For the past eight years, families in Juneau and Sitka have opened their homes to high school students on exchange from countries with a significant Muslim population. Volunteers with the program say it’s more relevant than ever.
Gov. Michael Dunleavy proposed doing away with $20 million in education funding approved by the Legislature in 2018. Superintendents and lawmakers say school districts were counting on that money, and many have already started spending it.
Since 2008, Juneau’s eighth-graders have gotten to choose between the town’s two main high schools. But with a shrinking population and budget cuts, some wonder if two high schools is one too many.
Alaska has a shortage of health care workers, especially in rural areas. Students from around Southeast came to Juneau to explore careers in behavioral health, a field that covers mental health and substance abuse.
Earlier this week, the leader of the Coast Guard called it “unacceptable” that service members must rely on charity during the shutdown. But seeing a need in Juneau, Coast Guard supporters opened a pantry stocked with daily necessities.