By their own admission Anchorage’s brick and mortar public schools are plagued with student fights, foul language, emotional outbursts, disrespect of teachers and embarrassing academic scores. You can add to that the purchasing of pornographic gay novels, promotion of critical race theory and a far-left school board intent on turning local schools into propaganda machines for all thinks woke.

The problems are, as the left is fond of saying, “systemic” and deeply rooted in career educational bureaucrats who run the district’s curriculum committees, equity programs and myriad departmental teams – all heartily defended by the powerful teachers’ union.

Brave parents who dare to challenge the status quo are to be commended, but it’s time to drain the swamp. In practical terms that means removing children from a system that feeds off of their enrollment. For every child disenrolled, the district loses approximately $18,000 in state and federal funding. Since money is the only talking point that seems to get through to educational bureaucrats, it’s time for parents to consider statewide home school programs, private education and, for those who can swing it, independent homeschooling.

Until the financial swamp dries up, the district will just forge ahead with indoctrinating students while failing to teach reading, writing and arithmetic.

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Anchorage schools are unglued

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.


  • Ralph says:

    If you object for your children to the School Board.. the FBI labels you a terrorist.

    • Penny Johnson says:

      Who cares? They’re on their way out this November. There’s going to be some house cleaning.

  • Jon and Ruth Ewig says:

    Is there a movement to get the funds and apply them to school choice? These other options are really good but parents go broke trying to manage alternatives. God needs to be at the forefront in our thoughts so we need to use Him just like Benjamin Franklin did when the original Conventional came to an impasse..

    • david Boyle says:

      There is a State statute that allows one to use a tax credit scholarship. If you work/own a company that company can take a credit against its state taxes and use that credit to send kids to private schools.

  • Jen says:

    The latest school fight at West High reminded me of the 1989s movie “Lean on Me, In this fact-based film, a New Jersey superintendent, Dr. Frank Napier (Robert Guillaume), watches helplessly as East Side High becomes the lowest-ranked school in the state. With nowhere else to turn, Dr. Napier enlists maverick ex-teacher Joe Clark (Morgan Freeman) to take over as principal of the declining school. Unfortunately for Clark, before he can focus on improving the student body’s state exam scores, he has to somehow rid the school of its gang and narcotics problems.”
    Believe it or Not majority of children and young adults under 30 Wish they had a principal just like the real Joe Clark.

  • Neil DeWitt says:

    The public schools are plagued with problems because the government wants their warped thinking process to prevail. If the parents demanded equalrights as the rich kids get in private schools you’d see a big change. The problem with this is nobody wants to get involved. It’s the let somebody else do it and because of that attitude nothing gets done. Then when there is a problem everyone has an opinion.

    It’s time parents take a little responsibility to get decent training for their children. There is no reason public schools can’t be the cream of the crop. It’s time to step up and get involved people!

  • Tom says:

    Reading this, I see that the Great (DE) Commission is alive and well

  • Proud Alaskan says:

    Since money is the only talking point that seems to get through to educational bureaucrats, it’s time for parents to consider statewide home school programs, private education and, for those who can swing it, independent homeschooling.

    Ok here’s your choices use them!
    Get your kids out

  • Dee Cee says:

    We withdrew our kids from ASD starting in the 2020/2021 school year. It was absolutely the best decision we ever, ever, ever made. We are never going back to ASD.

  • Jesse L Thacker says:

    Don’t abandon the Public School System even if you home school. This is a fight worthy of our best efforts. We are not getting a return on our investment and worse, these kids will be running our Government.

  • Pamela J Doerner says:

    Have we not learned from the past? As soon as we let government control the purse strings, the program falls apart. When the feds, state, and/or local governments start giving money to operate a program, ‘they’ ruin it with their greed.

  • Buzz Kelley says:

    Time for a new deal. Time for school vouchers. Here is $18,000 and your kid. Here is $18,000 and your kid. Now parents can enroll their kids in schools of their choice. We already have some terrific models. The Success Academy Charter Schools in New York and The American Indian Public Charter School in Oakland, CA both have parents lining up in hopes of getting their kids enrolled. Check out the documentary films The Lottery and Waiting for Superman.