Legislature(2017 - 2018)BUTROVICH 205

04/04/2017 03:30 PM EDUCATION

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*+ SB 102 INTERNET FOR SCHOOLS; FUNDING TELECONFERENCED
Heard & Held
Uniform Rule 23 Waived
*+ SB 103 ED GRANTS/SCHOLARSHIP;INNOVATIVE ED FUND TELECONFERENCED
Heard & Held
Uniform Rule 23 Waived
*+ SB 104 EDUCATION CURRICULUM TELECONFERENCED
Heard & Held
Uniform Rule 23 Waived
+ Bills Previously Heard/Scheduled: TELECONFERENCED
+= SB 96 EDUCATION:SCHOOLS/TEACHERS/FUNDING TELECONFERENCED
Moved CSSB 96(EDC) Out of Committee
              SB 102-INTERNET FOR SCHOOLS; FUNDING                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
3:47:54 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR HUGHES announced the consideration of SB 102.                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
3:48:16 PM                                                                                                                    
BRITTANY HUTCHINSON, Staff, Senator  Anna MacKinnon, Alaska State                                                               
Legislature, presented information  about SB 102, SB  103, and SB                                                               
104 on behalf  of the Senate Finance Committee.  She related that                                                               
there  are high  achieving  students, great  teachers, and  great                                                               
schools and  districts in  Alaska. However,  there are  also many                                                               
schools that are  not achieving and there is  a large achievement                                                               
gap  for  many Alaskan  students.  Outcomes  are not  where  they                                                               
should  be  for students  to  be  prepared  for life  after  high                                                               
school.  The goals  of the  three  bills are  to prioritize  K-12                                                               
education  as the  state's constitutional  responsibility and  to                                                               
prioritize how the  state's limited funds are  spent. Other goals                                                               
are to improve outcomes for  Alaska's students and to provide for                                                               
efficiency and streamlined deliveries  of education processes and                                                               
procedures. Alaska's students deserve a 21st Century education.                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
3:49:50 PM                                                                                                                    
MS. HUTCHISON provided the sectional analysis of SB 102:                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
     Section 1 AS 14.03.127(a)                                                                                              
     Increases the floor of internet download speed from 10                                                                     
      megabits per second (Mbps) to 25 megabits per second                                                                      
     (Mbps) for every school in Alaska.                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
     Section 2 AS 37.14.750(a)                                                                                              
       Puts into statute that the legislature may pay for                                                                       
     internet services through the Higher Education Fund.                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
     Section 3 AS 37.14.750                                                                                                 
     Conforming language that allows the legislature to pay                                                                     
       for internet services through the Higher Education                                                                       
     Fund.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  HUGHES asked  if there  is any  background information  to                                                               
share.                                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
3:50:19 PM                                                                                                                    
MS. HUTCHISON  said the reason  25 Mgbs  was chosen for  the bill                                                               
was because  all schools  could increase  to that  amount without                                                               
any additional infrastructure.  She said that amount  is based on                                                               
the  federal  E-rate  Program,  which covers  70  percent  to  90                                                               
percent of internet services, depending  on how many students are                                                               
on the  free or  reduced lunch program.  For every  state dollar,                                                               
schools receive about $7 federal dollars.                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
All school districts  utilize the E-rate Program.  Only 29 school                                                               
districts  used the  Broadband  Assistance  Grant. She  estimated                                                               
that the bill will bring 197 schools up to 25 Mgbs.                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR HUGHES asked how much funding will be available.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
MS. HUTCHISON  said they don't have  a fiscal note yet,  but they                                                               
estimate about  $16 million will  be needed to bring  all schools                                                               
up to 25 Mgbs, tapering off each year.                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
3:52:33 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR  BEGICH asked  if they  calculated the  ability for  each                                                               
school to  make use of  that 25 Mgbs  by various methods.  He did                                                               
not want to see any schools left behind.                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
MS. HUTCHISON said all schools can come up to 25 Mgbs.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR BEGICH  pointed out that  the download is  often absorbed                                                               
by  other  users in  the  community.  He  suggested making  it  a                                                               
dedicated 25 Mgbs for schools.                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
MS. HUTCHISON said it was an excellent idea.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
3:54:14 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR  BEGICH  said it  should  be  easy  to add  language.  He                                                               
suggested an addition of "an  applicant's share to a dedicated 25                                                               
Mgbs"  would  ensure  that  it  would  not  be  consumed  by  the                                                               
community.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR HUGHES noted  a new satellite launch and  the potential for                                                               
expansion of internet in Alaska.                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
She asked how many schools would be upgraded.                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
MS.   HUTCHISON  said   197  schools,   according  to   2016  FCC                                                               
information.                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
3:56:33 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR BEGICH asked  if the suggestion of 25 Mgbs  came from the                                                               
FCC.                                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
MS.  HUTCHISON replied  that  is was  from  the Alaska  Telephone                                                               
Association.                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
3:56:59 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR HUGHES held SB 102 in committee.                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                

Document Name Date/Time Subjects
SB 102 - Sponsor Statement.pdf SEDC 4/4/2017 3:30:00 PM
SB 102
SB 102 - Legislation Ver. A.PDF SEDC 4/4/2017 3:30:00 PM
SB 102
SB 102 - Sectional Analysis.pdf SEDC 4/4/2017 3:30:00 PM
SB 102
SB 102 - Supporting Document - Alaska Schools Under 25mbps.pdf SEDC 4/4/2017 3:30:00 PM
SB 102
SB 102 - Supporting Document - FY17 BAG Awards (2).pdf SEDC 4/4/2017 3:30:00 PM
SB 102
SB 103 - Sponsor Statement.pdf SEDC 4/4/2017 3:30:00 PM
SB 103
SB 103 - Legislation Ver. O.PDF SEDC 4/4/2017 3:30:00 PM
SB 103
SB 103 - Sectional Analysis.pdf SEDC 4/4/2017 3:30:00 PM
SB 103
SB 103 - Supporting Document - APS.pdf SEDC 4/4/2017 3:30:00 PM
SB 103
SB 103 - Supporting Document - High School to College.pdf SEDC 4/4/2017 3:30:00 PM
SB 103
SB 103 - Supporting Document - UA Remediation Rates 2006-2016.pdf SEDC 4/4/2017 3:30:00 PM
SB 103
SB 103 - Supporting Document - 2015-2016 Graduation Rates.pdf SEDC 4/4/2017 3:30:00 PM
SB 103
SB 103 - Supporting Document - AEG.pdf SEDC 4/4/2017 3:30:00 PM
SB 103
SB 104 - Sponsor Statement.pdf SEDC 4/4/2017 3:30:00 PM
SB 104
SB 104 - Legislation Ver. J.PDF SEDC 4/4/2017 3:30:00 PM
SB 104
SB 104 - Sectional Analysis.pdf SEDC 4/4/2017 3:30:00 PM
SB 104