The Anchorage Education Association (AEA), which boasts 13,000 members, has thrown its support behind some of the most left-leaning candidates on the April 6 ballot.

The union claims to issue endorsements in a non-partisan manner, based purely on a candidate’s support for public education. Its actual endorsements however, are nearly identical to those of Planned Parenthood and are reserved for candidates who fall in line with the union’s radical social agenda.

The AEA website extols leftist political aims under the guise of “social justice.” Its civil rights committee has the expressed goal of pushing ideas like racial equity and diversity, terms often used to advance questionable and controversial notions about white privilege, subconscious racism and widespread acceptance of the LGBTQ political agenda. The Anchorage union’s website also promotes the Black Lives Matter movement and sells these t-shirts for area teachers.

The AEA is part of the National Education Association which states that one of its missions is to “eliminate” what it calls “institutional discrimination, homophobia, and transphobia” by instituting “schools free of anti-LGBTQ+ bias and intolerance.” To accomplish these goals, the national network partners with radical groups like the Human Rights Campaign, which supports abortion and restrictions on religious liberties.

For Anchorage mayor, the AEA is endorsing Forest Dunbar, considered by many to be the most far left candidate in the field. He has openly stated that he thinks America is racist at its core and is prominent participant in the city’s annual gay pride festivities. He is also endorsed by the local branch of Planned Parenthood, Alaska’s largest provider of abortions.

For school board, the union wants to see these candidates elected:

  • Kelly Lessens, Seat B (also endorsed by Planned Parenthood)
  • Pat Higgins, Seat E
  • Dora Wilson, Seat F (also endorsed by Planned Parenthood)
  • Carl Jacobs, Seat G (also endorsed by Planned Parenthood)

Additionally, the Anchorage teachers’ union has weighed in on the recall effort of Assembly Chairman Felix Rivera. The AEA does not want to see him recalled on April 6.

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Anchorage teacher’s union backs far left candidates for April 6 election


  • Michael S Totten says:

    I’m glad my kids are grown because if I had to raise them in todays schools. They wouldn’t be going to school. They don’t need a diploma to become a slave.

  • Jon and Ruth Ewig says:

    I am a retired schoolteacher living in Fairbanks. The NEA and the University professors have brought into our government schools these toxic curriculum and toxic policies at every level using their power to taken using forced dues. They cheat by using teacher mailboxes to promote their leftist propaganda and endorsements. They want more money and more control. They opposed traditional family values and undermine parents against the law by waving “separation of church and state” a phrase not found in the Constitution anywhere to shut us up.

    In college we were trained into passing on other worldviews except the Biblical worldview. These unions including academia have supported candidates against our conservative values. They are atheists and Utopians and Marxists and care nothing for Western Civilization’s values. I was a union representative in the local NEA and it was run by feminists and lesbians who were interested in more money and more power. These people were anti-family and have been teaching lies for decades without correction. Two books of the books I know of were written about the NEA and the other labor unions copy their endorsements. Samuel Blumenfeld wrote “NEA, the Trojan Horse in American Education.” The other book was written by Sally D. Reed and titled “NEA: Propaganda Front of the Radical Left.”
    When in college we were not told that we were training kids to being Democrats/marxists/socialists/totalitarianists and later the same through Kids Voting,, but, my political science teacher stated boldly that America was a country of “capitalist pigs.” Furthermore, my atheist philosophy teacher stated that “God is dead” and challenged us to disprove it.

    Senator Murkowski has the NEA as her power base hidden in her APOCs.

    At the national level the powerful AFL-CIO bragged about screwing up the 2020 election in which former President Trumpp won by 75 million votes. The AFL-CIO spokesman said they were doing it to same America in Time magazine.

    We have found our strength in the churches who are getting into the action and standing up for our Rule of Law and Constitution. The churches need to do the work of finding candidates to run who believe in our Constitution and Rule of Law (not teachers or educators out of secular institutions). We are working on this in Fairbanks.
    Not individual teachers but the unions and universities are the bad guys. The one on our side will stand up to the onslaught but we also need integrity within the elections themselves and the courts. We need to be outspoken as Christians and in a forward not defensive manner, stand up for our First Amendments rights in every area. If candidates do not know their Constitution, Hillsdale College offers free online courses for us. I will be taking them. Get trained or refreshed for the battle by being confident of what our Founding designed and put in place.

    • Alberto Brandolini says:

      White Christians are the majority in America – you’re not oppressed. Stop complaining.

      • Daniel Baldwin says:

        Actually, white Christians are the only group that is acceptable to oppress and discriminate against. The reason? They don’t push back.

  • Lobo says:

    Knowing that the Anchorage, or any other Teachers Union, backs a particular candidate tells me all I need to know as to who I will not vote for.

  • G Aleution says:

    Minorities you’ll get more traction defending the republic and the US Constitution than running in a bunch like this. No more Democrats. We have seen who they are and they are not standing for the republic!

  • Alberto Brandolini says:

    Last time I checked they have the freedom to choose…
    but this is Alaska Watchman, every article pushes fear and division

    • Michael S Totten says:

      Go stand in the corner. We all know you’re a leftist troll. We see your negative comments in every political article. I think you have already been schooled a couple of times by one or two of us. Stop while you are ahead sparky

    • Daniel Baldwin says:

      Do we have the freedom to choose not to wear a mask in a public building?