The Anchorage School Board voted 3-4 Tuesday to reject a proposed requirement for district schools to play the songs. Board member Dave Donley proposed the policy, saying regularly playing “The Star-Spangled Banner” and “Alaska’s Flag” would have built unity and instilled more patriotism in students.
While the city of Kodiak has relatively reliable alternatives for transportation to mainland Alaska, an upcoming gap in ferry service will pose serious difficulties for the some of the island’s outlying villages.
Alaska’s coastal residents have long warned of dire effects if lawmakers sharply reduce ferry budgets. Now, absent an adjustment to the ferry schedule by Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s administration, those warnings could become reality.