School Board committee continues to fine tune controversial course

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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) The Fairbanks North Star Borough School District continues to fine tune its curriculum for the next school year.

On Thursday evening, the Curriculum Advisory Committee met to discuss changes to textbooks, learning standards and electives to be offered in the Borough, including a controversial LGBTQ course which has proven to be a point of contention among members of the community.

Melanie Hadaway, a member of the CAC, said the committee hoped to provide more diversity of choice to students by adding the class in question. “What are the options we are giving students,” Hadaway said.

At regular School Board meetings held on January 21 and February 4, borough residents spoke both in support of and against the new course.
Using feedback from the community, the committee has made several changes to the LGBTQ class since it was first proposed. The class has been combined with an array of others to create a holistic course titled Social Themes in Literature. In addition, the committee has removed items deemed inappropriate from the course’s reading list.

Hadaway said, “It is unfortunate that folks took the first draft as being a recommendation.” She said that creating a curriculum is a process.
The CAC hopes to have the third draft of the proposed curriculum available to the public by next Wednesday.

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