A controversial bill to ban Planned Parenthood from teaching sex education in schools, Senate Bill 89, died in the House this week, but part of the legislation was resurrected in the Senate.


The bill’s sponsor and chair of the education committee, Sen. Mike Dunleavy, R-Wasilla, passed an amendment to a larger bill on school accountability, House Bill 156, adding language requiring only certified teachers impart sex ed curriculum in schools. Aside from nonprofits, the amendment to the bill means nurses would also be banned from providing the education.


Dunleavy said his goal is to keep outside entities from teaching unapproved curriculum in the classroom — drawing a controversial comparison between Planned Parenthood and the Ku Klux Klan.


“The KKK can come into our schools, using this line of thinking, and teach our kids about race relations. Would people have an issue with that?” said Dunleavy.


When asked to clarify whether he was comparing the two organizations, Dunleavy replied, “As an outside group that has a world view.”


Minority Leader Sen. Berta Gardner called Dunleavy’s amendment a “backdoor effort” which she describes as bad policy for Alaska.


“He’ll keep pushing his agenda, even though the other body has rejected it,” said Gardner, who says HB 156 now requires a title change requires the vote of two-thirds of both bodies. “And if he couldn’t get his bill through on the 50 percent, plus one, he probably won’t get it on two-thirds,” said Gardner.


The bill has been sent to the Senate Finance Committee for further vetting. The legislative session is scheduled to end on Sunday.