With just a few days before early voting begins for Mat-Su Borough school board and assembly races, the Mat-Su Education Association (MSEA) is interjecting itself into the mix by urging union members to publicly chastise sitting school board members and Superintendent Randy Trani with a vote of “no confidence.” The union ballot is being circulated this week.
The timing of the no confidence vote could sway how union members vote in two key school board contests, where leftist union-favored candidates (Dianne Shibe and Sydney Zuyus) are attempting to oust principled conservative incumbents (Ole Larson and Kathy McCollum).
Widely considered one of the most conservative school boards in Alaska, Mat-Su board members have drawn fierce opposition from radical progressive teachers, librarians and activists associated with Planned Parenthood and the ACLU, who oppose the board’s work to strengthen parental rights and remove activist-driven content from local schools.
According to the MSEA’s “no confidence” ballot, union heads are upset by the school board’s recent actions to remove sexualized books from schools and libraries, restrict the ability of school counselors to talk to kids about sexuality and identity without involving parents.
MSEA bosses are also displeased by the board’s decision to limit the role of the board’s student advisory representative, and claims the board has displayed a “lack of transparency.” That last allegation happens to be the number one campaign talking point for both Shibe and Zuyus, both of whom refuse to answer questions about where they stand on parental rights, sexualized library books and transgender sports controversies.
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In authorizing a no confidence vote, the MSEA Executive Board asserts that the conservative school board and Superintendent Trani “have pursued an agenda that is antithetical to supporting students.”
“These actions have left stakeholders feeling disrespected, demeaned and distrustful,” the ballot claims, before asking two “yes, no” questions:
— “Do you currently have confidence that MSBSD School Board’s decisions and direction are driven by the needs and best interests of ALL students?”
— “Do you currently have confidence that Superintendent Dr. Randy Trani’s decisions and direction are driven by the needs and best interests of ALL students?”
— Mat-Su voters will vote on school board and borough assembly candidates during the Nov. 7 elections. Early voting begins Oct. 23. For more information about voting locations, balloting options and registration, click here.