My work for the Alaska Legislature ended in mid-April after 100 days.
Reflections upon what I had witnessed in Juneau over this time began while aboard the Alaska Marine Highway vessel M/V Columbia as we pled the waters toward Haines. As a certified Alaska teacher I have long been amazed at how Public Education funding is handled as a political hot potato.
The Chugiak-Eagle River Chamber of Commerce, Chugiak-Eagle River Community Foundation & the Eagle River Area Rotary Club will be hosting the Annual Excellence in Education Awards dinner today, March 27 from 530-730pm at the Chugiak Eagle River Senior Center.
Valerie Baalerud received the prestigious Milken Educator Award at 9:30 a.m. on Feb 1st at a school assembly at Eagle River High School (ERHS). Baalerud is the only Alaska educator to receive the award this year and only 1 of 44 educators in the country.
There comes a time in every person’s life when one must decide if where they are going is leading to where they want to be. Perhaps you have sought opportunities that are not now fulfilling. Can you dare to change direction? For me the question arose while I was in Juneau. I had already enjoyed a couple of interesting career moves from my original home in Anchorage.
Trying to catch Rep Lora Reinbold to interview for a story is a challenge. But pinning her down on the issues is a snap. She is outspoken on many issues, voting on principle, while some other elected officials play it safe. Reinbold voted against the crime omnibus bill SB 91.
A French dude with a long name – let’s just call him Max, for now – espoused a secret that got him killed during the French Revolution. It is ironic that it caused him so much difficulty since in America whose revolution preceded his we embraced his secret. We will talk about the difference between the two revolutions in a minute, but first his secret. Max spoke eloquently and often about this secret at every opportunity he could, which eventually forced him to place his head in a guillotine because the political leadership in his country thought it too dangerous. During the 1790’s in France, this secret exposed a radical idea to the French populous on how to ensure their nascent freedom.
Discussions about closing any Eagle River/Chugiak Schools are no longer being conducted in the Anchorage School District although local parents may need to be active in consideration of ASD boundary changes, according to Elisa Snelling, School Board Treasurer. “We can take a look at our enrollment out here and see that we are not getting smaller as a community,” explained Snelling. “All the reductions are in Anchorage. We’re about 95.4 percent of our anticipated enrollment, which is about where we were last year.”