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04/15/2019 09:00 AM EDUCATION

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05:01:13 PM Start
05:02:15 PM SB64
05:32:24 PM Confirmation Hearing: Professional Teaching Practices Commission
05:53:07 PM Adjourn
* first hearing in first committee of referral
+ teleconferenced
= bill was previously heard/scheduled
-- Meeting Postponed to 5:00 p.m. Today --
-- Please Note Date --
+ Consideration of Governor's Appointees: TELECONFERENCED
Professional Teaching Practices Commission
Chris Reitan - Craig
+= SB 64 REPEAL STATE DEBT REIMBURSE. FOR SCHOOLS TELECONFERENCED
Moved CSSB 64(EDC) Out of Committee
+= SB 79 VIRTUAL ED/TEACHER EXAM./COURSE EXAM. TELECONFERENCED
<Bill Hearing Canceled>
*+ SB 114 VIRTUAL ED; COLL CR FOR HS; MISC ED ADMIN TELECONFERENCED
<Bill Hearing Canceled>
+ Bills Previously Heard/Scheduled TELECONFERENCED
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                    ALASKA STATE LEGISLATURE                                                                                  
              SENATE EDUCATION STANDING COMMITTEE                                                                             
                         April 15, 2019                                                                                         
                           5:01 p.m.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
MEMBERS PRESENT                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
Senator Gary Stevens, Chair                                                                                                     
Senator Shelley Hughes, Vice Chair                                                                                              
Senator Chris Birch                                                                                                             
Senator Mia Costello                                                                                                            
Senator Tom Begich                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
MEMBERS ABSENT                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
All members present                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
COMMITTEE CALENDAR                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
SENATE BILL NO. 64                                                                                                              
"An  Act repealing  state aid  for costs  of school  construction                                                               
debt; and providing for an effective date."                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
     - MOVED CSSB 64(EDC) OUT OF COMMITTEE                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
CONFIRMATION HEARING(S):                                                                                                        
Professional Teaching Practices Commission                                                                                    
Chris Reitan - Craig                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
     - CONFIRMATION ADVANCED                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
SENATE BILL NO. 79                                                                                                              
"An  Act relating  to  course credit  for  students; relating  to                                                               
annual reports  regarding school district performance  and school                                                               
district employees;  relating to school operating  fund reserves;                                                               
relating  to competency  examinations  for teacher  certificates;                                                               
relating to the duties and  powers of the Department of Education                                                               
and  Early Development;  relating  to  the Professional  Teaching                                                               
Practices   Commission;   relating   to   a   virtual   education                                                               
consortium; and providing for an effective date."                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
     - BILL HEARING CANCELED                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
SENATE BILL NO. 114                                                                                                             
"An  Act relating  to  course credit  for  students; relating  to                                                               
annual reports  regarding school district performance  and school                                                               
district employees; relating  to cooperative arrangements between                                                               
school  districts; relating  to school  operating fund  reserves;                                                               
relating  to competency  examinations  for teacher  certificates;                                                               
relating to the duties and  powers of the Department of Education                                                               
and  Early Development;  relating  to  the Professional  Teaching                                                               
Practices   Commission;   relating   to   a   virtual   education                                                               
consortium;  establishing  a  reading  intervention  program  for                                                               
students in  grades kindergarten through three;  establishing the                                                               
Alaska  middle  college  program   for  public  school  students;                                                               
relating to the  powers of the University of  Alaska; relating to                                                               
reporting requirements of the Board  of Regents of the University                                                               
of Alaska; and providing for an effective date."                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
     - BILL HEARING CANCELED                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
PREVIOUS COMMITTEE ACTION                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
BILL: SB  64                                                                                                                  
SHORT TITLE: REPEAL STATE DEBT REIMBURSE. FOR SCHOOLS                                                                           
SPONSOR(s): RULES BY REQUEST OF THE GOVERNOR                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
02/18/19       (S)       READ THE FIRST TIME - REFERRALS                                                                        
02/18/19       (S)       EDC, FIN                                                                                               
03/19/19       (S)       EDC AT 9:00 AM BUTROVICH 205                                                                           
03/19/19       (S)       Heard & Held                                                                                           
03/19/19       (S)       MINUTE(EDC)                                                                                            
04/15/19       (S)       EDC AT 9:00 AM BUTROVICH 205                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
WITNESS REGISTER                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
TOM WRIGHT, Staff                                                                                                               
Senator Mia Costello                                                                                                            
Alaska State Legislature                                                                                                        
POSITION STATEMENT: Reviewed Senator  Costello's amendment for SB                                                             
64.                                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
HEIDI TESHNER, Director                                                                                                         
Administrative Services                                                                                                         
Department of Education and Early Development (DEED)                                                                            
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION  STATEMENT:  Answered  questions about  changes  to  the                                                             
proposed amendment for SB 64.                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
ELWIN BLACKWELL, School Finance Manager                                                                                         
Department of Education and Early Development (DEED)                                                                            
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT: Explained suggested changes to the proposed                                                               
amendment for SB 64.                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
CHRIS REITAN, Governor Appointee                                                                                                
Professional Teaching Practices Commission                                                                                      
Craig, Alaska                                                                                                                   
POSITION STATEMENT: Testified during his confirmation hearing.                                                                
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
ACTION NARRATIVE                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
5:01:13 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR  GARY   STEVENS  called   the  Senate   Education  Standing                                                             
Committee meeting  to order at 5:01  p.m. Present at the  call to                                                               
