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Alaska NEA votes to oppose arming teachers


The NEA-Alaska Board of Directors passed a resolution Tuesday opposing efforts to arm public school teachers.

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The vote endorsed a resolution on school safety that focused on funding, the reduction of class sizes to allow more interaction between teachers and students, more counselors, psychologists, social workers, nurses, paraprofessionals, and support personnel to help address students in crisis, and greater academic and extracurricular activities for students.

The board resolution also said more funding is needed to “provide the necessary personnel, equipment, facility improvements, and training to ensure student safety.”

It also supports greater restrictions and regulations in regards to the sale and possession of “automatic and semiautomatic assault or military grade weapons, and high capacity magazines.”

“Be it further resolved that NEA-Alaska strongly opposes efforts to arm public school” the resolution ends.

And yes, the resolution simply ends in an incomplete sentence, with no grammatical object.

The Parkland, Florida school shooting took place in a high school with a student-teacher ratio of 23 to 1. Florida spends $8,880 per student.

Alaska’s student teacher ratio is 16.6 to 1 and funding for education funding exceeds $20,000 per pupil.


While the NEA is not supporting teachers with sidearms, at least one teacher in the Anchorage Public School district has a side gig teaching civil disobedience and how to get arrested.

A notice from “The Poor Peoples Campaign and Moral Movement” says Anchorage is going to be hit with a nonviolence protest on May 13, and is looking for volunteers who will “Be an assistant to persons being arrested,” and “POSSIBLY Being arrested (NOT REQUIRED) and not all actions will have arrests.”

Soren Wuerth, who teaches at Dimond High School, will be teaching the segment and help people prepare to run protests, assist with social media campaigns, be a protestor at least one “action” per week.

Wuerth, who describes himself as an educator, activist, and writer, was among the teachers who marched with students during the “March for Our Lives” student walkout in March.

The notice that was sent about the civil disobedience training that he will teach said that Jennifer Flynn Walker a trainer from Center for Popular Democracy -Director of Mobilization and Advocacy for CPD will also be a trainer and that actions they plan include congressional and senatorial offices.

Will Wuerth be advising his students to participate? Those interested in applying can fill out the application here:

The notification about this training includes this disclaimer, indicating they won’t be accepted just anyone:

“You will be notified when we get your application.
And notified again when you are accepted.
We will have a few other classes – and if requested willing to travel to other parts of Alaska.
This class will assist you with what a protest is and how to do that job.

Level One protest – NO ARRESTS PLANNED

Level TWO protest – Planning arrests. and going to be working with the police department on the PEACEFUL plan ahead of time.

LEVEL THREE – ARRESTS highly likely. no pre plan w law enforcement.”

[Read: Test scores down in Alaska schools]

Suzanne Downing
Suzanne Downing
Suzanne Downing had careers in business and journalism before serving as the Director of Faith and Community-based Initiatives for Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and returning to Alaska to serve as speechwriter for Gov. Sean Parnell. Born on the Oregon coast, she moved to Alaska in 1969.


  1. Suzanne, you seem to have received a copy of the resolution which had the last word clipped. It should read, “…public school educators.”

  2. One might refer to AS 11.51.130. “Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor.”, a class A misdemeanor, penalties for which are found in Title 12, Code of Criminal Procedure § 12.55.135. “Sentences of imprisonment for misdemeanors”.

  3. A classroom full of $100 bills can not stop an evil person with a gun that wants to kill someone, however one well trained and properly armed good person can. Wake up NEA money is not always the answer to our schools problems, sometimes the answer is just plain ole common sense.

  4. My bet is, regardless of the NEA position, there are probably individual teachers who, if given the opportunity, would carry a concealed firearm in school & accept any necessary training. Especially teachers in rural areas. As a last stand defense preparation I really don’t understand the objections given that you or students are about to be shot and you could have a pistol to defend yourself & your students or not have a pistol. If you fail well you were going to be shot anyway. If you succeed lives could be saved or loss of life limited.

  5. So basically, as expected, they are against everything except “funding”. Funding funding funding……

    Their thirst for more of our money is unending, but they continue to give little return for our dollars, churning out an endless string of functionally illiterate young people.

    And you know we live in bizarro times when people like this Soren Wuerth person are able to keep slurping up our tax dollars, instead of being arrested and incarcerated for contributing to the delinquency of minor children.

  6. We homeschooled our son. It was not easy, but he aced the State HSGQExam and placed in the top 1/10th percentile nationwide on the ACT. We can break the power of the NEA, and restore integrity to our public schools – they just need more competition, not $ and perks.

  7. Scary that this guy is still working at ASD. How is this possible? I wouldn’t want my children in a classroom with this lunatic. However, having seen the illiterates, sociopaths, and druggies that the ASD employs as teachers I’m not surprised this guy still has a job.

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