Legislature(2013 - 2014)BELTZ 105 (TSBldg)

02/28/2014 08:00 AM EDUCATION

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Heard & Held
Base Student Allocation
Heard & Held
Bills Previously Heard/Scheduled
Moved CSSCR 12(EDC) Out of Committee
             SCR 12-FEBRUARY PUBLIC EDUCATION MONTH                                                                         
8:00:41 AM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR STEVENS  announced that the  first order of  business would                                                               
be SCR 12. He said the  committee would hear from the sponsor and                                                               
take public testimony.  He noted that SB 147 and  SB 139 would be                                                               
heard  simultaneously and  would focus  specifically on  the Base                                                               
Student Allocation (BSA). He said  he would keep public testimony                                                               
open beyond today's meeting.                                                                                                    
8:02:09 AM                                                                                                                    
THOMAS  PRESLEY,  Staff,  Senator  Berta  Gardner,  Alaska  State                                                               
Legislature, Juneau,  Alaska, presented SCR  12 on behalf  of the                                                               
sponsor. He  said the  motivation for introducing  SCR 12  was to                                                               
proclaim February the Public Education  Month. The resolution was                                                               
written  after   Senator  Gardner  and   Representative  Drummond                                                               
visited all  the schools in  their district. They wished  to give                                                               
the  schools  credit for  some  of  the innovative  and  creative                                                               
things  they were  doing. After  the  visits he  said they  heard                                                               
about  an Anchorage  School District  parent  survey which  found                                                               
that 90  percent of parents  of students in public  schools would                                                               
recommend  their school  to others.  The same  survey also  found                                                               
that there are parents with  students waiting to get into charter                                                               
schools who  don't know the  name of their  neighborhood schools.                                                               
He concluded  that the resolution  would be  a good way  to raise                                                               
the level of public awareness.                                                                                                  
MR. PRESLEY noted that the  sponsor has drafted an amendment that                                                               
would change the date to be effective in February of 2015.                                                                      
8:04:01 AM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR HUGGINS asked for clarification  about the charter school                                                               
SENATOR GARDNER  explained that members  of the public  who don't                                                               
use neighborhood schools don't know  anything about them and what                                                               
they  offer. She  offered to  make  the survey  available to  the                                                               
committee when she receives it.  She said she loved the Anchorage                                                               
School District's idea to have  a "visit your public school month                                                               
in February" idea.  She opined that many people do  not know what                                                               
schools offer and  she supports any effort to get  members of the                                                               
public into schools.                                                                                                            
SENATOR  HUGGINS agreed.  He said  he would  like to  expand this                                                               
idea to a year of education  where every month is dedicated to an                                                               
element of education.                                                                                                           
8:05:46 AM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR  DUNLEAVY stated  that the  idea is  to make  people more                                                               
aware of neighborhood schools.                                                                                                  
SENATOR  GARDNER   said  yes;  the  whole   community,  not  just                                                               
SENATOR DUNLEAVY agreed. He said  engagement it key. He asked for                                                               
clarification regarding charter schools and waitlists.                                                                          
MR. PRESLEY reported  that the parent survey  showed that charter                                                               
school  parents on  a waitlist  did not  know the  name of  their                                                               
neighborhood schools.                                                                                                           
SENATOR DUNLEAVY  asked if  the children were  on a  waitlist for                                                               
public charter schools.                                                                                                         
MR. PRESLEY said yes.                                                                                                           
8:07:03 AM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR  STEVENS commented  that general  information about  public                                                               
education includes charter schools.                                                                                             
SENATOR STEDMAN  agreed with the  concept of building  the morale                                                               
of public schools. He wondered about the amendment date.                                                                        
CHAIR STEVENS apologized  for not getting to the  bill faster. He                                                               
asked what the amendment would do.                                                                                              
MR. PRESLEY reiterated that it  would change the date to February                                                               
CHAIR STEVENS requested a motion  regarding the amendment for the                                                               
purpose of discussion.                                                                                                          
MR. PRESLEY said it would be a conceptual amendment.                                                                            
8:08:34 AM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR GARDNER  moved to  adopt Conceptual  Amendment 1,  to add                                                               
"2015" to the date.                                                                                                             
CHAIR STEVENS objected for discussion.                                                                                          
SENATOR HUGGINS  wondered if February  would be the  best choice.                                                               
He suggested that the beginning of the year would be better.                                                                    
SENATOR GARDNER  said the Anchorage School  District was planning                                                               
for "Visit Your  Public School Month" for February.  She said she                                                               
is happy to  make it any date or time.  The federal government is                                                               
planning a week in November to honor education.                                                                                 
MR.  PRESLEY said  International Education  Week begins  November                                                               
SENATOR  HUGGINS  said  the  resolution  applies  to  all  school                                                               
districts. He thought it was a  good idea, but he would prefer it                                                               
last a year and highlight a different segment each month.                                                                       
CHAIR STEVENS asked where the amendment would go.                                                                               
MR. PRESLEY replied  that the date "2015" would be  added to page                                                               
2, line 11, after "February".                                                                                                   
There being no objection, Conceptual Amendment 1 was adopted.                                                                   
8:12:04 AM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR DUNLEAVY  noted his support  of public education,  but he                                                               
thought the wording was odd.                                                                                                    
SENATOR STEDMAN suggested changing the wording.                                                                                 
SENATOR DUNLEAVY said it was interestingly worded.                                                                              
CHAIR STEVENS noted a zero fiscal note.                                                                                         
8:13:17 AM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR  GARDNER   said  she  is  strongly   considering  Senator                                                               
Huggins' suggestion  to make September Public  Education Month at                                                               
the  start of  the school  year.  There being  no objection,  the                                                               
motion carried.                                                                                                                 
CHAIR STEVENS said there is no rush.                                                                                            
SENATOR HUGGINS  moved to  adopt Conceptual  Amendment 2,  to add                                                               
"September" to the date in place of "February."                                                                                 
SENATOR  DUNLEAVY  moved  to  report SCR  12,  as  amended,  from                                                               
committee  with  individual  recommendations  and  attached  zero                                                               
fiscal  note.  There  being  no objection,  CSSCR  12  (EDC)  was                                                               
reported from the Senate Education Committee.                                                                                   
8:14:22 AM                                                                                                                    
At ease                                                                                                                         

Document Name Date/Time Subjects
12_SB147_Resolution_NonProfits_Support_Inflation_Proofing_BSA.pdf SEDC 2/28/2014 8:00:00 AM
SB 147
13_SB147_WestHigh_PTSA_Resolution_BSA_Increase.PDF SEDC 2/28/2014 8:00:00 AM
SB 147
14_SB139_Resolution_NonProfits_Support_Inflation_Proofing_BSA.pdf SEDC 2/28/2014 8:00:00 AM
SB 139
15_SB139_WestHigh_PTSA_Resolution_BSA_Increase.PDF SEDC 2/28/2014 8:00:00 AM
SB 139