Legislature(2015 - 2016)BUTROVICH 205

04/02/2015 03:30 PM EDUCATION

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* first hearing in first committee of referral
+ teleconferenced
= bill was previously heard/scheduled
*+ SB 37 SEXUAL ABUSE/ASSAULT PREVENTION PROGRAMS TELECONFERENCED
Heard & Held
+= SB 79 REEMPLOYMENT OF RETIRED TEACHERS & ADMIN TELECONFERENCED
Scheduled but Not Heard
+= SB 80 ED. STANDARDS AND ASSESSMENTS/FED FUNDS TELECONFERENCED
Scheduled but Not Heard
+= SB 89 PARENT RIGHTS: EDUCATION; SCHOOL ABSENCE TELECONFERENCED
Heard & Held
         SB 89-PARENT RIGHTS: EDUCATION; SCHOOL ABSENCE                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
4:42:36 PM                                                                                                                    
VICE-CHAIR HUGGINS announced the consideration of SB 89.                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR GIESSEL  moved to  adopt the  CS for  SB 89,  labeled 29-                                                               
LS0735/P, as the working document.                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
VICE CHAIR HUGGINS objected for discussion.                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
4:43:16 PM                                                                                                                    
BETHANY  MARKUM,  Staff,  Senator  Mike  Dunleavy,  Alaska  State                                                               
Legislature, presented SB  89 on behalf of the  sponsor. She read                                                               
from the sponsor statement:                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
     The purpose of  SB 89 Parental Rights  in Education, is                                                                    
     to  codify  in state  statute  the  inherent rights  of                                                                    
     parents  to  direct  the upbringing  and  education  of                                                                    
     their children.  As parents are the  ultimate authority                                                                    
     regarding  their  children,  this bill  requires  local                                                                    
     school  boards  to  adopt policies  which  promote  the                                                                    
     involvement of parents.                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
     A child's parents  (be they biological or  not) are, in                                                                    
     most cases, best suited to  understand what is in their                                                                    
     child's  best interest.  It may  seem unnecessary  that                                                                    
     this would  need to be  re-stated in law.  However, too                                                                    
     often  we  see  parents pitted  against  government  in                                                                    
     decisions    regarding    children's   education    and                                                                    
     upbringing.  I  am thus  sponsoring  this  bill to  re-                                                                    
     balance  that  relationship.  I feel  it  essential  to                                                                    
     ensure  that our  educational  system acknowledges  the                                                                    
     essential  rights of  parents, and  that schools  adopt                                                                    
     policies to encourage parental involvement.                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
     These policies must accommodate the following:                                                                             
     Parents will be  given the chance to  review content of                                                                    
     any activity, class,  performance standard, program, or                                                                    
     standards-based  assessment  or  test required  by  the                                                                    
     department.                                                                                                                
     Parents can  object to and  withdraw children  from any                                                                    
     standards-based  assessment  or  test required  by  the                                                                    
     department,  and  the  absence  cannot  be  counted  as                                                                    
     unlawful.                                                                                                                  
     If parents  have a concern  about any  activity, class,                                                                    
     performance  standard,  or  program that  covers  human                                                                    
     reproduction  or  sexual  matters, or  which  inquiries                                                                    
     into  personal  or  private family  affairs,  they  can                                                                    
     object  and keep  their child  out  of that  particular                                                                    
     activity,  and   the  absence  cannot  be   counted  as                                                                    
     unlawful.                                                                                                                  
     Parents  will  be  allowed  to  withdraw  children  for                                                                    
     religious holidays,  and the absence cannot  be counted                                                                    
     as unlawful.                                                                                                               
     Parents   must   provide  written   permission   before                                                                    
     children  may attend  each  human  reproduction or  sex                                                                    
     education instruction or presentation.                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
     Existing  law  requires   parents  to  provide  written                                                                    
     permission  before   students  take  part   in  certain                                                                    
     questionnaires  and  surveys administered  by  schools.                                                                    
     This   bill    extends   that   requirement    to   all                                                                    
     questionnaires and surveys administered by schools.                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
     As  the stewards  of their  children,  parents must  be                                                                    
     guaranteed the  right to make  the decisions  they feel                                                                    
     are  best for  their  children's  education. I  request                                                                    
     your support for SB 89.                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
She described changes in the bill found in Section 1:                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
     Modifies language to use  existing statute language for                                                                    
     "tests and assessments".                                                                                                   
     Removes references to Health education.                                                                                    
     Adds language to allow objection and withdrawal due to                                                                     
     concern regarding "inquiries into personal and private                                                                     
     family matters".                                                                                                           
      Adds language to clarify the timeframe within which                                                                       
     permission must be obtained.                                                                                               
        Adds language to require separate permission or                                                                         
     objection for each event.                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
4:46:42 PM                                                                                                                    
VICE  CHAIR HUGGINS  noted parents  have  rights and  legislators                                                               
need to  be sensitive to that.  He shared a personal  story about                                                               
taking his own kids out of school for Veterans Day events.                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
MS. MARKUM  said the sponsor  has strong feelings about  the bill                                                               
and parents' rights, as does she.                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
VICE CHAIR HUGGINS shared his support for the bill.                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
MS. MARKUM thought parents should be reminded of their rights.                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
4:50:07 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR GIESSEL  shared a personal story  about parents attending                                                               
classes with their children as an important strategy.                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR GARDNER  recalled the  testimony on  child abuse  and who                                                               
the children talked to about  it. She questioned how teachers and                                                               
parents can  gather vital information  about abuse  without being                                                               
able  to get  that  information anonymously.  She questioned  the                                                               
need to get permission every time.                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
MS. MARKUM  said it  is a  concern, but  parents should  make the                                                               
choice of  who best to  reveal that  information to. She  did not                                                               
think the data  would be invalidated by parents who  chose not to                                                               
participate.                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
VICE CHAIR  HUGGINS shared a story  of people not wanting  to get                                                               
involved with abuse. He spoke of the duty to not rat on peers.                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
4:54:40 PM                                                                                                                    
At ease                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
4:54:59 PM                                                                                                                    
VICE CHAIR HUGGINS withdrew his  objection to adopting version P.                                                               
There being no further objection, version P was adopted.                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
SCOTT   MACMANNUS,  Assistant   Superintendent,  Gateway   School                                                               
District,  testified against  the  requirement in  SB  89 to  get                                                               
permission from parents, in terms  of time and money. Parents are                                                               
always allowed  to participate in  the content of  the curriculum                                                               
and can exclude  their children if they wish.  He suggested there                                                               
needs to be a balance struck.                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
[VICE CHAIR HUGGINS held SB 89 in committee.]                                                                                   

