Legislature(2003 - 2004)

03/11/2003 03:00 PM HES

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HJR 13-FEDERAL EDUCATION LAW OF 2001                                                                                          
CHAIR WILSON announced  that the next order of  business would be                                                               
HOUSE  JOINT RESOLUTION  NO. 13,  Urging adoption  of the  Alaska                                                               
recommendations for implementing the No  Child Left Behind Act of                                                               
Number 1044                                                                                                                     
REPRESENTATIVE GATTO, speaking as the  chair of the House Special                                                               
Committee  on  Education,  the  sponsor   of  HJR  13,  read  the                                                               
following statement:                                                                                                            
     We  urge adoption  of  the  Alaska recommendations  for                                                                    
     implementing  the No  Child Left  Behind  Act of  2001.                                                                    
     The No  Child Left Behind  Act [NCLB Act] is  a mammoth                                                                    
     piece of federal legislation  the implications of which                                                                    
     encompass nearly every facet  of the educational system                                                                    
     in  the state  of Alaska.   The  implementation of  the                                                                    
     NCLB Act is  a daunting task for  every state; however,                                                                    
     it is  vital that  the federal Department  of Education                                                                    
     recognize the true uniqueness of Alaska.                                                                                   
     The   Alaska   Department   of  Education   and   Early                                                                    
     Development have  been working on  Alaska's application                                                                    
     for two  years and have  submitted a proposal  for peer                                                                    
     review.   It  is important  that Alaska  be allowed  to                                                                    
     develop  a  plan which  works  well  in this  extremely                                                                    
     large and  diverse state that we  live in.  I  ask your                                                                    
     support of HJR  13, which urges prompt  approval of the                                                                    
     Alaska  consolidated  state application  accountability                                                                    
     workbook so that the children  of Alaska may experience                                                                    
     the full  benefits that  the No  Child Left  Behind Act                                                                    
     promises for each and every child.                                                                                         
Number 1116                                                                                                                     
REPRESENTATIVE  KAPSNER  began  discussion of  Amendment  1,  and                                                               
directed the committee's  attention to page 2, lines  11-14.  She                                                               
inquired  as to  why the  example  uses the  North Slope  Borough                                                               
School  District.   She  expressed  the  desire to  refrain  from                                                               
pointing  to  one  school district.    Therefore,  she  suggested                                                               
deleting  language  beginning on  page  2,  lines 11-14.    Start                                                               
deleting language  beginning with  "; for example,"  and continue                                                               
to the end of line 14 where it ends with a ";", she suggested.                                                                  
CHAIR  WILSON suggested  just  deleting the  name  of the  school                                                               
district.   She said she  believes the reason  the aforementioned                                                               
language was included was to prove that Alaska is truly unique.                                                                 
REPRESENTATIVE  KAPSNER said  she  see Chair  Wilson's point  and                                                               
agreed to the deletion of the name of the school district.                                                                      
The committee took a brief at-ease from 3:18 p.m. to 3:20 p.m.                                                                  
Number 1225                                                                                                                     
CHAIR  WILSON moved  that the  committee adopt  the following  as                                                               
Amendment 1:                                                                                                                    
     Page 2, line 11                                                                                                            
     Delete "the North Slope Borough School"                                                                                    
     Insert "one"                                                                                                               
     Page 2, line 13                                                                                                            
     Delete "the"                                                                                                               
     Insert "this"                                                                                                              
     Page 2, line 14                                                                                                            
     Delete "North Slope"                                                                                                       
     Insert "school district"                                                                                                   
There being no objection, Amendment 1 was adopted.                                                                              
Number 1285                                                                                                                     
MARY  FRANCIS,  Ph.D.,  Executive  Director,  Alaska  Council  of                                                               
School Administrators, began by  informing the committee that she                                                               
represents  all of  the superintendents,  school principals,  and                                                               
business officials in  the state.  Dr. Francis  said she believes                                                               
HJR  13  is  an  excellent   resolution.    She  noted  that  the                                                               
department has  submitted the  concerns the  State of  Alaska has                                                               
with  regard to  the  implementation  of the  federal  law.   She                                                               
pointed out  that the federal  legislation is difficult  for more                                                               
than just the rural and remote  districts.  For example, she told                                                               
the committee that  the previous president of the  State Board of                                                               
Education [and  Early Development]  is a longtime  teacher, 30-35                                                               
years,  in  the Fairbanks  School  District,  and under  the  new                                                               
guidelines  she  would  not  be  considered  a  highly  qualified                                                               
teacher,  even though  she  has  been recognized  as  one of  the                                                               
finest  teachers in  the state.    Dr. Francis  noted the  Alaska                                                               
Council  of School  Administrators supports  of HJR  13, and  she                                                               
urged its passage.                                                                                                              
Number 1377                                                                                                                     
REPRESENTATIVE HEINZE moved to report  HJR 13, as amended, out of                                                               
committee  with individual  recommendations and  the accompanying                                                               
fiscal  notes.   There  being  no  objection, CSHJR  13(HES)  was                                                               
reported from the House Health, Education and Social Services                                                                   
Standing Committee.                                                                                                             

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