CSHCR 13(FIN): Establishing and relating to the Education Funding District Cost Factor Commission.

00 CS FOR HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION NO. 13(FIN) 01 Establishing and relating to the Education Funding District Cost Factor Commission. 02 BE IT RESOLVED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF ALASKA: 03 WHEREAS, under art. VII, sec. 1, Constitution of the State of Alaska, a system of 04 public schools is required to be established and maintained; and 05 WHEREAS the cost of providing adequate public education for children living in the 06 state varies significantly among geographic areas of the state; and 07 WHEREAS accurately measuring relative cost differences is integral to equitable 08 funding for education across geographic areas; and 09 WHEREAS the cost differentials have been a recurring policy issue since the current 10 funding formula was adopted in 1998; and 11 WHEREAS the findings of economic analyses conducted in 2002 and 2004 have 12 raised questions and controversy within the Alaska State Legislature; and 13 WHEREAS previous determinations of cost differentials have been static and, 14 consequently, have become outdated; 15 BE IT RESOLVED by the Alaska State Legislature that the Education Funding 16 District Cost Factor Commission is established for the purpose of examining school district

01 cost differentials and creating a valid and durable model that can be updated to accurately 02 reflect the costs of providing education; and be it 03 FURTHER RESOLVED that the commission may enter into contracts for research 04 services, consulting services, or expert advice to assist the commission in creating a valid and 05 durable model; and be it 06 FURTHER RESOLVED that the commission consists of 11 members as follows: 07 (1) five shall be from the senate appointed by the president of the senate; 08 (2) five shall be from the house of representatives appointed by the speaker of 09 the house of representatives; and 10 (3) one shall be appointed by the governor; and be it 11 FURTHER RESOLVED that the president of the senate and the speaker of the house 12 of representatives shall jointly appoint the chair and vice-chair of the commission; and be it 13 FURTHER RESOLVED that a commission member is subject to reappointment or 14 replacement if either the president of the senate or speaker of the house of representatives is 15 replaced and the member was appointed by the former president or speaker; a member may 16 continue to serve even if the member is no longer a state legislator; and be it 17 FURTHER RESOLVED that the commission shall submit a report of its findings 18 and proposed legislative changes to the governor and the legislature by September 30, 2009, 19 and may make any additional reports it considers advisable; and be it 20 FURTHER RESOLVED that the Education Funding District Cost Factor 21 Commission is terminated on April 1, 2011.