The Alaska Association of School Boards (AASB), which consists of more than 330 individual school board members who oversee Alaska’s public schools, recently modified its core resolutions to explicitly state its commitment to push the LGBTQ agenda in public schools.
Approved in November, the updated resolution affirms the AASB’s determination to press member districts, state agencies and other decision makers to advance what it calls “inclusive learning environments for LGBTQ+ students.”
The resolution specifically states the goal of ensuring equal access to “educational programs” for transgender and nonbinary students.
While the resolution fails to unpack its real-world ramifications, it does open the door to putting increased pressure on various school boards to implement the political agenda of the LGBTQ movement in Alaska’s government-run schools.
Of the 54 school districts from across Alaska, 51 are members of AASB. Most notably, The Mat-Su School District, the second largest in Alaska and arguably the most conservative, is not a member.
In an effort to further encourage students to embrace the AASB’s equity and inclusion agenda, the association will soon issue $1,500 scholarships to 15 graduating high school seniors who can explain how they will help expand “equity and inclusion.” The scholarships may be used to attend business, trade or college institutions.
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To win a scholarship, students had to answer the following equity and inclusion question: “In light of recent messages and actions nationwide supporting respect for all peoples, please describe how you will move forward as a young adult to advocate for others and do your part to support equity and inclusion.”
One of AASB’s primary goals for 2022 to 2025 is to “support school boards and districts in understanding equity and how their decisions impact the success of students” and to “bring equity to the forefront of school board conversations and actions.”
Equity is a term widely used by left-leaning activists to highlight their belief that government should ensure “equality of outcomes,” rather than equality of opportunity for all. Unlike equality of opportunity, equity is associated with mandatory quotas based on racial, ethnic, gender and sexual identity for social and educational institutions.