Top Alaska education officials work to strengthen education

Alaska’s two top education officials say they want to tackle critical issues in a state where test scores and graduation rates fall below the national average, where teacher turnover rates are high, where achievement gaps persist and where state funding is likely to be anemic.

UA President Jim Johnsen and state Education Commissioner Michael Johnson said in a joint interview last month that they and their governing boards were working toward greater collaboration between the vast public schools system and the public university system. (Continue reading at

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