Legislature(2019 - 2020)BARNES 124

05/03/2019 03:15 PM LABOR & COMMERCE

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* first hearing in first committee of referral
+ teleconferenced
= bill was previously heard/scheduled
-- Delayed to 3:25 pm --
+= HB 91 NATUROPATHS: LICENSING; PRACTICE TELECONFERENCED
Heard & Held
-- Public Testimony --
+= HB 24 LIMITED TEACHER CERTIFICATES; LANGUAGES TELECONFERENCED
Heard & Held
-- Public Testimony --
*+ HB 127 DENTAL HYGIENIST ADVANCED PRAC PERMIT TELECONFERENCED
Heard & Held
+ Bills Previously Heard/Scheduled TELECONFERENCED
         HB  24-LIMITED TEACHER CERTIFICATES; LANGUAGES                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR WOOL announced that the  next order of business would be                                                               
HOUSE BILL NO. 24, "An Act  relating to instruction in a language                                                               
other   than   English;   and   relating   to   limited   teacher                                                               
certificates."                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR WOOL opened public testimony on HB 24.                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
5:05:40 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
KATIE  GARDNER,  Matsu  Borough School  District,  expressed  her                                                               
support for  HB 24.   She  informed the  committee that  Matsu is                                                               
home to Fronteras  Spanish Immersion Charter School  and said the                                                               
borough needs  qualified immersion teachers to  run the immersion                                                               
program.  Doing that, she  said, will require cultural experience                                                               
as  well as  language  fluency.   She  stated  that the  teachers                                                               
employed in  Matsu are trained,  qualified, and  highly competent                                                               
educators  who's   only  limitation  to  accessing   the  regular                                                               
certification   is   their   limited  English   language,   which                                                               
ironically,  is  one  of  the   attributes  that  makes  them  so                                                               
qualified.  She  said that HB 24 will allow  the expansion of the                                                               
opportunities  that   already  exist  in  programs   like  career                                                               
technical education  and junior  ROTC, to the  language immersion                                                               
program.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE HANNAN  asked if Fronteras has  taken advantage of                                                               
the Type W certification.                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
MS. GARDNER  replied that they  have one teacher who  is employed                                                               
on the Type  W.  Nonetheless, she said there  is basic competency                                                               
requirement  under   Type  W  that  limits   its  usefulness  for                                                               
employing language  teachers.  The  basic competency exam  is the                                                               
main  limiting factor,  as the  only option  for the  test is  in                                                               
English.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
MS.   GARDNER,   responding   to  a   follow-up   question   from                                                               
Representative  Hannan,  acknowledged  that  the  candidates  for                                                               
employment  are  teachers from  different  countries  who have  a                                                               
verified  bachelor's degree  and have  completed and  completed a                                                               
teacher preparation program in their  country.  She restated that                                                               
the major limitation is the  basic competency exam and that there                                                               
is no option of taking it in their native language.                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
5:09:59 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  HANNAN  proposed  allowing  a  2-year  window  to                                                               
complete  that  for  a  full   certification,  as  opposed  to  a                                                               
certification that is held by the district.                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
MS. GARDNER  acknowledged that it  would be helpful;  however, it                                                               
would  not  solve  all  the  barriers facing  this  issue.    She                                                               
explained that in  the past there have been  some individuals who                                                               
had   around  1   year   to  work   on   the  basic   competency.                                                               
Unfortunately, she said, it didn't  present enough time for he or                                                               
she to pass the exam.  She added  that it takes more than 2 years                                                               
to learn the English language.                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE HANNAN  asked what  content areas, aside  from the                                                               
Spanish language, the educators should be teaching.                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
MS. GARDNER explained  that the Fronteras program  has grades K-8                                                               
splitting the  day with  some of the  subjects taught  in English                                                               
and some  in Spanish.   She  added that they  would want  them to                                                               
have  the  equivalency  of  at   least  an  elementary  education                                                               
endorsement.                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
5:12:45 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR WOOL announced that public  testimony for HB 24 would be                                                               
left open.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
[HB 24 was held over.]                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
5:12:53 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
The committee took an at-ease from 5:12 to 5:15 p.m.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                