order were  Senators Hughes, Costello,  Begich, Birch,  and Chair                                                               
Stevens.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
        SB  64-REPEAL STATE DEBT REIMBURSE. FOR SCHOOLS                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
5:02:15 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR STEVENS announced the consideration of SB 64. He stated                                                                   
his intent to report the bill out of committee.                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
5:02:55 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR COSTELLO moved Amendment 1.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
                                                  31-GS1091\A.1                                                                 
                                                       Caouette                                                                 
                                                        3/21/19                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
                          AMENDMENT 1                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
     OFFERED IN THE SENATE                   BY SENATOR COSTELLO                                                                
         TO: SB 64                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
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          Delete "repealing"                                                                                                  
          Insert "relating to"                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
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          Delete "former"                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
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        "* Sec. 4. AS 14.11.100(a) is amended to read:                                                                      
               (a)   During  each  fiscal year,  the state  shall                                                               
          allocate to a municipality that is a school district                                                                  
          the following sums:                                                                                                   
                    (1)  payments made by the municipality                                                                      
          during  the  fiscal  year two  years  earlier  for  the                                                               
          retirement  of principal  and  interest on  outstanding                                                               
          bonds,  notes, or  other  indebtedness incurred  before                                                               
          July 1, 1977, to pay costs of school construction;                                                                    
                    (2)  90 percent of                                                                                          
                         (A)  payments made by the municipality                                                                 
               during the  fiscal year two years  earlier for the                                                               
               retirement   of   principal    and   interest   on                                                               
               outstanding  bonds, notes,  or other  indebtedness                                                               
               incurred after  June 30, 1977, and  before July 1,                                                               
               1978, to pay costs of school construction;                                                                       
                         (B)  cash payments made after June 30,                                                                 
               1976,   and   before    July 1,   1978,   by   the                                                               
               municipality  during  the  fiscal year  two  years                                                               
               earlier to pay costs of school construction;                                                                     
                    (3)  90 percent of                                                                                          
                         (A)  payments made by the municipality                                                                 
               during the  fiscal year two years  earlier for the                                                               
               retirement   of   principal    and   interest   on                                                               
               outstanding  bonds, notes,  or other  indebtedness                                                               
               incurred   after   June 30,   1978,   and   before                                                               
               January 1,   1982,   to   pay  costs   of   school                                                               
               construction      projects     approved      under                                                               
               AS 14.07.020(a)(11);                                                                                             
                         (B)  cash payments made after June 30,                                                                 
               1978,   and   before    July 1,   1982,   by   the                                                               
               municipality  during  the  fiscal year  two  years                                                               
               earlier  to  pay   costs  of  school  construction                                                               
               projects approved under AS 14.07.020(a)(11);                                                                     
                    (4)  subject to (h) and (i) of this section,                                                                
               up to 90 percent of                                                                                              
                         (A)  payments made by the municipality                                                                 
               during the current fiscal  year for the retirement                                                               
               of  principal and  interest on  outstanding bonds,                                                               
               notes,  or   other  indebtedness   incurred  after                                                               
               December 31,   1981,   and   authorized   by   the                                                               
               qualified  voters   of  the   municipality  before                                                               
               July 1,   1983,    to   pay   costs    of   school                                                               
               construction,  additions  to  schools,  and  major                                                               
               rehabilitation  projects that  exceed $25,000  and                                                               
               are approved under AS 14.07.020(a)(11);                                                                          
                         (B)  cash payments made after June 30,                                                                 
               1982,   and   before    July 1,   1983,   by   the                                                               
               municipality  during  the  fiscal year  two  years                                                               
               earlier  to  pay  costs  of  school  construction,                                                               
               additions  to  schools, and  major  rehabilitation                                                               
               projects  that  exceed  $25,000 and  are  approved                                                               
               under AS 14.07.020(a)(11); and                                                                                   
                         (C)  payments made by the municipality                                                                 
               during the current fiscal  year for the retirement                                                               
               of  principal and  interest on  outstanding bonds,                                                               
               notes,  or  other  indebtedness to  pay  costs  of                                                               
               school  construction,  additions to  schools,  and                                                               
               major rehabilitation projects  that exceed $25,000                                                               
               and are  submitted to the department  for approval                                                               
               under  AS 14.07.020(a)(11)  before  July 1,  1983,                                                               
               and  approved  by  the  qualified  voters  of  the                                                               
               municipality  before  October 15,   1983,  not  to                                                               
               exceed a  total project cost of  (i) $6,600,000 if                                                               
               the   annual   growth   rate  of   average   daily                                                               
               membership of the municipality  is more than seven                                                               
               percent  but   less  than  12  percent,   or  (ii)                                                               
               $20,000,000 if  the annual growth rate  of average                                                               
