At its May 24 meeting, the Mat-Su School board introduced a handful of policy revisions and updates aimed at strengthening parental rights and curtailing controversial political activism in public schools.

The proposed changes will be open for debate, public comment and possible board action at the next school board meeting on June 7.

The proposed changes include the following:

— Providing for parent notification not less than two weeks, before any activity, class, or program that includes content involving gender identity, human reproduction, or sexual matter is provided to a child, and requiring written permission for the child to participate in such activities, classes, or programs.

— Requiring that the school board approve any curriculum, literature or materials related to sex education, human reproduction education or human sexuality education before they are used in a class or program or distributed in a school.

— Requiring written permission from a parent before a name or pronoun that does not conform to a child’s biological sex is used by a school to address or refer to a child in person, on school identification or in school records.

— Preventing district employees from utilizing school time, materials or facilities to engage in political activism.

— Ensuring that school counselors focus on academic issues and not personal or gender related concerns.


— Click here to read the proposed policy changes regarding school counselor duties.

— Click here to read the proposed policy changes regarding parental notification on sex education.

— Click here to read the proposed change regarding the use of personal pronouns.

— Click here to read the proposed change regarding political activism by district employees.

— Click here to contact the members of the Mat-Su School Board.

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Mat-Su School Board set to address gender pronouns, sex-ed, activism, parent rights

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.