Geochemist Birgit Hagedorn is as comfortable talking with eighth graders at Romig Middle School about glaciers as she is managing the complexities of UAA’s ASET Lab. The lab is where biologists, ecologists and environmental scientists tackle some of the most vexing health, safety and climate change issues facing Alaska.

Kathleen McCoy
The state's Department of Education and Early Development will likely face the steepest cuts of any department, said Sen. Mike Dunleavy, a key player in education policy in the Alaska Senate.Pat Forgey

Rogers Park Elementary School celebrated its 50th anniversary on Thursday with former principal and current Anchorage School District superintendent Ed Graff and many current and former students.

Loren Holmes
The Anchorage House Majority Caucus on Thursday lambasted the Anchorage School District for its 2015-16 school year budget, calling it "irresponsible" and "shortsighted." On Friday, the Anchorage School Board fired back.  Tegan Hanlon
A Wasilla lawmaker has introduced legislation that would write into law a parent’s right to withdraw a child from state standardized exams, but education officials say too many withdrawals could lower school ratings, and legalizing refusals could harm federal funding. Tegan Hanlon
The Fairbanks North Star Borough School board cut 60.5 jobs and sliced $11 million Wednesday from its spending plan for the next fiscal year, though it opted to include a letter asking the borough Assembly to restore $7 million of the cuts with local property taxes.Dermot Cole
The Anchorage Assembly passed the Anchorage School District’s $784 million 2015-16 budget Tuesday night after a flurry of debate over whether it reflected the cuts discussed in Juneau. Tegan Hanlon
Ryan Harrod, a bioarchaeologist in UAA’s anthropology department, happens to teach a class on violence. It gets him a lot of attention, especially in this pre-apocalyptic global moment of great climate change.Kathleen McCoy
The Alaska Measures of Progress, or AMP, assessment has triggered a wave of laptop purchases, a gathering of headphones and a sprint to upgrade bandwidth or set up new servers at Alaska schools. Tegan Hanlon
Anchorage parents who want their children to attend a neighborhood school outside their zone, a charter school or an alternative program next school year have until 5 p.m. Thursday to enter the Anchorage School District’s online lottery.Tegan Hanlon