Letters to the Editor

Letter: Do school boards listen?

I’m curious and wonder if school boards listen to students or teachers at all. As a primary educator, I taught many Alaska children how to read. Teachers also teach writing while the students’ reading skills are emerging. We teach students to think as they learn to read and express their own voice in writing, building their foundation of critical thinking skills. I feel sad that the Mat-Su School Board is not allowing its student representative to think, articulate their voice, and vote. The elected student representative was chosen by peers, with the expectation that this person would be able to meaningfully participate. When you take away the right to vote, you undermine the foundation of Alaska’s future. What are you teaching us, Mat-Su School Board?

— Patty Faulkner Hamre


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