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Earlier this month the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District published the final draft of its new policies on transgender students. It was going to be presented officially on March 17, but with the COVID-19 panic the meeting was canceled. It remains to be seen when it will be presented and approved by the board. As I will show below, it reaches a new low for the Fairbanks School District, which says a lot since...

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Gov. Mike Dunleavy issued his eighth health mandate for the State of Alaska, closing all private, religious and public schools until May 1 in an effort to limit the spread of coronavirus. “Given the increasing concern for new cases of COVID-19 around Alaska, the purpose of this mandate is to limit all close contacts (people outside of a family unit) to be farther than six feet from each other to prevent the spread of the...

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Alaska’s most notorious abortion business is looking to hire a youth group leader to recruit Anchorage teens for ideologically driven programs that advocate for gender fluidity, expansion of abortion access, explicit sex education in schools and contraception for minors without parental knowledge. Planned Parenthood is seeking a community outreach educator to lead its Anchorage-based Teen Council – a group that teaches children how to disseminate the abortion business’ message to fellow youth in schools and...

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The Fairbanks North Star Borough School Board has cancelled its meeting for tonight, March 17. The board had originally planned to hear a presentation from district employees who support a controversial plan to include LGBT materials and courses in classes next year. Community members had initially been advised to stay away from the physical meeting and simply testify via email. Despite months of community feedback and public testimony, the Fairbanks Curriculum Advisory Committee voted March...

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There could not be greater contrasts among the candidates running for Anchorage Assembly and Anchorage School Board seats, especially with regards to pro-life, parental rights and religious liberty issues. Between March 17 and April 7, Anchorage residents will cast mail-in ballots. Alaska Family Action, a pro-family advocacy group, has released its voter guide for these contests, detailing candidates’ stances on key social issues. ASSEMBLY CANDIDATES Anchorage Assembly candidates were asked if they agree with the...

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The Fairbanks North Star School District will hold its previously scheduled meeting which includes a presentation on the school district’s plan to weave controversial LGBTQ books, materials and themes into high school courses. While the board and district employees who support the plan will attend the meeting in person, members of the public who want to testify are being encouraged – but not required – to stay home and send comments via email due to...

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The Fairbanks North Star School District is undaunted in its effort to weave LGBTQ books, materials and themes into high school courses. Despite months of community feedback and public testimony, the Fairbanks Curriculum Advisory Committee voted March 5 to approve the third draft of a new high school social studies curriculum that exposes 10th and 11th grade students to classes pushing LGBTQ political and social agendas. Final adoption, however, must come from the school board....

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The start of the 48th Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race gives families a chance to bond while introducing the next generation of Alaskans to the determination, drive and inspiring grit of some of the state’s mushing heroes and legends – including dogs like Balto and Togo. This dynamic duo helped brave men bring the diphtheria serum to Nome in 1925 to save the lives of sick residents. Unlike a history class or a trip to...

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House Bill 193, which alters Alaska’s state song by adding a second verse suggesting there are “bars among our cultures,” while pledging allegiance to “Nature’s” flag sailed through the House Community & Regional Affairs Committee with little fanfare on March 3. Rep. Andi Story, D-Juneau is the bill’s sponsor. She testified that the changes better honor “the first people in Alaska,” but noted that the bill does not require the singing of the additional verse....

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School-age children now account for just 18% of Alaskans, down from a peak of 29.2% in 1970. The population of 5 to 17-year-olds has dropped drastically since 2000 after 50 years of strong growth. The March issue of Trends, published by the State of Alaska, cites lower birth rates, smaller generations, and negative net migration for the loss of children. From 1950 to 2000, children grew by more than 500%, Trends notes, as the state...

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