Anchorage School Superintendent Jharrett Bryantt

Anchorage Mayor Dave Bronson is disappointed in Anchorage School District Superintendent Jharrett Bryantt, who unilaterally decided to bar famed brain surgeon and national hero Dr. Ben Carson from visiting a local elementary school.

“I’m disappointed that Superintendent Bryantt has banned Dr. Carson from visiting ASD schools,” Bronson stated Aug. 18. “Dr. Carson is a highly accomplished neurosurgeon, Medal of Freedom honoree, politician, and public servant and we are fortunate to welcome him to our great city next week.”

Controversy erupted following the Aug. 17 school board meeting where Bryantt was questioned by School Board Member Dave Donley on why he nixed a previously scheduled visit by Dr. Carson to Mountain View Elementary School.

Bryantt admitted that the planned visit did not violate any board policy, but that it was within his authority to “make that call.” Bryantt offered no other rationale, other than to say he “respectfully declined the invitation” to have Carson visit the school.

In disinviting a past presidential candidate and former secretary of the U.S. Dept. of Housing & Urban Development under President Trump, the dismissal may be the most prominent in the history of Anchorage.

Dr. Carson is headed to Alaska for a couple of fundraisers for the Anchorage Republican Women’s Club, but he is also planning several other visits while in Alaska, including stops at a couple of private schools.

President George W. Bush presents the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Dr. Ben Carson in 2008 for his work with neurological disorders.

Mayor Bronson is working to facilitate some of these stops.

“My staff has been working hard on organizing his visit, and I was looking forward to visiting some of our elementary schools with Dr. Carson as we have one of the most diverse student demographics in the nation,” Bronson said. “For those who know Dr. Carson know that his story exemplifies what can make public schools so great: family involvement, diverse opportunities unavailable elsewhere, and excellence amid challenge. This is a rare and unique opportunity for Anchorage School District students to have a visitor as accomplished and renowned as Dr. Carson and I hope Superintendent Bryantt will rethink his decision.”

In addition to his public service, Dr. Carson directed pediatric neurosurgery at John Hopkins Children’s Center for three decades. He assumed that post at age 33, becoming the youngest major division director in the hospital’s history. Since then, he has received myriad honors and awards for his achievements, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor.


— Click here to contact Anchorage Superintendent Jharrett Bryantt.

— Click here to contact members of the Anchorage School Board.

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Anchorage mayor ‘disappointed’ by superintendent blocking Dr. Carson from visiting students

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.


  • Neil says:

    It is extremely obvious that Superintendent Bryantt is a very prejudice man. I say we tge people need to have such an uproar about this prejudice that Mr. Bryantt looses his job over it.

    What say you all?

    • Elizabeth Henry says:

      Agree. Definitely. The links are above for contact. I would though avoid profanity of any kind, name calling or labeling. It won’t be received and will only make the guy believe further he did the right thing. The left loves it when they can stir conservatives to (albeit righteous) rage and belligerence. Don’t play into their hand but do let thoughts be known.

    • Jane says:

      Wholeheartedly agree. The current superintendent was not qualified to take this job and needs to be removed immediately.

  • Steve Peterson says:

    Disappointed huh? That is pretty mild. It seems that it would be far more effective if Bronson just said that the boy-super is a major failure. I mean, the left already hates Bronson, so he has nothing to lose. Conservatives (even us outside Anchorage) see right through Anchorage’s leftist school board which is (except for a few individuals) completely woke-driven. Bronson can’t fire him, but he can sure blast him.

    • Chuck Anziulewicz says:

      What exactly do you mean by “woke?” The way this word gets thrown around these days, without any kind of context, it seems like it’s become little more than a rhetorical crutch, and at most a vague reference to your own political grievances.

  • Clark says:

    Ben Carson is a degenerate shill of a politician. He doesn’t need to be anywhere near our children. Any credit he earned as a legitimate medical scientist he long ago discarded when he sold out to right wing extremism. He also believes a lot of whackadoo conspiracy theories. He’s homophobic and thinks things like prison turns people gay, and he thinks trans people being able to use the proper bathroom is somehow an extra right.

    • Same old playbook says:

      Clark, you speak like a brainwashed leftist.
      Do you have any real words in that vocabulary of yours, or only the ones the MSM assigned to you?