               daily  membership   of  the  municipality   is  12                                                               
               percent or  more; payments made by  a municipality                                                               
               under  this subparagraph  on  total project  costs                                                               
               that exceed  the amounts set  out in (i)  and (ii)                                                               
               of  this subparagraph  are  subject  to (5)(A)  of                                                               
               this subsection;                                                                                                 
                    (5)   subject to (h)  - (j) of  this section,                                                               
               80 percent of                                                                                                    
                         (A)  payments made by the municipality                                                                 
               during  the  fiscal  year for  the  retirement  of                                                               
               principal  and  interest   on  outstanding  bonds,                                                               
               notes,  or other  indebtedness  authorized by  the                                                               
               qualified voters of the municipality                                                                             
                              (i)  after June 30, 1983, but                                                                     
                    before  March 31,  1990,   to  pay  costs  of                                                               
                    school  construction,  additions to  schools,                                                               
                    and   major   rehabilitation  projects   that                                                               
                    exceed   $25,000  and   are  approved   under                                                               
                    AS 14.07.020(a)(11); or                                                                                     
                              (ii)  before July 1, 1989, and                                                                    
                    reauthorized before November 1,  1989, to pay                                                               
                    costs  of school  construction, additions  to                                                               
                    schools,  and  major rehabilitation  projects                                                               
                    that exceed $25,000 and are approved under                                                                  
                    AS 14.07.020(a)(11); and                                                                                    
                         (B)  cash payments made after June 30,                                                                 
               1983, by  the municipality during the  fiscal year                                                               
               two  years   earlier  to   pay  costs   of  school                                                               
               construction,  additions  to  schools,  and  major                                                               
               rehabilitation  projects that  exceed $25,000  and                                                               
               are  approved  by  the department  before  July 1,                                                               
               1990, under AS 14.07.020(a)(11);                                                                                 
                    (6)  subject to (h) - (j) and (m) of this                                                                   
          section,   70  percent   of   payments   made  by   the                                                               
          municipality during the fiscal  year for the retirement                                                               
          of principal and interest  on outstanding bonds, notes,                                                               
          or  other  indebtedness  authorized  by  the  qualified                                                               
          voters of the municipality  on or after April 30, 1993,                                                               
          but  before  July 1,  1996,  to  pay  costs  of  school                                                               
          construction,   additions   to   schools,   and   major                                                               
          rehabilitation  projects that  exceed $200,000  and are                                                               
          approved under AS 14.07.020(a)(11);                                                                                   
                    (7)  subject to (h) - (j) and (m) of this                                                                   
          section,   70  percent   of   payments   made  by   the                                                               
          municipality during the fiscal  year for the retirement                                                               
          of principal and interest  on outstanding bonds, notes,                                                               
          or  other  indebtedness  authorized  by  the  qualified                                                               
          voters of  the municipality  after March 31,  1990, but                                                               
          before  April 30,   1993,  to   pay  costs   of  school                                                               
          construction,   additions   to   schools,   and   major                                                               
          rehabilitation projects;                                                                                              
                    (8)  subject to (h), (i), (j)(2) - (5), and                                                                 
          (n) of  this section and  after projects funded  by the                                                               
          bonds, notes, or other  indebtedness have been approved                                                               
          by  the commissioner,  70 percent  of payments  made by                                                               
          the  municipality  during  the   fiscal  year  for  the                                                               
          retirement  of principal  and  interest on  outstanding                                                               
          bonds, notes,  or other indebtedness authorized  by the                                                               
          qualified  voters  of  the  municipality  on  or  after                                                               
          July 1, 1995, but before July 1,  1998, to pay costs of                                                               
          school  construction, additions  to schools,  and major                                                               
          rehabilitation  projects that  exceed $200,000  and are                                                               
          approved under AS 14.07.020(a)(11);                                                                                   
                    (9)  subject to (h), (i), (j)(2) - (5), and                                                                 
          (n) of  this section and  after projects funded  by the                                                               
          bonds, notes, or other  indebtedness have been approved                                                               
          by  the commissioner,  70 percent  of payments  made by                                                               
          the  municipality  during  the   fiscal  year  for  the                                                               
          retirement  of principal  and  interest on  outstanding                                                               
          bonds, notes,  or other indebtedness authorized  by the                                                               
          qualified  voters  of  the  municipality  on  or  after                                                               
          July 1, 1998, but before July 1,  2006, to pay costs of                                                               
          school  construction, additions  to schools,  and major                                                               
          rehabilitation  projects that  exceed $200,000  and are                                                               
          approved under AS 14.07.020(a)(11);                                                                                   
                    (10)  subject to (h), (i), and (j)(2) - (5)                                                             
          [, AND (o)] of this  section, and after projects funded                                                               
          by the  bonds, notes,  or other indebtedness  have been                                                               
          approved by  the commissioner,  70 percent  of payments                                                               
          made  by the  municipality during  the fiscal  year for                                                               
          the   retirement   of   principal   and   interest   on                                                               
          outstanding   bonds,  notes,   or  other   indebtedness                                                               
          authorized by the qualified  voters of the municipality                                                               