Document Name Date/Time Subjects
1. SB 37 Legislation.pdf SEDC 4/2/2015 3:30:00 PM
SEDC 4/9/2015 3:30:00 PM
SB 37
2. SB 37 Fiscal Note.pdf SEDC 4/2/2015 3:30:00 PM
SEDC 4/9/2015 3:30:00 PM
SB 37
3. CS for SB 37 - Legislation.pdf SEDC 4/2/2015 3:30:00 PM
SEDC 4/9/2015 3:30:00 PM
SB 37
4. CS for SB 37 Sponsor Statement.pdf SEDC 4/2/2015 3:30:00 PM
SEDC 4/9/2015 3:30:00 PM
SB 37
5. CS for SB 37 - Explanation of Changes.pdf SEDC 4/2/2015 3:30:00 PM
SEDC 4/9/2015 3:30:00 PM
SB 37
10. CS for SB 37 - Sectional Analysis.pdf SEDC 4/2/2015 3:30:00 PM
SEDC 4/9/2015 3:30:00 PM
SB 37
7. CS for SB 37 - David Holthouse Article.pdf SEDC 4/2/2015 3:30:00 PM
SB 37
8. CS for SB 37 - Cindy Moore Teen Dating Violence Letter.pdf SEDC 4/2/2015 3:30:00 PM
SEDC 4/9/2015 3:30:00 PM
SB 37
12. CS for SB 37 - Nebraska Lindsay Ann Burke Act.pdf SEDC 4/2/2015 3:30:00 PM
SEDC 4/9/2015 3:30:00 PM
SB 37
13. CS for SB 37 - ANDVSA Letter of Support.pdf SEDC 4/2/2015 3:30:00 PM
SEDC 4/9/2015 3:30:00 PM
SB 37
SB 89 Legislation.pdf SEDC 4/2/2015 3:30:00 PM
SEDC 4/9/2015 3:30:00 PM
SB 89
CS for SB 89 Legislation.pdf SEDC 4/2/2015 3:30:00 PM
SEDC 4/9/2015 3:30:00 PM
SB 89
CS for SB 89 Sponsor Statement.pdf SEDC 4/2/2015 3:30:00 PM
SEDC 4/9/2015 3:30:00 PM
SB 89
CS for SB 89 Explanation of Changes.pdf SEDC 4/2/2015 3:30:00 PM
SB 89
SB 89 Fiscal Note.pdf SEDC 4/2/2015 3:30:00 PM
SEDC 4/9/2015 3:30:00 PM
SB 89
SB 89 Emails of Support.pdf SEDC 4/2/2015 3:30:00 PM
SEDC 4/9/2015 3:30:00 PM
SB 89