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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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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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Governor Mike Dunleavy is highlighting the opportunities Alaskans have to send their children to private, public, charter, religious or home-schools. In observance of National School Choice Week the governor issued a proclamation in support of educational options across the state. “All children in Alaska should have access to the highest-quality education possible,” Dunleavy said in his Jan. 26 proclamation. “We must exercise creativity in providing a multitude of excellent educational options for parents to choose...

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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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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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Students in an exclusive Eagle River school learn coding and robotics in science, study American Sign Language and Latin in language arts, and master aerial acrobatics and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in physical education. This publicly funded school boasts a four-to-one student-teacher ratio. At another location in Fairbanks, students dissect sheep hearts in biology, learn vocational skills in auto mechanics and explore special interests in robotics and engineering while earning college credits as high schoolers. “We didn’t...

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A new generation of culturally and politically minded young Alaskans are preparing to bring a Christian worldview to the pressing issues of their day. For the past 15 years TeenPact has gathered Alaskan youth to strengthen their bond with Christ while training them to understand politics, value their liberty, defend the Christian faith and engage society. “As believers we have not been engaged as we should and that’s why the culture is going the way...

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The following news briefs are provided to alert Alaskans of upcoming opportunities to make a pro-life and pro-family impact in Alaska.   HOW TO PRESENT PRO-LIFE IDEAS TO A SECULAR WORLD After spending 25 years serving in a former Soviet gulag town, Father Michael Shields will bring a unique pro-life perspective to an upcoming event in Anchorage. Shields spent decades working with Russian women who suffered after choosing abortion. His presentation will provide a step-by-step...

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Governor Mike Dunleavy is highlighting the choice that Alaskans have to send their children to private, public, charter, religious or home-schools. In observance of National School Choice Week the governor issued a proclamation in support of educational options across the state. “All children in Alaska should have access to the highest-quality education possible,” Dunleavy said in his Jan. 20 proclamation. “Alaska’s geographic challenges demand that, as a state, we exercise creativity in providing a multitude...

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