Document Name Date/Time Subjects
HB 91.Sponsor.pdf HL&C 5/3/2019 3:15:00 PM
HB 91
HB 91.Bill Version M.PDF HL&C 5/3/2019 3:15:00 PM
HB 91
HB 91.Sectional.pdf HL&C 5/3/2019 3:15:00 PM
HB 91
HB 91.Fiscal.pdf HL&C 5/3/2019 3:15:00 PM
HB 91
HB 91. Backup Support Letters Index April 3.pdf HL&C 5/3/2019 3:15:00 PM
HB 91
HB 91.Backup Support Letters UPDATED 4.8.19.pdf HL&C 5/3/2019 3:15:00 PM
HB 91
HB 91.Backup Index of New Support Letters May 3.pdf HL&C 5/3/2019 3:15:00 PM
HB 91
HB 91.Backup Support Letters as of May 3.pdf HL&C 5/3/2019 3:15:00 PM
HB 91
HB 91.Backup Response to Committee Questions.pdf HL&C 5/3/2019 3:15:00 PM
HB 91
HB 91.Backup Perscriptive Authority Comparison.pdf HL&C 5/3/2019 3:15:00 PM
HB 91
HB 91.Backup Education and Scope Comparison.pdf HL&C 5/3/2019 3:15:00 PM
HB 91
HB 91.Backup Naturopath One-Pager.pdf HL&C 5/3/2019 3:15:00 PM
HB 91
HB 91.Backup Naturopathic Concerns and Answers.pdf HL&C 5/3/2019 3:15:00 PM
HB 91
HB 91.Backup Naturopathic Medicine Background.pdf HL&C 5/3/2019 3:15:00 PM
HB 91
HB 91.Backup Naturopathic Perscriptive Authority.pdf HL&C 5/3/2019 3:15:00 PM
HB 91
HB 91.Backup Naturopathic Regulation.pdf HL&C 5/3/2019 3:15:00 PM
HB 91
HB 91.Backup Opposition Alaska State Medical Association.pdf HL&C 5/3/2019 3:15:00 PM
HB 91
HB 91.Backup Index for New Opposition Letters May 3.pdf HL&C 5/3/2019 3:15:00 PM
HB 91
HB 91.Backup Opposition Letters as of May 3.pdf HL&C 5/3/2019 3:15:00 PM
HB 91
HB 24.Sponsor.pdf HL&C 5/3/2019 3:15:00 PM
HB 24
HB 24.Bill version A.pdf HL&C 5/3/2019 3:15:00 PM
HB 24
HB 24.Sectional.pdf HL&C 5/3/2019 3:15:00 PM
HB 24
HB 24.Fiscal Note DEED.pdf HL&C 5/3/2019 3:15:00 PM
HB 24
HB 24.Backup Updated Support Letters 4.24.19.pdf HL&C 5/3/2019 3:15:00 PM
HB 24
HB 24.Backup Support Letters.pdf HL&C 5/3/2019 3:15:00 PM
HB 24
HB 24.Backup Support Letter Margi Dashevsky.pdf HL&C 5/3/2019 3:15:00 PM
HB 24
HB 24.Backup Support Letter Leslie Harper.pdf HL&C 5/3/2019 3:15:00 PM
HB 24
HB 24.Backup Support Letter ANLPAC.pdf HL&C 5/3/2019 3:15:00 PM
HB 24
HB 24.Backup Immersion Student Acheivement.pdf HL&C 5/3/2019 3:15:00 PM
HB 24
HB 127.Sponsor.pdf HL&C 5/3/2019 3:15:00 PM
HB 127
HB 127.Bill Version A.PDF HL&C 5/3/2019 3:15:00 PM
HB 127
HB 127.Sectional.pdf HL&C 5/3/2019 3:15:00 PM
HB 127
HB 127.Fiscal DCCED.pdf HL&C 5/3/2019 3:15:00 PM
HB 127
HB 127.Fiscal DHHS.pdf HL&C 5/3/2019 3:15:00 PM
HB 127
HB 127.Fiscal DHHS2.pdf HL&C 5/3/2019 3:15:00 PM
HB 127
HB 127.Backup Support Melissa Davis.pdf HL&C 5/3/2019 3:15:00 PM
HB 127
HB 127.Backup Support Letters.pdf HL&C 5/3/2019 3:15:00 PM
HB 127
HB 127.Backup Support Letters May 1.pdf HL&C 5/3/2019 3:15:00 PM
HB 127
HB 127.Backup Support Jeff Kilgore.pdf HL&C 5/3/2019 3:15:00 PM
HB 127
HB 127.Backup State by State.pdf HL&C 5/3/2019 3:15:00 PM
HB 127
HB 127.Backup Support ADHA.pdf HL&C 5/3/2019 3:15:00 PM
HB 127
HB 127.Backup Alaska Dental HPSA.pdf HL&C 5/3/2019 3:15:00 PM
HB 127