    • Balance says:

      Clark, Every single person has the right to have their own beliefs, morals and values. The ASD Superintendent blocked an inspirational person from speaking because he has different values. The cancel cultists really need to stop. Children deserve to have a balance of all beliefs to grow into healthy adults. Carson wasn’t going to speak about right wing, conspiracy theories, homophobia, gays, trans OR bathrooms. Hearing about HOPE, goals and achieving dreams is a HUGE asset to these kids who don’t get much of that from society. Maybe you’ll pop your narrow bubble someday and realize how healthy having balance for children can be. One sided beliefs are dangerous. Kids deserve to grow up and make their own decisions, which is clearly something the ASD Superintendent is trying to block and that puts him in a category that is seriously concerning as it shows he and his minions have a “very unhealthy” agenda for ASD students. Parents should be concerned.

    • Anon says:

      Well Clark
      Dr Carson is spot on in my opinion .
      You are quick to name call, but that is your style

  • M says:

    Will he be visiting Mat Su Central at all? Many students and families would be interested in attending if so!

  • Ruth Ewig says:

    We do not mind calling him everything the liberal radical left calls us. They are Marxists and will not deviate from their course. Although appparently Hispanic which I am, I would call him a racist, fascist ecclesiophobic, dictator who considers himself not accountable to anyone. He is wicked and is fighting against conservatives and Christians and implies that he has lots of power. Perhaps he does but this should not limit the power of the mayor and the press to expose him for whom he is, another Marxist who has no interest in Anchorage or Alaska…
    Mayor Bronson needs to stand up to the liberal radical Marxists like him. His bio reflects his participation in the NEA which is considered to be the Communist party of America.. Shame on the school board who hired him.

  • Proud Alaskan says:

    Like I said earlier Jharrett Bryantt is unqualified for this job. Where’s that mentor (an experienced and trusted adviser) they had to hire. Because he was not qualified for this job.
    He’s a Loser, a woke yes boy. His excuse is so lame, just that should get him fired.

  • HomeschoolersToldYou says:

    sounds like racism to me.

  • DaveMaxwell says:

    Mayor Bronson is a gentleman. A gentle MAN! Who cares enough to let his voice be heard! The contrast is sickening to see in the governor’s office! Jharrett and dunleavy are playing together checking out the curious concepts in the gender queer book! What else is the gov doing? Too busy to say anything?

    • Shelia says:

      The Governor is holding a press conference with Dr. Carson at Iditarod Elementary at 11am Monday. This was made known right away. The press advisory went out Sunday.

      • DaveMaxwell says:

        Shelia you seem to be supportive and connected to this tall closet governor. What is he going to say? “Sorry Ben, I may in fact be the governor of this great state of Alaska but I don’t lead anyone or anything, I’m practically useless! In fact I don’t even acknowledge when my administration arrest and forcefully injects psychotropic drugs into the body of the principal of the year in the matsu!” You see Ben the people of this great state voted for me to simply occupy the mansion.” Oh and by the way Ben thank you for coming to our great state and please Ben wear this Covid Mask while your here, we don’t want our kids to be influenced or infected by you while your here”.

      • Shelia says:

        No reply to Dave’s reply to me was available, so I will just suggest that he read the press. Dunleavy accompanied Dr. Carson around to the schools after the press conference. I understand that you don’t like him, but give due when earned. And for you to have paired him with jharret was not only unjust, but quite in error. As far as what happened in the Comintern, I can agree that if it isn’t changed soon, it might further make Alaska into another California, a disaster of overwhelming proportions. All Alaskans can do is keep fighting and back officials when they are fighting for us.

  • ASD is Racist says:

    ASD is racist. No further proof required.

    • DaveMaxwell says:

      Sorry Shelia, dunleavy is dangerous to our state and I suggest you consider reading the previous article by Joel about dunleavy calling trans surgery pseudoscience but his very own administration still pays for it! NEWS ALERT SHELIA, money from your tax dollars!

  • Michael J Thurber says:

    These liberal racist take power because we let them. They forget they work for the public. Or at least the taxpayers. When enough people leave Anchorage, and the money dries up then they shall see. But keep in mind the liberals do not see themselves as racist if it’s against a Republican. sadly only Republicans fear being called racist.

  • CD says:

    I wrote to the Superintendent to express my disappointment. Thanks for the contact, AK Watchman.

  • Friend of Humanity says:

    Off topic: The evil are going to make us mask up again. Watch this video-stand up and say no!

  • Roddy Smith says:

    How sad that he cancelled a man who is a victor not a victim! This is a sad indication of how he will not lead well!