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Anchorage, Mat-Su Students Jointly Talk Education

By Corey Allen-Young, Education Reporter, cyoung@ktuu.com
Published On: Feb 13 2014 06:35:16 PM AKST
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From school structure to school budgets, students from the Mat-Su and Anchorage School Districts gave their input Thursday on how they want their education to look. 

With all hands on deck determined to tackle statewide school budget woes, Mat-Su and Anchorage's Student Advisory Board are using their minds to make sure those cuts won't hurt them in the classroom. 

One option ASD officials are discussing is adding an extra period to keep class sizes from getting too big since there will be fewer teachers. Mat Su Career & Technical High School junior Ariel Hasse says that’s already happening out in the Mat Su Valley.  

"Personally I like the opportunity to be involved in different categories and have more class opportunities," she said. "The disadvantage is after school, and you don't see as much teacher involvement in extracurriculars."  

Those extra activities are important, says Chugiak High School junior Tasha Boyer, which is why she and some of her peers went to Juneau to talk to lawmakers. 

"If people don't have incentives like that to go to school then, they are not going to succeed." 

The students said they want to make sure student voices were heard during the education discussion.

"If you disregard the most important stakeholder—in my opinion, the students—then you’re really disregarding the point of education," said Haase.

Beyond the budget, issues like substance abuse and community involvement were also discussed.

Both the Mat Su and Anchorage Student Advisory Boards plan on taking Thursday's talk to their respective school boards for possible changes.