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University of Alaska scientist Ryan Harrod studies human remains. They tell him a lot about violence and social inequality. Can they also teach us to be a gentler, kinder society?


Jill Burke
Education advocates were optimistic after a day of hearings in the Senate Finance Committee on a bill that could boost the base student allocation by about $300.Pat Forgey
Kenai students are performing well on state tests, and Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Superintendent Steve Atwater said reading proficiency scores are about 10 percent above those of students elsewhere in Alaska -- with science scores about 15 percent higher.McKibben Jackinsky | Homer News
The Senate Finance Committee added the University of Alaska Fairbanks power plant to the capital budget Wednesday, a $245 million addition that pushes the total plan to $2.1 billion.Dermot Cole
In a session that ended early Tuesday, the Alaska House voted 29-11 to pass House Bill 278, Gov. Sean Parnell's omnibus education bill. But now it bears only a passing resemblance to the bill he proposed at the session's start, when he dubbed 2014 the "education session.” Pat Forgey
The Fairbanks North Star Borough School District released the information in a brief statement, saying the leave wasn't a "disciplinary action" or because they'd found any "wrong doing," but offering little else about the circumstances surrounding the move. Dermot Cole
OPINION: Instead of chasing amendments to Alaska's constitution, let’s focus on the educational investments that experts agree are critical -- adequate state funding, early learning, and making sure students are ready to learn.Tony Knowles
New provisions in the omnibus education bill being considered by the Alaska Legislature include extra help for the largest school districts, but critics say the move risks destabilizing a carefully crafted balance in education funding between rural and urban districts.Pat Forgey
The proposed increase, which must be approved by the full Senate, would then go back to the House of Representatives or on to a conference committee to work out the differences. The House approved just a $25 million increase.Pat Forgey
School board candidate Don Smith raised eyebrows across Anchorage last night when he said special education students and an influx of refugees from places like Africa and Indonesia are taking resources away from other students.Sean Doogan