HB 21: "An Act relating to the length of a school week; and providing for an effective date."

00                              HOUSE BILL NO. 21                                                                          
01 "An Act relating to the length of a school week; and providing for an effective date."                                  
02 BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF ALASKA:                                                                
03    * Section 1. The uncodified law of the State of Alaska is amended by adding a new section                          
04 to read:                                                                                                                
05       SCHOOL WEEK; PILOT PROJECT. (a) Notwithstanding the requirements of                                               
06 AS 14.03.030 and 14.03.040, the board shall approve, at the request of the governing body of                            
07 a school district, a school week consisting of four days for a period not to exceed three school                        
08 years if the school district, within 30 days after the effective date of this Act,                                      
09            (1)  provides proof satisfactory to the board that students enrolled in the district                         
10 will receive the educational equivalent of a five-day school week;                                                      
11            (2)  has involved affected students, teachers, and the community in requesting                               
12 a four-day school week;                                                                                                 
13            (3)  submits public comment to the board that demonstrates majority                                          
14 community support for the request; and                                                                                  
15            (4)  agrees to file quarterly reports to the Department of Education and Early                               
01 Development of the effects on student and teacher performance of the four-day school week.                              
02       (b)  The board may approve a four-day school week under this section for not more                                 
03 than one school district, based on the best interests of affected students and the timing of a                          
04 request received by the board that meets the requirements in (a) of this section.                                       
05       (c)  On or before January 15 of each year in which a four-day school week is in effect                            
06 in a school district, the board shall file a report with the legislative committees whose primary                       
07 responsibility is education on the progress and performance ratings of a school district                                
08 approved for a four-day school week under this section. The report must include a comparison                            
09 of the performance ratings of the school district before and after the implementation of the                            
10 four-day school week.                                                                                                   
11       (d)  In this section,                                                                                             
12            (1)  "board" means the state Board of Education and Early Development;                                       
13            (2)  "school district" has the meaning given to "district" in AS 14.17.990.                                  
14    * Sec. 2. Section 1 of this Act is repealed June 30, 2018.                                                         
15    * Sec. 3. This Act takes effect July 1, 2013.