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CSSB 57(EDC): "An Act relating to parental involvement in education; adjusting pupil transportation funding; amending the time required for employers to give tenured teachers notification of their nonretention; and providing for an effective date."

00                       CS FOR SENATE BILL NO. 57(EDC)                                                                    
01 "An Act relating to parental involvement in education; adjusting pupil transportation                                   
02 funding; amending the time required for employers to give tenured teachers notification                                 
03 of their nonretention; and providing for an effective date."                                                            
04 BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF ALASKA:                                                                
05    * Section 1. AS 14.03 is amended by adding a new section to read:                                                
06            Sec. 14.03.072. Kindergarten through grade three; parent information. (a)                                  
07       Each school district shall annually provide to parents and guardians of students                                  
08       enrolled in kindergarten through grade three in a public school in the state current                              
09       information on the importance of early literacy, including                                                        
10                 (1)  intervention strategies;                                                                           
11                 (2)  home literacy plans;                                                                               
12                 (3)  grade retention standards and policies for the elementary school                                   
13       attended;                                                                                                         
14                 (4)  strategies and resources to help children learn to read.                                           
01            (b)  In partnership with local media outlets, the department shall create and                                
02       implement a communications campaign to educate parents and guardians about the                                    
03       importance of early literacy. The campaign shall include an Internet website that                                 
04       provides access to current research on early literacy, book recommendations, and                                  
05       vocabulary building exercises.                                                                                    
06    * Sec. 2. AS 14.09.010 is amended by adding a new subsection to read:                                              
07            (e)  The per student amount available to a school district under (a) of this                                 
08       section shall be adjusted annually on October 1 according to changes in the Consumer                              
09       Price Index for all urban consumers for the Anchorage metropolitan area compiled by                               
10       the United States Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics. The reference base                             
11       index for an adjustment made under this subsection is the Consumer Price Index for                                
12       all urban consumers for the Anchorage metropolitan area compiled by the United                                    
13       States Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, for the years 1982 through                                
14       1984.                                                                                                             
15    * Sec. 3. AS 14.20.140(a) is amended to read:                                                                      
16            (a)  If a teacher who has acquired tenure rights is to be laid off under                                     
17       AS 14.20.177 or is not to be retained for the following school year, the employer shall                           
18       notify the teacher of the layoff or nonretention by writing, delivered before May 15                          
19       [MARCH 16], or by registered mail postmarked before May 15 [MARCH 16].                                        
20    * Sec. 4. Section 9, ch. 19, SLA 2012, is repealed.                                                                
21    * Sec. 5. The uncodified law of the State of Alaska is amended by adding a new section to                          
22 read:                                                                                                                   
23       APPLICABILITY. AS 14.20.140(a), as amended by sec. 3 of this Act, applies to a                                    
24 contract or collective bargaining agreement that becomes legally binding on or after the                                
25 effective date of this Act.                                                                                             
26    * Sec. 6. This Act takes effect July 1, 2013.