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  • The Greater Fairbanks Chamber of Commerce hosted speakers supporting and opposing the ballot measure on the May 7th special election for the Fairbanks North Star Borough. Speaking in favor of the proposition are representatives of the ad hoc group, Golden Heart Strong. Financial advisor Joshua Church and former Assembly member Aaron Lojewski made the presentation.
  • Groups supporting and opposing Proposition A in Fairbanks North Star Borough’s upcoming special election gave arguments to the Greater Fairbanks Chamber of Commerce yesterday. The election, scheduled for May 7th, would allow the borough to increase the collection of tax revenue by $10 million to pay for public schools.
  • The president of the Fairbanks North Star Borough School Board is apologizing for comments she made about legislators who did not vote to override the governor’s veto of an education bill. A majority of the school board has called a special meeting tonight to discuss the issue in private.
  • Just after midnight this morning, the Fairbanks North Star Borough School Board voted to close Ben Eielson Junior/Senior High School. They postponed voting on the closure of other schools to instead focus on the budget. The board resumes meeting tonight.
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    School closures were the focus of a Monday night worksession for the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District Board of Education. Members heard about the closures of Ben Eielson Jr./Senior High School and Ticasuk Brown Elementary school, as well as the possibility of closing two more elementary schools.
  • The Alaska Reads Act is supposed to improve reading skills for kids up to third grade. But older kids who still don’t have reading proficiency may miss the opportunity. A local woman is stepping in to provide a reading development program at a one-time event in Fairbanks.
  • Membership in an after-school remote-controlled model aircraft club in Delta Junction is growing, and they’re branching out: Delta RC Flyers members are offering activities ranging from finding lost animals to drone races in school hallways and gyms.
  • At least a dozen school districts across Alaska received bomb threats emailed to them Tuesday, including those in Anchorage, Dillingham and Delta Junction.
  • More Alaska school administrators spoke out Wednesday against Governor Mike Dunleavy’s deep cuts into education funding that lawmakers passed earlier this year.
  • After more than a year of negotiating, the teachers’ union and the support staff union in Fairbanks have not worked out a contract with the local school district. They plan to picket near the intersection of University Avenue and the Johansen Expressway tomorrow afternoon. Both unions will enter Arbitration with the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District in August.