hoping to accommodate a variety of students with a blend of charter school and home-schooling methods.Tegan Hanlon
An old adage about Alaskans claims we don’t give a damn about “how they do it Outside.” New philanthropy research by three UAA undergraduates pretty much dissolves that claim, at least when it comes to soliciting money at a grocery story entrance.Kathleen McCoy
A new school named for "Father of the Iditarod" Joe Redington Sr. is part of a Mat-Su school construction boom to accommodate the region’s burgeoning population.Zaz Hollander
The Anchorage School District says it has no specific policy for dealing with transgender employees or students but has had a set of guidelines in place for several years to help staff if issues arise.Sean Doogan

Around 45,000 Anchorage students returned to school on Wednesday, the first day of school in Alaska's largest school district.

Loren Holmes
Alaska’s coastline is melting. At Cape Halkett on the North Slope, half a football field dissolves into the sea each year. “It’s very dramatic,” says UAA civil engineering professor Tom Ravens. Kathleen McCoy
Martin Cenek and his team at are creating a low-power, decentralized system that can be outfitted with any number of sensors and deployed remotely. Say, the Bering Sea ice pack. Kathleen McCoy
The University of Alaska Anchorage is paring more than 200 positions -- resulting in 17 layoffs -- as part of an effort to close a $13 million budget shortfall caused by a drop in state revenue.Alex DeMarban

The Mat-Su Borough School District celebrated the opening of its newest high school, Redington Junior / Senior High School near Knik, with an assembly and ribbon cutting on Thursday, Aug. 20, 2015. The school opened this year for students in grades 6-10.  Grades 11 and 12 will be added over the next two years.  The school was named after the late Joe Redington, Sr. who is known as the father of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.

Bill Roth