Parental Rights

A proposed policy update by the Mat-Su School Board would make it abundantly clear that parents have ultimate authority over the education of their children in public schools.

On Jan. 20, the board is scheduled to vote on a proposed update clarifying parental rights in education. It is four times longer than current policy and states in no uncertain terms that parents and guardians have the right to object and withdraw their child from any test, class, program or activity. It adds that parents have a right to be notified at least two weeks before their child engages in any activity that involves human reproduction or sexual matters – excluding sex-abuse awareness and dating violence courses, which are required by state law. In terms of curriculum, parents have the right to review any content. It also states that parents can remove children from school for religious holidays with no penalties.

This proposed update would be the first in nearly two years and would bring the school district more in line with state laws on parental rights.

There was considerable confusion about parental rights, which came to light in April when the board was debating the use of several controversial literature textbooks in classrooms. With more than a thousand comments and emails pouring in from the public, board members saw the need to clarify the district’s understanding of parental rights and engagement.


Mat-Su School Board set to vote on policy clarifying parental rights in education

Joel Davidson
Joel is Editor-in-Chief of the Alaska Watchman. Joel is an award winning journalist and has been reporting for over 24 years, He is a proud father of 8 children, and lives in Palmer, Alaska.


  • Efrog says:

    The has no rights over my kids and it sounds like they want to be shot in the street for an over reach of power.

    Let it rain blood of tyrants

  • Efrog says:

    The state can suck my dick

  • Efrog says:

    I hope they do and they can get in line with the state and suck my cack

  • NAV says:

    The names of the school board members that vote to violate the parents rights to educate in home must be posted!!! The public school system in Alaska is a sham it is nothing more than an indoctrination camp! The GPA of the public school system compared to private schools is so far subdued in merit the numbers resoundingly show a cancer in public educational system.
    And the private school GPA when compared to in home schooling on average falls short of the in home school GPA. And if you look at the budgets and salaries of the public school system with so much administrative waste. The public school system is a scam bent on nothing more than scamming you out massive tax dollars to do no more than feed large retirement benefit packages and nothing more the GPA’s speak the truth.