Fairbanks North Star Borough School District

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Anchorage high school students will get a chance this year to learn about the work African-American soldiers did 75 years ago to help build the Alaska Highway. The retired educator who led the effort to get the district to teach that lesson says it’s important that Alaska students learn about this important part of their state’s history. KUAC’s Tim Ellis reports.


School Board Mulls K-8 Plan

May 24, 2017
Fairbanks North Star Borough School District

The Fairbanks North Star Borough School District Board is rethinking a plan to transition some schools to kindergarten through 8th grade. The model was discussed at a school board meeting last night, and as KUAC’s Robert Hannon reports, several board members are considering putting off the transition in light of uncertain funding.

Badger Voted Out

Apr 19, 2017
Badger Road Elementary PTA

The Badger Road Elementary school in North Pole will transition to a new name this summer. The Fairbanks North Star School District board voted Tuesday to rename the school Midnight Sun Elementary, but as KUAC’s Robert Hannon reports, the board nearly backed away from changing the Badger name, which links the school to a pedophile.

School Board Eliminates Grad Tests

Feb 8, 2017
Fairbanks North Star Borough School District / Fairbanks North Star Borough School District

Fairbanks High School seniors scheduled to graduate this spring won’t need to take a college entrance exam. At its meeting last (Tues.) night, the Fairbanks North Star Borough School Board revamped its graduation requirements. As KUAC’s Robert Hannon reports, the board also heard from some educators unhappy with a new model of personalized learning.

School District Facing Bus Funding Reduction

Feb 2, 2017
Fairbanks North Star Borough School District

Next week the Fairbanks School District unveils its budget for the upcoming year. While the Governor’s numbers for K-12 education are relatively flat, one significant reduction is in school transportation funding. As KUAC’s Robert Hannon reports, the local hit will be close to 700 thousand dollars.

New Learning Model Rolls Out

Jan 26, 2017
Robyne / KUAC

The Fairbanks North star Borough School District is hosting a community information session tonight to discuss a plan to customize learning for each student. Consultants from Educational Elements, a California based contactor have spent the last few days in local elementary schools, training small groups of teachers in the techniques and philosophy of Personalized Learning. KUAC’s Robyne reports.

School Board Reconsiders Banned Sex Ed Websites

Jan 18, 2017
Fairbanks North Star Borough School District

Websites previously banned by the Fairbanks North Star Borough School Board as resources for sex education, have been reinstated. Last night (Tues.) the school board reversed itself after hearing from the public. As KUAC’s Robert Hannon reports, most of the objections centered on Planned Parenthood.

Badger Road Elementary PTA

A North Pole school will get a new name. The Fairbanks North Star Borough School District Board of education approved a measure last (Tues) night to rename of Badger Road Elementary. The road is named after a North Pole area pioneer who plead guilty to child rape a century ago, but as KUAC’s Dan Bross reports, the name has long since transcended any connection to the man.

School Rename Discussion

Oct 11, 2016
Robyne / KUAC

School district officials held a public meeting Monday night at a North Pole elementary school to discuss changing the schools name. Badger Road Elementary is named after Badger Road, which was named for area pioneer, farmer, politician and pedophile Harry M. Badger, who was convicted of raping a 10-year-old girl a century ago. KUAC’s Robyne reports.

Fairbanks schools are among several in Alaska and the western lower 48 that have received threatening phone calls. There’s been no actual violence but as KUAC’s Dan Bross reports, the calls have prompted lock downs and law enforcement responses.

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