          on  or after  June 30,  1998, to  pay  costs of  school                                                               
          construction,   additions   to   schools,   and   major                                                               
          rehabilitation  projects  that   exceed  $200,000,  are                                                               
          approved   under  AS 14.07.020(a)(11),   and  are   not                                                               
          reimbursed under (n) of this section;                                                                                 
                    (11)  subject to (h), (i), and (j)(2) - (5)                                                                 
          of  this  section, and  after  projects  funded by  the                                                               
          bonds, notes, or other  indebtedness have been approved                                                               
          by the commissioner,  70 percent of payments  made by a                                                               
          municipality during the fiscal  year for the retirement                                                               
          of principal and interest  on outstanding bonds, notes,                                                               
          or  other  indebtedness  authorized  by  the  qualified                                                               
          voters of  the municipality on or  after June 30, 1999,                                                               
          but  before January 1,  2005, to  pay  costs of  school                                                               
          construction,   additions   to   schools,   and   major                                                               
          rehabilitation    projects     and    education-related                                                               
          facilities  that exceed  $200,000,  are approved  under                                                               
          AS 14.07.020(a)(11), and  are not reimbursed  under (n)                                                               
          [OR (o)] of this section;                                                                                             
                    (12)  subject to (h), (i), and (j)(2), (3),                                                                 
          and (5)  of this section,  60 percent of  payments made                                                               
          by  a  municipality  during the  fiscal  year  for  the                                                               
          retirement  of principal  and  interest on  outstanding                                                               
          bonds, notes,  or other indebtedness authorized  by the                                                               
          qualified  voters  of  the  municipality  on  or  after                                                               
          June 30,  1999,  but  before January 1,  2005,  to  pay                                                               
          costs  of school  construction,  additions to  schools,                                                               
          and  major   rehabilitation  projects   and  education-                                                               
          related facilities  that exceed $200,000,  are reviewed                                                               
          under  AS 14.07.020(a)(11),  and   are  not  reimbursed                                                               
          under (n) [OR (o)] of this section;                                                                                   
                    (13)  subject to (h), (i), and (j)(2) - (5)                                                             
          [, AND (p)] of this  section, and after projects funded                                                               
          by the  tax exempt bonds, notes,  or other indebtedness                                                               
          have been  approved by the commissioner,  70 percent of                                                               
          payments made by a municipality  during the fiscal year                                                               
          for  the  retirement  of   principal  and  interest  on                                                               
          outstanding   tax  exempt   bonds,   notes,  or   other                                                               
          indebtedness authorized by the  qualified voters of the                                                               
          municipality  on or  after  June 30,  1999, but  before                                                               
          October 31, 2006, to pay  costs of school construction,                                                               
          additions   to   schools,  and   major   rehabilitation                                                               
          projects and  education-related facilities  that exceed                                                               
          $200,000, are  approved under  AS 14.07.020(a)(11), and                                                               
          are not reimbursed under (n) [OR (o)] of this section;                                                                
                    (14)  subject to (h), (i), and (j)(2), (3),                                                             
          and  (5) [,  AND (p)]  of this  section, 60  percent of                                                               
          payments made by a municipality  during the fiscal year                                                               
          for  the  retirement  of   principal  and  interest  on                                                               
          outstanding   tax  exempt   bonds,   notes,  or   other                                                               
          indebtedness authorized by the  qualified voters of the                                                               
          municipality  on or  after  June 30,  1999, but  before                                                               
          October 31, 2006, to pay  costs of school construction,                                                               
          additions   to   schools,  and   major   rehabilitation                                                               
          projects and  education-related facilities  that exceed                                                               
          $200,000, are  reviewed under  AS 14.07.020(a)(11), and                                                               
          are not reimbursed under (n) [OR (o)] of this section;                                                                
                    (15)  subject to (h), (i), and (j)(2) - (5)                                                             
          [, AND (q)] of this  section, and after projects funded                                                               
          by the  bonds, notes,  or other indebtedness  have been                                                               
          approved by  the commissioner,  90 percent  of payments                                                               
          made by a  municipality during the fiscal  year for the                                                               
          retirement  of principal  and  interest on  outstanding                                                               
          bonds, notes,  or other indebtedness authorized  by the                                                               
          qualified  voters  of  the  municipality  on  or  after                                                               
          June 30,  1999, but  before  October 31,  2006, to  pay                                                               
          costs  of school  construction,  additions to  schools,                                                               
          and  major   rehabilitation  projects   and  education-                                                               
          related facilities  that exceed $200,000,  are approved                                                               
          under   AS 14.07.020(a)(11),   meet  the   10   percent                                                               
          participating share requirement  for a municipal school                                                               
          district under  the former participating  share amounts                                                               
          required under AS 14.11.008(b),  and are not reimbursed                                                               
          under (n) [OR (o)] of this section;                                                                                   
                    (16)  subject to (h), (i), and (j)(2) - (5)                                                                 
          of this section,  and after projects funded  by the tax                                                               
          exempt bonds,  notes, or  other indebtedness  have been                                                               
          approved by  the commissioner,  70 percent  of payments                                                               
          made by a  municipality during the fiscal  year for the                                                               
          retirement  of principal  and  interest on  outstanding                                                               
          tax   exempt  bonds,   notes,  or   other  indebtedness                                                               
          authorized by the qualified  voters of the municipality                                                               
          on  or after  October 1,  2006,  but before  January 1,                                                               
