After years of actively pushing controversial sexualized material into classrooms, the Fairbanks School Board seems to have noticed how costly this cultural war has become.

At its June 6 meeting, the board voted to approve two health books for middle school and high school, but narrowly rejected adding two supplemental sex-ed resources, which would have given teachers the option of initiating conversations and lessons promoting LGBTQ sexuality, abortion, masturbation and other sex-themed issues.

The unexpected 4-3 vote came despite the school district administration’s strong recommendation that the board approve both the new health books and the controversial supplemental materials.

Fairbanks School Board President Chrya Sanderson.

School Board President Chrya Sanderson joined the three conservative leaning board members – April Smith, Maggie Matheson and Melissa Burnett – in nixing the supplemental materials, while approving the more standard health books. Hard-left members Erin Morotti, Brandy Harty and Tim Doran voted to include the explicit sex curriculum.

Fairbanks faces steep and declining enrollment and a budgetary crisis that has led to massive teacher layoffs and the shuttering of several schools. A distinct factor in all this is parental outrage over school district’s embrace of radical, leftist social agendas – especially around sexuality.

The public comment period prior to the recent vote included an appearance by Fairbanks Borough Assemblywoman Barbara Haney. She spoke to the enrollment problem, noting that families have many other options when it comes to education, including various statewide homeschool programs which are entirely independent of the Fairbanks public school system.

Haney began by saying the supplemental sex-ed materials were inappropriate for students and should not be included in the overall health classes. To do so would only drive additional families to homeschool programs such as IDEA or Raven, thereby gutting the district of more students, as well as the state and federal education funding that follows each child.

“If you’re trying to build enrollment for IDEA, adopt the supplement [sex-ed books],” she said. “Because I tell you what, IDEA and Raven and all those programs will have a huge surge in their enrollment. I’m just going to be honest with you. I guess I wouldn’t have to worry about the budget next year too much, because most of your students will be in other programs. I really urge you to not to adopt the supplement.”

School Board Member Smith echoed these concerns, emphasizing to her colleagues that the district simply can’t afford a new round of parental backlash.

“The trust of the public is the cost,” she said. “Everything you hear about people who are anti-public education are about these kinds of things.”

At one point in the meeting, staff from the district’s teaching and learning department admitted there had been very little public input regarding the health books. In fact, only about 35 members of the public had reviewed the materials before the district recommended the books to the school board.

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Amid threat of parental backlash, Fairbanks School Board nixes LGBTQ sex books

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.


  • Friend of Humanity says:

    Informational interview about the war on the people trying to take our children and work being done to combat the demons.

    • George says:

      Yes, I watched this, everybody should follow David Sorensen at stopworldcontrol dot com.

  • Jen says:

    Just continue encouraging other parents to dis-enroll from public schools until Alaska Schools hurt so bad it learned its lesson American’s like freedom of choice that individual rights aren’t just for the homosexual, and the only activities that a school can afford is teaching parent’s children how to read, write, and do math better than their parents.

  • Jon and Ruth Ewig says:

    This is good news. I live in Fair banks and listened to testimony on parental rights versus the NEA “educators.” After 3 hearings on parental rights, specific teachers and counselors were opposed to the parents, especially Christian parents, who knowingly disapproved of the gender ideology worldview being taught in government schools, and the secrecy teachers instructed the students to have concerning what the parents would know. This atheist worldview is against Christian/Western Civilization values and against God. Atheist professors in many universities are teaching teachers to pass on to the students that there are 72 genders to pick from. This is very confusing and untrue. Practically, Biologically and Scripturally, there are two genders. That is fact.
    We do not base our thinking on how something feels, but on the facts. The facts are stable and reliable in contrast to feelings that are ever changing. Evolution has been disproved but the books and TV, especially kids programs still teach it. The atheist worldview of evolution is the foundation of the chaos we are experiencing in our culture. Look up Bill Nugent in your search engine and find out the 4 reasons evolution is a failure and a lie. Strangely but predictable is the “black out” by the mainstream media, Many evidences exist that confirm the History in the Bible which is Intelligent Design, including the discovery of Noah’s Ark on Mt Ararat in 1983. [People can can visit Turkey’s visitor center for Noah’s Ark by typing in Noah’s or . This is one example of the Biblical evidence we found.. Keep the prayers going that expose and rebuke the demons at work.

    • George says:

      I believe in evolution but I also know that homosexuality is immoral and a sin.

    • Lucinda says:

      Gosh, this is a weird statement: “We do not base our thinking on how something feels, but on the facts. The facts are stable and reliable in contrast to feelings that are ever changing. Evolution has been disproved but the books and TV, especially kids programs still teach it.” All the facts, every ten million of them have PROVEN that evolution is true and the driving force of biology. Yet you say yes to facts but no to fact-based conclusions. I don’t get it. I do not get it. No, there is no ark on Mt Ararat. Ken Ham is deluded. No flood, no ark, no talking snakes.

      When your lawn mower doesn’t start, do you check for fuel and spark or pray?

  • Mongo Love Candy says:

    Starve the evil Beast System!

    • Jen says:

      You are funny. Looks like this district except the far left radicals are taking notice. But it hasn’t suffered hard enough nor long enough. Fairbanks parents need to still encourage those still enrolled to did-enroll even if some stay at home parents lucky to stay at home pick up a friend’s or neighbor’s child and help homeschool them so their working single parent or working parents can disenroll- but that’s s Christian action to do.

  • Proud Alaskan says:

    Alaskans standing up and taking back our schools.

  • Lucinda says:

    Did you know that the Bible has been banned in Davis county Utah? Too violent. Too pornographic – incest, onanism.

  • DaveMaxwell says:

    Oh look here a threat of leaving actually works!
    Do it already!

  • CD says:

    Thank you, school board members who voted against the sex ed books. I live in Fairbanks and we do not send our kids to public school because it is against too many of our values.

  • ML, just common sense says:

    Nice to see a good decision come out of the school board. Even if it did take the community to threaten them to do it!