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The big issue in Fairbanks this week was the pornographic LGBT curriculum the Fairbanks North Star School District’s curriculum committee is trying to add to literature classes. A lot of concerned citizens showed up for the Jan. 21 School Board meeting to testify. The room was standing room only with people out the door. They then found out that the school board only allows one hour of testimony, so most didn’t get to speak, and...

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A storm is brewing in Fairbanks as residents mobilize to oppose the Fairbanks North Star School District’s plan to introduce radical LGBTQ sexual themes into classroom courses. On Jan. 21 a group of concerned parents and community members plan to attend the school board meeting to express their concerns. They hope to encourage others to join. In the process of updating its literature and social studies classes, the district is attempting to add classes that...

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In the face of community resistance, the Fairbanks North Star School district remains undeterred in its push to introduce controversial LGBTQ curriculum into classrooms. A group working on the plan met Jan. 9 in Fairbanks to discuss a second draft of proposed curriculum that would expose youth to sexual themes in English and social studies classes. The school district’s executive director of teaching and learning, began the Jan. 9 meeting with a warning that it...

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Last month the superintendents of seven Alaska school districts sent Governor Mike Dunleavy, a former teacher himself, a letter declaring that “Alaska’s students are presently in a reading achievement crisis.” Reading scores are low compared to national scores, and not improving. The Anchorage School District, in its 2019 report to the community last month, revealed that only 42% of students in grades three through nine had achieved proficient or advanced scores in language arts. Previous...

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Planned Parenthood, Alaska’s largest provider of abortions, held a strategic planning session on Jan. 7 in Anchorage. The event took place at Writer’s Block Café where a “We Support Planned Parenthood” sign stood in the window. About 30 people came, including Anchorage Rep. Andy Josephson, Anchorage School Board candidate James Smallwood and Alaska House candidate Janice Park who is running for Anchorage seat 25. Also on hand were several Alaska Watchman allies. Here’s what they...

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Calling anything “political” is now akin to an outright insult. Even politicians shy away from the “political” label these days. The word, however, simply means “pertaining to public affairs.” Anything dealing with people is political. Pretending you’re not political is pretending you have no influence on public affairs. Most people who claim they aren’t political simply mean they avoid divisiveness – they don’t readily voice opinions about public policies, or they look to befriend all...

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Jan. 9 is the next meeting for a group of Fairbanks educators working on a curriculum update that includes books and material that expose students to controversial LGBT sexual ideologies. The Curriculum Advisory Committee for the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District has already received community pushback for its first draft, which included LGBTQ material in high school social studies and English classes. A revised second draft could be ready for comment by Jan. 9....

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With scores of religious schools scattered across Alaska, Catholics, Protestants, Evangelicals and others could be impacted by a religious freedom case headed to the U.S. Supreme Court. On Wednesday the high court agreed to consider whether the government can control who a church school chooses to teach its religion classes. In Our Lady of Guadalupe School v. Morrissey-Berru and in St. James Catholic School v. Biel, the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty is defending two California Catholic...

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Benjamin Franklin, wrote that “Freedom of speech is a principal pillar of a free government: When this support is taken away, the constitution of a free society is dissolved.” Last night, I had the pleasure of watching “No Safe Spaces,” a wonderfully enlightening and chilling documentary by comedian and podcast king Adam Carolla and radio talk show host Dennis Prager. It’s a movie that opens your eyes about how our voices are being shut. And it...

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“Choose to include” is the mission of four Alaska schools receiving national recognition for their efforts to provide inclusive activities that team students with and without disabilities together for competition. Chugiak High School will receive a National Banner Presentation from Special Olympics on Dec. 13 for meeting standards of excellence in the areas of inclusion, advocacy and respect for those with mental disabilities. “Chugiak High School is an example of youth with and without intellectual...

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