          2015, to  pay costs  of school  construction, additions                                                               
          to  schools,  and  major  rehabilitation  projects  and                                                               
          education-related facilities  that exceed  $200,000 and                                                           
          [,] are  approved under AS 14.07.020(a)(11) [,  AND ARE                                                               
          NOT REIMBURSED UNDER (o) OF THIS SECTION];                                                                            
                    (17)  subject to (h), (i), and (j)(2), (3),                                                                 
          and (5)  of this section,  60 percent of  payments made                                                               
          by  a  municipality  during the  fiscal  year  for  the                                                               
          retirement  of principal  and  interest on  outstanding                                                               
          tax   exempt  bonds,   notes,  or   other  indebtedness                                                               
          authorized by the qualified  voters of the municipality                                                               
          on  or after  October 1,  2006,  but before  January 1,                                                               
          2015, to  pay costs  of school  construction, additions                                                               
          to  schools,  and  major  rehabilitation  projects  and                                                               
          education-related facilities  that exceed  $200,000 and                                                           
          [,] are  reviewed under AS 14.07.020(a)(11) [,  AND ARE                                                               
          NOT REIMBURSED UNDER (o) OF THIS SECTION.                                                                             
                    (18)  REPEALED                                                                                              
                    (19)  SUBJECT TO (h), (i), AND (j)(2) - (5)                                                                 
          OF THIS SECTION,  AND AFTER PROJECTS FUNDED  BY THE TAX                                                               
          EXEMPT BONDS,  NOTES, OR  OTHER INDEBTEDNESS  HAVE BEEN                                                               
          APPROVED BY  THE COMMISSIONER,  50 PERCENT  OF PAYMENTS                                                               
          MADE BY A  MUNICIPALITY DURING THE FISCAL  YEAR FOR THE                                                               
          RETIREMENT OF PRINCIPAL OF  AND INTEREST ON OUTSTANDING                                                               
          TAX   EXEMPT  BONDS,   NOTES,  OR   OTHER  INDEBTEDNESS                                                               
          AUTHORIZED BY THE QUALIFIED  VOTERS OF THE MUNICIPALITY                                                               
          ON  OR AFTER  JULY  1,  2020, TO  PAY  COSTS OF  SCHOOL                                                               
          CONSTRUCTION,   ADDITIONS   TO   SCHOOLS,   AND   MAJOR                                                               
          REHABILITATION    PROJECTS     AND    EDUCATION-RELATED                                                               
          FACILITIES  THAT EXCEED  $200,000,  ARE APPROVED  UNDER                                                               
          AS 14.07.020(a)(11), AND  ARE NOT REIMBURSED  UNDER (o)                                                               
          OF THIS SECTION;                                                                                                      
                    (20)  SUBJECT TO (h), (i), AND (j)(2), (3),                                                                 
          AND (5)  OF THIS SECTION,  40 PERCENT OF  PAYMENTS MADE                                                               
          BY  A  MUNICIPALITY  DURING THE  FISCAL  YEAR  FOR  THE                                                               
          RETIREMENT OF PRINCIPAL OF  AND INTEREST ON OUTSTANDING                                                               
          TAX   EXEMPT  BONDS,   NOTES,  OR   OTHER  INDEBTEDNESS                                                               
          AUTHORIZED BY THE QUALIFIED  VOTERS OF THE MUNICIPALITY                                                               
          ON  OR AFTER  JULY  1,  2020, TO  PAY  COSTS OF  SCHOOL                                                               
          CONSTRUCTION,   ADDITIONS   TO   SCHOOLS,   AND   MAJOR                                                               
          REHABILITATION    PROJECTS     AND    EDUCATION-RELATED                                                               
          FACILITIES  THAT EXCEED  $200,000,  ARE REVIEWED  UNDER                                                               
          AS 14.07.020(a)(11), AND  ARE NOT REIMBURSED  UNDER (o)                                                               
          OF THIS SECTION].                                                                                                     
        * Sec. 5. AS 14.11.100(s) is amended to read:                                                                         
               (s)  Notwithstanding any other provision of law,                                                                 
          the  commissioner may  not approve  an application  for                                                               
          bond  debt reimbursement  made  by  a municipality  for                                                               
          school   construction   or    major   maintenance   for                                                               
          indebtedness authorized by the  qualified voters of the                                                               
          municipality on or after January  1, 2015 [, BUT BEFORE                                                               
          JULY 1, 2020].                                                                                                        
        * Sec. 6. AS 14.11.102(c) is amended to read:                                                                         
               (c)  The commissioner may not allocate funds to a                                                                
          municipality under  AS 14.11.100 for the  retirement of                                                               
          the  principal  of  and interest  on  outstanding  tax-                                                               
          exempt bonds,  notes, or other  indebtedness authorized                                                               
          by  the  qualified voters  of  the  municipality on  or                                                               
          after January 1, 2015 [, BUT BEFORE JULY 1, 2020]."                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
     Renumber the following bill sections accordingly.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
     Page 6, lines 9 - 14:                                                                                                      
          Delete all material.                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
     Renumber the following bill sections accordingly.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
     Page 6, line 15:                                                                                                           
          Delete "14.11.100, 14.11.102, and AS 37.15.011(b)(2)"                                                                 
          Insert "14.11.100(o), 14.11.100(p), and 14.11.100(q)"                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
     Page 6, following line 15:                                                                                                 
          Insert new bill sections to read:                                                                                     
      "* Sec. 10. Section 6, ch. 3, SLA 2015, is repealed.                                                                  
        * Sec. 11. The uncodified law of the State of Alaska is                                                               
     amended by adding a new section to read:                                                                                   
          APPLICABILITY.   This   Act   applies  to   bond   debt                                                               
     reimbursement for school construction and major maintenance                                                                
     incurred by a municipality on or after the effective date                                                                  
     of this Act."                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
     Renumber the following bill sections accordingly.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
     Page 6, line 21:                                                                                                           
          Delete all material and insert:                                                                                       
        "* Sec. 13. This Act takes effect July 1, 2019."                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
5:03:03 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR STEVENS objected for purposes of discussion.                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
5:03:17 PM                                                                                                                    
At ease                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
5:04:27 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR STEVENS reconvened the meeting.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
