New Governor Favors Home Schooling
Alaska home schoolers rejoiced November 6th to see Walter Hickel elected to the Governor's office and his running mate, Jack Coghill, elected to be Lieutenant Governor. Both candidates went on record in support of home schooling. Mr. Hickel wrote to Alaska home schoolers, stating his belief that government should leave parents alone to pursue excellence in their children's education. “The role of government is to defend parents’ right to choose what they believe to be the best path for their children, rather than to add hardships to an already demanding task,” he said.
Hickel's letter was read publicly at the state home school convention in Anchorage. It received resounding applause. Jack Phelps, president of Alaska Private & Home Educators Association, reports that home schoolers put in many volunteer hours campaigning for the Hickel/Coghill ticket. Home schoolers cast their votes, and Hickel and Coghill won. Teaching parents are giving thanks now for men in the executive branch who think right and owe no favors to the National Educators Association.
One of the first tasks Governor Hickel completed was to dismiss the entire State Board of Education. Three weeks later he appointed seven new board members, one of whom is Jack Phelps. This new board will be selecting the new State Commissioner of Education and considering the possibility of promoting a voucher system for private education. Since all appointments have to be confirmed by the legislature, pray for God's perfect will to be accomplished in Alaska.