A bill that puts local school boards in charge sex education will become a law, after Gov. Bill Walker decided against vetoing it Thursday. House Bill 156 requires that school boards approve any sex education curriculum, as well as any teachers who aren’t employed under a contract with schools.
The bill also allows parents to opt their children out of any lesson. It also gives parents the right to review sex education curriculum and teachers’ credentials. And it bars the state from requiring school districts to administer standardized tests for two years, unless the federal government threatens to withhold money.
Walker said in a prepared statement that his decision was a close call.
- But the senator is worried about where the money will be diverted from. “I would have concerns, particularly if it’s coming out of Alaska military construction, which is not only important for our state,” Sullivan says. “It’s really important for the national security of our country.”
- The Alaska Marine Highway System has stopped selling tickets past September. That's in anticipation to deep cuts that could be fatal to the state ferry network.
- In a major development, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers released the draft environmental impact statement for the proposed Pebble Mine on Wednesday.
- Three people were seriously hurt and four vehicles demolished in a five-car wrong-way crash on the highway between downtown Juneau and the Mendenhall Valley.