Concerns of education cuts are growing as state revenue is projected to shrink this year and in 2015.
A group of people from a variety of backgrounds came together Saturday to discuss the problem and possible solutions.
The Sustainable Education Task Force was formed by the Alaska Legislature in 2013 to take a closer look at how schools allocate funds.
Educators and legislators hosted a teleconference from Anchorage to discuss residential schools.
In residential schools, students grades 9 to 12 live on-site.
"We're in discovery mode," said a member of the task force, meaning they're learning more about education in Alaska.
The committee sought to learn more about how high schools in rural Alaska where students live on-site operate, particularly their success rates and costs.
Andrew Halcro, a member of the task force, said school funding in the past has been an issue for lawmakers, unions and school boards. He said getting recommendations from the task force is a way to "change the message" and "move past the conversations about more funding and less funding and look at the results to say what is working."
Educator Jerry Covey said the task force learned about the high success rate of residential programs.
The group hopes with a smaller state budget they can still successfully and efficiently educate students all over the state.