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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 Alaska Watchman is keeping a close eye on the Alaska Legislature this session in order to alert Alaskans of measures that impact parental rights, sex education, abortion, religious liberty, human sexuality, education, marriage and family law, pornography and other social issues. Our goal is to keep Alaskans informed of committee hearings and opportunities to publicly testify on critical legislation that could shape the cultural and social life of Alaskans. Below is a brief summary...

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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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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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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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Despite a 10.34% growth in overall population from 2009 to 2018, the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District has seen a nearly 4% decline in student enrollment over that period. Looking back 20 years the decrease is even more drastic. According to a report last month from the school district, overall enrollment fell from a high of 10,384 in 1998 to just 8,895 in 2018, a drop of 14.3%. School enrollment was 21.5% of the overall...

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The University of Alaska Southeast (UAS) was named the top LGBTQ-friendly college for Alaska by the Campus Pride Index. In partnership with Campus Pride, BestColleges.com released its rankings earlier this year to help students of various sexual and gender identities find institutions that back the LGBTQ political and cultural agendas. According to a press release, the ranking is based on several criteria, including housing and residential life resources, “like roommate matching so students can find...

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