TOM   WRIGHT,  Staff,   Senator   Mia   Costello,  Alaska   State                                                               
Legislature,  apologized for  being  late but  said  he had  been                                                               
working out some  details with the Department  of Education. They                                                               
will offer some explanations about a  few changes that need to be                                                               
made in the  amendment. Amendment 1 doesn't do  anything with the                                                               
moratorium after January 1, 2015.  It reinstates the language for                                                               
the   debt  that   was  incurred   prior  to   that  date.   When                                                               
municipalities  issued their  bond  debt, they  had an  agreement                                                               
that they  would be  reimbursed at  a certain  percentage ranging                                                               
from  60 to  90  percent. It  restores that  debt  prior to  that                                                               
January 1,  2015, date.  There is  a lot  of extra  language that                                                               
references all the debt that  was incurred before that January 1,                                                               
2015 date.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR STEVENS said that it has  no impact after January 1 of this                                                               
year, but it  does reinstate prior arrangements they  had on that                                                               
debt.                                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
MR.  WRIGHT  answered  yes,  subject   to  appropriation  by  the                                                               
legislature.                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR BEGICH clarified  that the bill with  the amendment would                                                               
still terminate  the program,  but not the  prior debt  that they                                                               
are already paying on.                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
MR. WRIGHT replied that is correct.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
5:06:20 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR BEGICH  clarified that the  debt payments would  still be                                                               
subject to appropriation for those prior years.                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
MR. WRIGHT replied that is correct.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR STEVENS said  he realized that this is short  notice on a                                                               
complex issue.                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
5:06:48 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR HUGHES said she understood  that the state would still be                                                               
on the hook for things prior  to 2015. Between 2015 and now there                                                               
has  been a  moratorium. She  asked  if going  forward, it  would                                                               
repeal  it, which  means  the organized  boroughs  would pay  100                                                               
percent  of school  construction costs  and unorganized  boroughs                                                               
would  still  access  100  percent of  state  funding  for  their                                                               
capital projects for schools.                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
MR. WRIGHT  deferred to the  department, but he  understands that                                                               
is correct.                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR  BEGICH  said  that even  the  unorganized  boroughs  are                                                               
required  to do  some minimal  capital matching,  perhaps two  or                                                               
five percent.                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
MR.   WRIGHT  said   this  amendment   has  some   references  to                                                               
subsections (o), (p), and (q)  scattered throughout the bill that                                                               
the department  thinks would  be better to  leave in  rather than                                                               
delete  because  of  some  nuances  with  the  school  bond  debt                                                               
reimbursement program.  They are here  to explain why  they think                                                               
it is better to leave in the references.                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  STEVENS  asked   him  to  direct  the   committee  to  the                                                               
references.                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
MR. WRIGHT made the following references:                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
     Page 4, line 16: [,AND (o)]                                                                                                
     Page 5, line 1                                                                                                             
     Page 5, line 8                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR STEVENS clarified that the concern is about "and."                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
MR. WRIGHT  responded (o), (p), and  (q). He referred to  page 5,                                                               
line 10.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR STEVENS said he didn't see an (o) there                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
MR. WRIGHT said there is a (p).                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
MR. WRIGHT made the following references:                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
     Page 5, line 18: [OR (o)]                                                                                                  
     Page 5, line 19: [AND (p)]                                                                                                 
     Page 5, line 26: [OR (o)]                                                                                                  
     Page 5, line 27: [AND (q)]                                                                                                 
     Page 6, line 5: [OR (o)]                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
MR. WRIGHT  said the department  recommended the language  in the                                                               
following references stay in and not be deleted:                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
     Page 6, line 15 [,AND ARE NOT REIMBURSED UNDER (o) OF THIS                                                                 
     SECTION]                                                                                                                   
     Page 6, lines 22 and 23 [, AND ARE NOT REIMBURSED UNDER (o)                                                                
     OF THS SECTION.                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR STEVENS said so that would not be deleted.                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
MR. WRIGHT said  that is correct. On the last  page, line 8, they                                                               
would  not delete  those sections.  They would  delete 14.11.100,                                                               
but  where it  says, "insert  14.11.100(o), (p),  and (q),"  they                                                               
would leave those in and not repeal them.                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR STEVENS asked if that was on page 7, line 8.                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
MR. WRIGHT said  that it is on  page 8, line 6.  They would leave                                                               
those in place  instead of repealing them. He  apologized for the                                                               
lateness of  the change, but he  was just informed about  this by                                                               
the department.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR STEVENS  asked the department  representatives to  speak to                                                               
the changes to Amendment 1.                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
5:12:23 PM                                                                                                                    
HEIDI TESHNER,  Director, Administrative Services,  Department of                                                               
Education and Early Development (DEED), Juneau, Alaska and                                                                      
ELWIN BLACKWELL, School Finance  Manager, Department of Education                                                               
and   Early  Development   (DEED),  Juneau,   Alaska,  introduced                                                               
themselves.                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR STEVENS asked them to explain their recommended changes.                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
MR. BLACKWELL  said the references to  o, p, and q  reference the                                                               
part  of the  statute  that sets  some limits  on  the amount  of                                                               
principal that  the department can approve  for capital projects.                                                               
