Eric Pedersen, UAA’s chief of enrollment, breathed a sigh of relief last Monday, the first day of fall semester at UAA. Since last spring, when students could register for fall 2015 classes, the state’s budget woes from plummeting oil prices had dominated headlines. Would students still come?

Kathleen McCoy
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
The agenda for Monday's Arctic conference is heavy on Alaska speakers, and the topics go beyond climate change.Yereth Rosen
National Endowment for the Arts chairman Jane Chu is on a tour of Palmer, Anchorage, Juneau and Sitka "to see firsthand what's happening in arts in Alaska."  Mike Dunham