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Battle hardened educational bureaucrats finally pushed aside Fairbanks parents and concerned community members to force through a curriculum that weaves leftist ideology, multiculturalism and the LGBTQ agenda into area classrooms. In the end, the deck was always stacked against the conservative leaning Alaska town. A clear majority of Fairbanks School Board members partnered with left-leaning district leadership and a small army of insider curriculum writers. This trio zealously locked arms to further dismantle traditional education...

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Parental rights advocates are concerned about an upcoming Harvard summit in June that includes nationally known figures who want homeschooling banned and/or heavily regulated by the state. One of the speakers is Dr. Barbara Knox, the new medical director of Alaska CARES, an Anchorage clinic that helps coordinate investigations of suspected child abuse. Run by Providence, the clinic sees about 1,000 children annually. The aim is to form a political strategy to undermine parental rights...

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With COVID-19 shutting down all traditional public schools in Alaska, tens of thousands of parents have been thrust, almost overnight, into the role of home educators. According to leaders from some of the top state-run homeschool programs, many of these parents are pondering a permanent change. “We’ve seen some people who after a couple of weeks of doing this are like, ‘You know what, we could actually handle this. We never thought we could but...

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Alaska offers 30 public-homeschool programs for students across the state. These options provide parents with a roughly $2,000 educational allotment for each enrolled child. The money can be used to pay for books, materials, tutors and other educational activities. Parents have freedom to choose or design curriculum that suits their educational philosophy and goals, including the option to have faith-based classes. Religious materials, however, cannot be purchased with state funds. Homeschool parents are typically assigned...

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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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Anchorage Assembly Member Christopher Constant is waiting until the election results are in the bag before introducing a ban on counseling for people who wish to overcome unwanted same-sex attraction. Constant, who is openly gay and running unopposed for his current seat on the Assembly, is being strategic about revealing his scheme out of concern it may hurt the reelection of fellow LGBT activists on the Assembly, according to a report last month by NewNowNext,...

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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 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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More than 100 people signed up to testify on a bill that would amend Alaska’s Constitution to clarify that nothing in the Constitution can be interpreted as granting a right to abortion or public funding of abortion. The law would not ban abortions outright, but rather clarify that judges cannot construe the law so as to find a right to abortion where there is none. The Feb. 26 hearing in the Senate Health & Social...

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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...