The department  noticed that  they left subsections  m and  n in,                                                               
which also set limits on  how much principal the department could                                                               
approve  during  those  earlier   time  frames.  It  didn't  seem                                                               
reasonable to  leave some limitations  in and take some  out. One                                                               
of  the other  concerns is  that if  they took  those limitations                                                               
out, there could  be some old voter authorization  out there that                                                               
was not sold and they could  come back and ask the department for                                                               
approval.  He  doesn't  know  if  any  are  out  there,  but  the                                                               
possibility exists. The recommendation  is to leave that boundary                                                               
in  there.  It  doesn't  affect  what  the  amendment  does.  The                                                               
amendment would  keep any new items  from coming in but  keep the                                                               
program open for reimbursement for currently outstanding debt.                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
5:14:46 PM                                                                                                                    
MS. TESHNER  said in  response to  Senator Hughes'  question, the                                                               
major  maintenance  and  school   construction  program  that  is                                                               
currently  set out  in statute  would  continue. REAAs  [Regional                                                               
Educational Attendance  Areas] and cities and  boroughs can apply                                                               
for   reimbursement   under   that.  They   can   still   request                                                               
reimbursement for a school construction  project that is not debt                                                               
related.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR HUGHES  said that Senator  Begich indicated  that perhaps                                                               
some of the borough schools have a required match.                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
MS. TESHNER  replied that  any project  approved under  the major                                                               
maintenance  or   school  construction   grant  programs   has  a                                                               
participating share, which is like a  match. It is 20 percent for                                                               
municipalities and two percent for the REAAs.                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  STEVENS  said  that  Mr.   Wright  went  through  specific                                                               
changes. He asked if the department is fine with those.                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
MS. TESHNER said they are.                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR BEGICH  asked if  a conceptual  amendment to  Amendment 1                                                               
was required to incorporate those changes.                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR STEVENS replied yes.                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
5:16:09 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR BEGICH moved the conceptual amendment.                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR STEVENS  said they  have a  motion on  the floor,  which is                                                               
Amendment 1 and Senator Begich is amending the amendment.                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
5:16:17 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR BEGICH explained  that it is to ensure  that the sections                                                               
Mr. Wright identified earlier are  appropriately removed from the                                                               
amendment, consequently being placed back  in law, if Amendment 1                                                               
and the bill were to pass.                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
5:16:33 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR  STEVENS   asked  if  there   was  any  objection   to  the                                                               
[conceptual amendment to Amendment 1].                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
5:16:40 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR COSTELLO  said she considers  that a  friendly amendment.                                                               
It  would retain  sections  (o),  (p), and  (q)  in the  original                                                               
[Amendment 1].                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
5:16:56 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR STEVENS found  no objection and the  amendment to Amendment                                                               
1 passed.  He noted the  original amendment, A.1, was  before the                                                               
committee. He  removed his objection  and asked if there  was any                                                               
further objection.                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR  COSTELLO  said it  was  important  that the  legislative                                                               
branch  maintain  trust with  the  public  and entities  they  do                                                               
business  with. She  sees this  amendment  as an  effort to  keep                                                               
their word and is appreciative of support for it.                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
5:17:41 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR STEVENS  found no  objection and  Amendment 1,  as amended,                                                               
passed. He solicited a motion.                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
5:18:11 PM                                                                                                                    
At ease                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
5:18:17 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR STEVENS reconvened the meeting.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
5:1852 PM                                                                                                                     
SENATOR HUGHES moved SB 64,  Version A as amended, from committee                                                               
with individual recommendations and attached fiscal note(s).                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR STEVENS objected for purposes of discussion.                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR BEGICH said  he had a number of concerns  about the bill.                                                               
The amendment  meets one  of their obligations,  which is  to pay                                                               
past  debts.  When  the  administration  presented  the  bill,  a                                                               
comment was  made that when  voters voted  they knew there  was a                                                               
risk. He  would submit that voters  don't go into a  voting booth                                                               
with a lawyer  explaining the fine detail. They go  with the good                                                               
faith  of  the government  behind  them.  He likes  what  Senator                                                               
Costello has presented  here, but the actual bill  is damaging to                                                               
the  long-term future  of the  state  in terms  of eliminating  a                                                               
program that guarantees adequate facilities for students.                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR  BEGICH  said  there  are  constitutional  problems.  The                                                               
mechanism  that  was passed  in  2010  to partially  address  the                                                               
Kasayulie suit  was finely crafted  as part of a  consent decree.                                                               
The main  issue of the  lawsuit was  the arbitrary nature  of how                                                               
they funded schools, and the  court found the state was arbitrary                                                               
in the processes  of funding schools. The  mechanism was designed                                                               
to correct  that and rests on  an understanding that for  as much                                                               
bonded debt  that is  paid for  by the state,  there would  be an                                                               
equivalent  amount secured  for  rural schools,  both to  address                                                               
existing needs and  to make up for the inadequate  process of the                                                               
past.   Eliminating   the   bond   debt   reimbursement   program                                                               
invalidates that piece. There is a  section of the bill that says                                                               
that won't  happen and that  for a period  of time there  will be                                                               
