ANCHORAGE (KTUU) The Alaska Board of Education is seeking input on how to reform public education in the state.
During Gov. Bill Walker's State of the State address, he outlined that Alaska has ranked low compared to the nation in student education achievement and graduation rates.
"We must do a better job of preparing our youth for the challenges of the future," Walker said in the Jan. 18 speech. "To meet this challenge, we need to rethink our entire system of public education. Alaskans must be at the heart of this effort."
Alaskans can highlight their priorities by filling out an online survey.
The State Board of Education is also forming five committees to gather input from people across the state on these topics: student learning; educator excellence; modernization and finance; tribal and community ownership' and safety and well-being.
"Our students, their families, and teachers deserve a focused effort to support the public education system through reform," said Commissioner of Education Michael Johnson. "Though many students in our state are getting a very good education, a large and tragic achievement gap exists."
The board will present its findings to the governor and legislator by the end of this year.