Protecting Your Rights: Serving Sand Lake, Spenard, and Turnagain
January 19, 2017
Dear Friends and Neighbors,
This week, legislators are back in Juneau for the regular session. We’ll be working on a variety of important issues, and the state’s budget remains our highest priority. With many challenges facing our state, we need a responsible action plan for Alaska.
Tools To Stay Informed During Session
This legislative session will be busy as we work to address issues, including the state’s ongoing financial challenges. We will strive to keep you informed as we move forward. For weekly updates on legislation and constituent issues, you can check out past E-newsletters on my website. Below are some additional resources for staying up-to-date and engaged.
Address: 1500 W. Benson Blvd. Anchorage, AK 99503
Thank You for Attending our Pre-Session Constituent Meeting
Thank you to all who took the time to share your thoughts at our recent Pre-Session Constituent Meeting at the Spenard Recreation Center. I always appreciate receiving feedback from my friends and neighbors, and look forward to hearing more from you as the session progresses.
Rep. Claman listens to constituents at the Spenard Recreation Center
Sexual and Other Workplace Harassment Policy Subcommittee
All employees have the right to a safe workplace and should not be subject to harassment—either from quid pro quo situations or in the form of hostile work environments. The rules that apply to the private work place also apply to the public workplace, including the legislature. This week, responding to public concerns about sexual harassment in the Capital, both the House and Senate participated in mandatory sexual harassment training provided by the Alaska State Commission on Human Rights and the legislature’s non-partisan Human Resources Manager. The training is mandatory for all members of the House and Senate and their staff. Sexual harassment training is common in work places throughout Alaska, and I was surprised that the legislature had not required this training in the past.
In November, I was appointed to the subcommittee tasked with reviewing and recommending updates to the harassment policies for the Alaska State Legislature. In our meetings in December, the subcommittee of three Representatives and three Senators agreed that we can improve the legislature’s current procedure for making a sexual harassment complaint. We looked at policies and procedures from other states, and asked the Human Resources Manager to draft a policy and procedure similar to the State of Oregon’s. The procedure should incorporate every person’s right to privacy and to have their complaint heard by a neutral party. I look forward to working with my colleagues in the House and Senate on an updated policy and procedure for holding all legislators and legislative staff accountable for discriminatory behavior. I am optimistic that we will be able to adopt improvements to the legislature’s workplace policy early this session.
BP Teachers of Excellence
Once again, BP will honor a select group of teachers from across Alaska for their exceptional performance in the classroom, dedication to students and contribution to the state’s future. You can participate by nominating an exceptional teacher or an education ally for their contributions to Alaska’s students.
(Photo Credit: BP Alaska)
About the Program
The Alaska BP Teachers of Excellence program strives to recognize teachers from throughout Alaska for their dedication to teaching and inspiring students. The program seeks those whose exemplary work provides a model for teaching, learning, and leading in their schools and communities. Now, additional unsung heroes can also be recognized with the Educational Allies Award – honoring anyone from a principal, school nurse, volunteer, teacher’s assistant, or others who are shaping Alaska’s next generation.
Since the program launched in 1995, hundreds of remarkable teachers have been recognized by their peers, students, parents, and community members as BP Teachers of Excellence.
November 20: Nominations accepted.
February 1: Nomination period closes.
March 30: Winner notification.
Who Can Be Nominated?
Teachers: Nominations can be received for Alaska teachers from every community in the state. Teachers will be recognized in five regions: Anchorage, Fairbanks, Mat-Su Valley, Kenai Peninsula, and outlying areas (everywhere else).
Educational Allies: You can nominate other individuals making a difference in your school for the Educational Allies Award, such as a principal, school nurse, custodian, teacher assistant, tutor, parent volunteer, or others.
How to Nominate
The Alaska BP Teachers of Excellence program is currently accepting nominations for the 2018 BP Teachers of Excellence. Click here to nominate a teacher. Nominations for the Educational Allies Award are also open. Click here to nominate an ally.
How Will I Know Who Wins?
Winners will be notified by March 30, 2018. If you nominated a winning teacher or educational ally, you will be sent an invitation to attend the award ceremony. The list of winners will be announced on the website in May.
Still Have More Questions?
Mark your calendar for these upcoming events:
Women’s March on Anchorage
The second annual Women’s March on Anchorage is focused on engaging and empowering all people to support women's rights, human rights, social and environmental justice, and to encourage participation in 2018 midterm elections. The march will begin at 11AM downtown on the Delaney Parkstrip and will then proceed to Williwaw where it will be followed with a rally.
When: Saturday, January 20th from 11:00am – 2:00pm
Where: Starts at Delaney Park Strip (the corner of 9th and I) and ends at Williwaw, 609 F Street, Anchorage AK 99501
As always, please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.