Rep. Chris Tuck’s Community Connection: Recent Compass Piece Highlights Potential Improvements in Education

For many Alaskans, going back to school is an exciting time of year. Students are excited to see their friends and take on new challenges. And parents are proud — even sometimes a bit relieved — as their children get back on the bus after a busy Alaska summer. It’s a fresh start, a chance to build on past experience and an opportunity to develop new skills and knowledge.

But parents and teachers know that the learning doesn’t stop when the students aren’t in school. And what youths learn at home, at camp, or out in the Alaska outdoors can have a big impact on how a child performs in the classroom. Just as those experiences cannot, and should not, be standardized, students are not standardized either. As any parent knows, what works for one doesn’t necessarily work for another. And not all kids share the same opportunities or challenges.

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Rep. Tuck’s Community Connection: Back to School! Watch Out for 20 Mile an Hour School Zones and Increased Pedestrian Activity

As many of you may know, the Anchorage School District will be starting school tomorrow on Tuesday, August 16th.

Besides a change of pace for families with children, the character of our neighborhoods will change too. Anyone who lives near a school knows how busy early morning drop-off and afternoon pick-up times can get.

Please watch out for flashing yellow lights around school zones and remember to be conscientious and use safe driving practices to keep our future generations safe, healthy and productive in the new school year!

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Rep. Tuck’s Community Connection: Legislative Progress Despite Stand-Off

As the Governor and House and Senate budget negotiators continue their impasse, I’m using the special session to advance concerns critical to Alaska’s energy needs.

While serving on the Special Committee on Energy, we have been working jointly with the Resources Committee to go over the energy projects listed in the Senate’s capital bill. We just finished almost twelve hours of hearings and are now working on our comments to forward to the House Finance Committee in anticipation bill arriving to the House soon.

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Rep. Tuck’s Community Connection: Road Construction Alert 92nd to Academy Dr / Seward Underpass

A neighbor recently called my office with concerns about a portion of the 92nd Avenue Grade Separation project, which will lift the New Seward Highway above 92nd Avenue. Associated road work would add on/off ramps onto 92nd, rebuild frontage roads and change traffic flow in nearby neighborhoods. Pedestrian routes and some homes in Southwood Manor would also be affected.

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Rep. Tuck’s Community Connection: Historic Action – Legislature Called Into Special Session

As you may have already heard, the Legislature has been adjourned by the Governor and called into special session beginning today.

I am very disappointed that the Legislature was not able to follow the mandate from the voters to finish our business in 90 days. It is the Legislature’s duty to cooperate to advance Alaska’s interests, and I want to see results through cooperation. I am prepared, however, to stay in Juneau as long as it takes to get the job done and make sure the people’s business is finished.

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