Early data indicate at least 2,170 students from the high school graduating class of 2012 qualified for a state-funded merit scholarship.
Gov. Sean Parnell’s office says that’s 30 percent of this year’s total graduating class. It’s not clear yet how many students will accept a scholarship, which must be used for post-secondary education in Alaska.
Parnell has been a champion of the Alaska Performance Scholarship, seeing it as a way to help transform the state’s education system.
A report to lawmakers on the program’s inaugural year showed that as of Jan. 1, the program had awarded about $3 million in aid to more than 900 graduates from the class of 2011. About 1,400 additional students qualified and remained eligible to receive scholarship aid later, provided they meet eligibility requirements.
- It’s not clear whether independent Gov. Bill Walker will run in the primary. A campaign spokesperson said Walker could not comment because it is a pending legal matter to which the state is a party.
- Gastineau Community School has been renamed Sayéik Gastineau Community School. The Juneau School Board voted unanimously to add the traditional Tlingit name, which loosely translates to “spirit helper.”
- Christopher Strawn testified he walked home with his dog and was going to sleep when Brandon Cook was shot and killed on Oct. 20, 2015.
- Gov. Walker and Lt. Gov. Mallott both spoke, but is was the 17-year-old keynote speaker who brought the room to its feet with applause and cheers.