By David Boyle
The Alaska Legislature in 2016 passed House Bill 156, a law empowering parents to direct their children’s education. Former Representative Wes Keller sponsored the bill, which was passed by Senator Mike Dunleavy in the Senate.
The law project required schools to notify parents at least two weeks before involving children in any activity, class or program that includes content relating to human reproduction or sexual issues.
As woke culture has begun to seep into education, there are more topics that parents are entitled to know about based on this bill.
Not only do you have to be told two weeks before your child attends sex ed class, but this law would also apply to any classroom discussions about gender identity, sexual orientation, or the different pronouns used. to describe themselves.
School boards must also allow parents to review the content of an activity, class, performance standard or program and have the ability to remove their child from the course if they wish.
Schools must provide curricula for parental review. This is to better inform you about what is being taught to your child.
Additionally, parents can remove their child from any activity, class or program. For example, if a parent objects to their child being indoctrinated from a socialist perspective in a social studies class, they can remove their student from that part of the class.
There is a limit: Parents must object any time they wish to prevent their child from accessing an activity, class, program, or assessment/test based on state-required standards.
School boards are required to implement these policies in their districts. Parents may wish to ask their school board to determine if these policies have been put in place. If so, have these policies been communicated to all parents? Do these policies cover all the latest issues being discussed that involve sexual activity?
Often bureaucracies will respect the letter of the law but not the spirit of the law. In this case, school districts can implement policies to uphold the law while keeping their true agendas hidden from the public.
The intention of this law is to help parents participate in their child’s education and to oblige schools to inform parents of their rights to participate in their child’s education.
Over time, many parents and schools themselves have forgotten about parental rights in education. You now know how you can exercise your parental rights and responsibilities for the development and education of your child.
David Boye is the former executive director of the Alaska Policy Forum and is the author of Must Read Alaska on Education.