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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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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 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 Fairbanks North Star Borough School District wants to add “gender expression” to its list of classifications that are protected from “harassment.” On March 3, the school board will be presented with initial information on whether it should prohibit harassment in the form of “any verbal, nonverbal, written, or physical conduct, or electronic communication” related to “gender expression,” which refers to a person’s “behavior, mannerisms, interests, and appearance that are associated with gender in a...

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An Alaska think tank just released a policy brief showing that while education spending in the state has skyrocketed, academic achievement has plummeted. The Alaska Policy Forum (AFP) released its study on Feb. 13. Authored by David Boyle, APF’s senior education fellow, the report notes that education advocacy groups have been extremely successfully in securing increased money for Alaska’s kindergarten through 12th grade system. Educational unions, advocacy groups and school districts have spent little time...

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In late 2019 Alaskans learned that, despite spending more than 1.6 billion dollars every year on education, our elementary and high school students ranked at the bottom in terms of national test scores, with only 39% proficient in reading and 36% proficient in math. In fourth grade reading, a key benchmark, Alaska ranked dead last among all 50 states. This is a remarkable state of affairs considering Alaska ranks in the top five states for...

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The Fairbanks North Star Borough School District will meet again tonight, Feb. 4, at 6 p.m. During the last meeting, Jan. 21, the board listened to nearly two hours of public testimony regarding the school district’s plan to introduce LGBTQ curriculum into high school English and social studies classes. Public comment on the proposal consisted on seven testimonies against adding curriculum that promotes LGBTQ sexuality to teens, and 18 comments supporting new additions. Of the...

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In 1978, the Pupil Rights Amendment (PPRA), otherwise known as the Hatch Amendment was passed after parents were shocked and outraged to learn that trusted teachers were using the classroom for therapy instead of education. Teachers pried into the private lives of students and their family by asking sensitive information about political, religious and personal beliefs. Little did parents realize that teachers would overstep their bounds once again by asking questions of a sexual nature...

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