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Editor’s note: The following testimony was delivered on May 6 to the Mat-Su Borough School Board during its deliberation on whether to rescind its April 22 vote to remove five controversial books from a list of recommended reading for an elective high school literature class. It is reprinted with permission. Hello. My name is Carol Carman and I live in Mat-Su Borough, District 6. I am a retired Alaskan teacher, parent, grandparent and 66-year Alaskan...

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Editor’s note: The following testimony was delivered on May 6 to the Mat-Su Borough School Board during its deliberation on whether to rescind its April 22 vote to remove five controversial books from a list of recommended reading for an elective high school literature class. It is reprinted with permission. Hello. My name is Carol Carman and I live in Mat-Su Borough, District 6. I am a retired Alaskan teacher, parent, grandparent and 66-year Alaskan...

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After three hours of call-in public testimony, including name-calling, half-truths and some thoughtful insights, the Mat-Su Borough School Board gaveled out of its May 6 meeting at 10 p.m. National interest in the meeting arose based on a false report that the school board had “banned” five modern American classics from an elective high school English class at its April 22 meeting. In reality the board merely pulled the titles from the class’ “recommended” reading...

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Alaska’s second largest school district is about to announce the top finalists in its search for a new superintendent who will oversee 46 schools and the education of 19,000 students. The Mat-Su School Board hopes to announce their leading two or three candidates later this week. “Because they are in charge of overall operations for the district, they are pivotal,” School Board President Thomas Bergey said on May 5. “Who they place under them directly...

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There’s nothing like national media coverage over a local controversy to liven up a school board meeting in Alaska. In the wake of the Mat-Su Borough School Board’s April 22 decision to pull five controversial books from the list of recommended reading in an elective high school English class, board president Thomas Bergey expects robust and passionate public comment at the May 6 meeting. “I’m hoping for a lot of public testimony – the good,...

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Much has been said about Alaskan student test scores lately. We now hold the honor of being dead last in literacy rates. That’s right, Alaska holds the red lantern of literacy as measured in the 4th and 8th grade. It’s time to have an honest conversation about education. Many people I know are teachers, whose pay and benefits have not kept up with the rest of the country and whose class sizes are 50% larger...

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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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Alaska’s high school graduates will be allowed to participate in small, heavily sanitized in-person graduation ceremonies under new COVID-19 health guidelines released from the state. An April 23 notice from the state’s Education Commissioner Michael Johnson lays out specific requirements for school district superintendents across Alaska. This includes virtual events and in-person ceremonies which could include drive-in or walk-through graduations. GUIDELINES FOR ALL EVENTS Groups of less than 20 people may meet with individuals maintaining...

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In response to COVID-19, Alaska took the unprecedented step of closing schools from mid-March until the end of the school year. Schools both in Alaska and around the nation are already discussing delayed starts for the coming school year, leaving many parents unable to plan, worried and wondering whether their child will receive the educational certainty every parent hopes for. My name is Daryl Bowers and I am the director of the IDEA Homeschool program....