Members of the Anchorage School Board have gotten an earful over the past year from parents who are disturbed by the introduction of critical race theory and leftist ideology in the classrooms.

Now, the board is looking to create a two-tiered class during its meetings by giving preference to the public testimony of students over that of parents and other members of the community.

The proposed change to board policy would prioritize student testimony during the first hour of each meeting – a time when the public has the opportunity to comment on non-agenda and action items. At the end of each meeting, the public has another chance to speak to the board.

Additionally, the proposed change would create “special reserved seating for students in the board room with an unobstructed view” of school board members.

Introduced by School Board President Margo Bellamy, the justification for the change is that school board meetings take place on school nights and regularly extend past 9 p.m.

The proposal will be introduced at the Sept. 7 meeting for a first reading, but board members will not take any action until a later meeting.


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Anchorage School board looks to prioritize student testimony over parents

Joel Davidson
Joel is Editor-in-Chief of the Alaska Watchman. Joel is an award winning journalist and has been reporting for over 20 years, He is a proud father of 8 children, and lives in Palmer, Alaska.