Sen. Gary Stevens, R-Kodiak, introduces Senate Bill 22 to the Senate Resources Committee at the Capitol on Jan. 30. The bill would allow organizations to obtain permits and enhance the habitat of shellfish in hopes of improving the seafood industry. (Michael Penn/Juneau Empire)
                                Sen. Gary Stevens, R-Kodiak, introduces Senate Bill 22 to the Senate Resources Committee at the Capitol on Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019. The bill would allow organizations to obtain permits and enhance the habitat of shellfish in hopes of improving the seafood industry. (Michael Penn/Juneau Empire)

Peninsula educators support early funding for education

Last week, Sen. Mia Costello, R-Anchorage, introduced a constitutional amendment guaranteeing early funding for state K-12 public education. Several state entities and peninsula educators testified… Continue reading

 

Sen. Gary Stevens (R-Kodiak) addresses a crowd of people at a town hall meeting Friday, March 15, 2019 at Chapman School in Anchor Point, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Sen. Stevens talks education, PFD at Anchor Point town hall

Concerned parents, educators and community members flocked to Chapman School last Friday to hear from Sen. Gary Stevens (R-Kodiak) in one of two town hall… Continue reading

 

School announcements

Homer High School Friday — “Once Upon a Review” Musical Performance at 7 p.m. in the Mariner Theater Saturday — “Once Upon a Review” Musical… Continue reading

 

Paul Banks Elementary School students enjoy a celebration of their end of their read-a-thon, while dressed as pirates, on Thursday, March 7, 2019 at the school in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Read up me hearties, yo ho

Paul Banks Elementary students celebrate read-a-thon

Paul Banks Elementary School students enjoy a celebration of their end of their read-a-thon, while dressed as pirates, on Thursday, March 7, 2019 at the school in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

School announcements

Homer High School March 17 – Once Upon a Review Homer High School Musical Rehearsals at 1 p.m. in the Mariner Theater Homer Flex School… Continue reading

Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion
                                Teachers and support staff from across the Kenai Peninsula fill the Betty J. Glick Borough Assembly Chambers during the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Education Board meeting in Soldotna on Monday, Feb. 11.

Schools face drastic cuts

District would see increased class sizes, school closures if Dunleavy budget passes

Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion
                                Teachers and support staff from across the Kenai Peninsula fill the Betty J. Glick Borough Assembly Chambers during the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Education Board meeting in Soldotna on Monday, Feb. 11.

School announcements

Homer High School Today — Hockey Awards Banquet at 6 p.m. in the Commons Friday — End of 3rd Quarter. Teacher in-service (no school) Saturday… Continue reading

Homer students place at Drama, Debate and Forensics state competition

Students from Homer High School had a successful weekend of competition last weekend at the Drama, Debate and Forensics State Championship in Anchorage. The Homer… Continue reading

School announcements

Homer High School Today — Track and Field Parent Meeting, at 6:15 p.m. in the library March 4 — Big Booster Club Meeting at 6… Continue reading

Eric Pedersen, principal of Paul Banks Elementary School, speaks during a budget meeting hosted by the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District on Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019 at Homer High School in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)
Eric Pedersen, principal of Paul Banks Elementary School, speaks during a budget meeting hosted by the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District on Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019 at Homer High School in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Mariners on the Move announced

This quarter’s Mariners on the Move award winners have been announced. Each Homer High School faculty member is tasked with selecting one outstanding student per… Continue reading

Daniel Perry answers questions from students after a concert Friday, Feb. 15, 2019 at Paul Banks Elementary School in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Local musicians play to support youth ensemble programs

Big musicians came together to lend a hand to their little counterparts last weekend by putting on a chamber music concert. The public was treated… Continue reading

Daniel Perry answers questions from students after a concert Friday, Feb. 15, 2019 at Paul Banks Elementary School in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

School announcements

Homer High School Friday, Feb. 22 — 2:30 p.m., DDF State Championships at East and UAA Saturday, Feb. 23 — 8:30 a.m., DDF State Championships… Continue reading

School announcements

Homer High School Friday, Feb. 15 — Skills USA Competition in Kenai and 9th Grade Activity Night at high school Monday and Tuesday, Feb. 18-19… Continue reading

A group of teachers gather outside the entrance to West Homer Elementary and Big Fireweed Academy wearing “red for ed” Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2019 in Homer, Alaska. Teachers around the Kenai Peninsula demonstrated this week to bring awareness to the contract negotiation situation with the school district. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Teachers, unions getting frustrated by contract negotiations

Teachers and representatives from the unions that represent them are speaking up about their frustrations with the current contract negotiations with the Kenai Peninsula Borough… Continue reading

A group of teachers gather outside the entrance to West Homer Elementary and Big Fireweed Academy wearing “red for ed” Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2019 in Homer, Alaska. Teachers around the Kenai Peninsula demonstrated this week to bring awareness to the contract negotiation situation with the school district. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Homer Flex Phoenix award winner: Elvis Wool

Junior Elvis Wool has been awarded the Flex Phoenix Award for February. This award is given monthly to the student who represents the Homer Flex… Continue reading

School announcements

Homer High School Today — Parent-teacher conferences 8:30-11 a.m., and noon to 3 p.m. No school. Winter Carnival Basketball Games in the Alice Witte Gymnasium:… Continue reading

Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy speaks at a news conference in Juneau, Alaska, Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019. (AP Photo/Becky Bohrer)
Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy speaks at a news conference in Juneau, Alaska, Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019. (AP Photo/Becky Bohrer)
School buses drop students off at Thunder Mountain High School on Monday, Sept. 21, 2015. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Gov’s bills includes $20M slash to education

The money was already approved.

School buses drop students off at Thunder Mountain High School on Monday, Sept. 21, 2015. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
University of Alaska President Jim Johnsen, left, listens to Dr. Steve Atwater, Executive Dean of the university’s new Alaska College of Education, during an interview at the University of Alaska Southeast on Friday, August 3, 2018. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Loss of accreditation could put university’s school of education ‘years behind’

The University of Alaska Board of Regents met last Friday, with the main goal of discussing how to be more efficient with its spending. The… Continue reading

University of Alaska President Jim Johnsen, left, listens to Dr. Steve Atwater, Executive Dean of the university’s new Alaska College of Education, during an interview at the University of Alaska Southeast on Friday, August 3, 2018. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)