Alan Davis, principal of Martin L. Olson School in Golovin, is one of the few public school educators to voiced strong support Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s bill aimed at strengthening parental rights and baring public schools from hiding a child’s sexual identity, personal pronoun preferences or health records from parents. The governor’s legislation also requires parental permission before educators discuss sexual matters or gender identity with students and mandates that schools get parental permission before changing the name or pronouns they use in referring to a child. Finally, the bill safeguards a student’s right to privacy by requiring schools to separate locker rooms and restrooms according to biological sex at birth.

Davis, who taught science and math for 25 years before taking the helm as principal of the pre-K-12th grade school at Golovin, wrote a March 30 letter to lawmakers in Juneau, urging them to support House Bill 105. His letter stands out as one of only a few written by public school administrators or teachers that actually supports the governor’s bill.

“Every principal that I ever worked for told me that parent communication was the key to student success,” Olson wrote to the House Education Committee. “Parent/school communication has always been the norm, and has always been expected. It is sad that a governor has to propose a law to make a school communicate with a parent.”

Alan noted that he has seen the long term social and emotional damage that can result when schools fail to communicate important matter to parents.

“Parents care more and have more rights to their children’s wellbeing than the school,” he said. “Schools, school boards and teachers’ unions should stop trying to take these rights away from parents. When a student graduates, they are no longer the school’s concern. Parents are concerned for a lifetime.”


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Golovin school principal backs Gov. Dunleavy’s bill to protect parental rights in Alaska

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.


  • Ruth Ewig says:

    What an honor to read about Principal Martin L. Olson. He offers common sense and discernment to the issue. Parent’s rights are a given and the Governor also understands that. Gender ideology is a false product of evolution. It is dangerous and the NEA is promoting it here and throughout the country. They do not want the parents to know or interfere and pressure is being put on legislators who may or may not have experience as parents in families. Thank you Mr. Olson, you are a gem. We thank the Lord for people like you.

  • Friend of Humanity says:

    Thank you Principal Martin Olson. I hope that White Mountain will speak up in favor of parental rights also since they are very involved in their children’s lives there also. Hopefully we will see many native communities speaking out now that one principle has broken the ice.

    • Friend of Humanity says:

      Correction on my post: the Principle of the school is Alan Davis. Thank you Principle Alan Davis! God bless you for standing up for the children and the parents!

  • Neil DeWitt says:

    Well, I almost couldn’t believe what I was reading here. Thank you Mr. principal whatever your name is. It’s about time someone finally steps up in opposition to the crazy garbage our school districts are jamming down parents throats. Ce on all you native villages. It’s time to stand up and be heard. Let’s all stop this critical race, LGBTQ+ garbage once and fir all. These children are your children and they need all the help we can give then. It’s time to take a stand fir truth and parental justice. Let’s squash this bad omen the school districts think we need. We don’t need it. We need kids to learn reading, writing and arithmetic. We need to raise from the ashes like the Phoenix and take back our children’s education. These kids need a chance in life and our school district and administrators aren’t giving then that fair chance to survive. It’s all up to you all now.

  • Jim Minnery says:

    There is no doubt in my mind that nearly every person who voted for Mike Dunleavy supports this mind-numbingly rational bill. In other words, the majority of Alaskans. The House Education Committee members who are waffling, particularly Justin Ruffridge and Mike Prax, should take note.

  • DaveMaxwell says:

    Jim I don’t understand why anyone would support this stupid bill!? Our right to parent is not given to us by dunleavy!!! If he were actually doing his job he would prosecute the ones placing the porn in front of these kids!
    He doesn’t and that sir is all I need to know about his incompetent administration!!!

  • Alan Davis says:

    Wow! I so glad to hear of the support this article has brought. Yes there is a slight misprint. Martin L Olson is the name of the school, not my name. Again, I appreciate the support.

    • Friend of Humanity says:

      Mr. Davis, thank you so much for speaking out about this. Just know that many Alaskans stand in favor of your actions. I just pray that we can get many more Northern and interior schools on board with this. We need to let Mary Peltola know loud and clear that we do not support this abuse against our children!

  • Sheri Elligsen says:

    I support Governor Dunleavy’s bill to protect parental rights in Alaska. If you don’t support the bill, you’ve never been a parent.

  • DaveMaxwell says:

    Sheri please try to dig a little deeper with your comments! I trust that you love your kids! I also love my kids ( yes I’m a parent of 4 very successful children)! This bill written by the governor is ludicrous as he is not the arbiter declaring whether we as parents can in fact be the parents! That comes from God Himself! The issues we are facing in these schools is the presentation of pornography! Governor dunleavy has the obligation to protect these children and therefore ought to be bringing prosecutions forward, not stupid irrelevant bills that force the parents to have to make ridiculous absurd decisions!! Hopefully you get this!!!