deposits  in  the   rural  education  fund.  But   as  been  made                                                               
abundantly clear,  no legislature can bind  a future legislature.                                                               
That  is  why  the  mechanism   works.  The  net  consequence  of                                                               
supporting the bill itself means they will be back in court.                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR BEGICH said the 1999  court decision was dramatic. It was                                                               
not only  that they had  to change  a system of  building schools                                                               
that the court called arbitrary and  racist. It also called for a                                                               
reconstitution of  the public schools  lands trust.  The estimate                                                               
in 1999 was that it would  cost over $200 million to reconstitute                                                               
that trust. He  can't imagine what it would be  today. The entire                                                               
bill  presents a  substantial  risk to  the  legislature and  the                                                               
state. He  knows they will pass  the bill out of  committee today                                                               
and send it on to Finance. He will  be saying do not pass on this                                                               
bill.  He knows  it has  to have  one "do  pass" to  pass out  of                                                               
committee, but  he would  encourage them all  to think  about the                                                               
consequence in the long run. He  is not opposed to coming up with                                                               
strong,  sensible, and  decent fiscal  solutions  to the  state's                                                               
issues.  He  is   extraordinarily  worried  about  constitutional                                                               
issues  that  could cost  them  far  more than  this  legislation                                                               
intends to save.                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR STEVENS said  as he understands it, there  is a requirement                                                               
that there be one "do pass"  in the process. That could come from                                                               
Finance. It does not need to come from this committee.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR COSTELLO  said, after having  just recently  reviewed the                                                               
Uniform  Rules, it  is possible  for a  bill to  reach the  floor                                                               
without any  do passes through the  process. A vote on  the floor                                                               
would allow that  to occur. As they address  serious concerns and                                                               
significant bills,  they want to  move them through  the process,                                                               
so the committees  have a chance to review them.  She didn't want                                                               
any committee member  to think that it needs a  do pass. Her aide                                                               
could provide  the committee with  a copy  of the rule  if needed                                                               
for clarification.                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR STEVENS said  his key point is  that it does not  need a do                                                               
pass to move  it out of Education. What happens  after that is up                                                               
to the system. He asked if Senator Costello agreed with that.                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR COSTELLO answered yes.                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
5:24:36 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR BIRCH said,  "I don't like this bill. I  don't like it at                                                               
all. It  breaks with a  constitutional obligation."  He remembers                                                               
working  on schools  in  the mid80s  following  the Molly  Hootch                                                               
case.  A  young lady  had  the  courage  to  say that  the  state                                                               
constitution  requires   the  state  of  Alaska   to  provide  an                                                               
educational  program and  system  that  fulfills those  education                                                               
requirements. What  troubles him about  this proposal is  that it                                                               
dumps  a significant  financial  burden on  his constituents  and                                                               
others. A  $100 million  liability that shows  up in  the Mat-Su.                                                               
Other communities in the state  are burdened with the payment for                                                               
school  costs only  because they  are organized  boroughs with  a                                                               
structure for  raising taxes.  If he went  slightly north  of the                                                               
Mat-Su into Glenallen  or Tok or areas outside  of an unorganized                                                               
borough, the  state has full responsibility  and basically writes                                                               
a check  for all  aspects of that  education. He  recognizes that                                                               
they are looking at spending  responsibly. He absolutely supports                                                               
that. There is  a problem with the division  of authority between                                                               
local  school  districts  and  the  state  with  respect  to  how                                                               
individual  school districts  are  managed. There  is no  control                                                               
over contract terms and labor costs.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR BIRCH  said he really  struggles with this.  [The sponsor                                                               
statement  from the  governor] says,  "The  program, while  well-                                                               
intentioned,   has   become   unsustainable   and   unnecessary."                                                               
Unsustainable and unnecessary as  it relates to school engagement                                                               
by  the state  is  not an  option. The  state  has an  underlying                                                               
fiscal  responsibility for  maintaining the  program. He  is very                                                               
troubled by  this. The amendment  they adopted  is a step  in the                                                               
right direction, of course, but  he is troubled about pulling the                                                               
rug  out from  his constituents  in Anchorage  and, frankly,  any                                                               
organized borough in the state.                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR  HUGHES  said  that  in the  constitution  the  state  is                                                               
required to establish and maintain  their K-12 system. "Maintain"                                                               
can  involve  the actual  structures.  She  also shares  some  of                                                               
Senator Birch's  concern. If  she had  been better  prepared, she                                                               
would  have   brought  forward  an  amendment   that  instead  of                                                               
repealing from here on out  would extend the moratorium. They all                                                               
hope they get their fiscal house  in order. Work is being done to                                                               
diversify the  economy. They  could see  things turn  around. The                                                               
full  repeal  is problematic.  She  would  rather have  seen  the                                                               
moratorium extended  instead of repealing the  whole program. She                                                               
gets that  right now they  can't swing  it. She wants  to correct                                                               
something  she had  said in  another meeting.  She had  said they                                                               
were building schools in  her area at the rate of  a new school a                                                               
year.  It is  every  three to  four years,  but  they opened  Joe                                                               
Reddington High School  three years ago and it  already has eight                                                               
portables. They are already getting  enough students that at some                                                               
point they  will need to build  a new high school.  It seems like                                                               
they are  building a new  elementary school every time  they turn                                                               
around.  One hundred  percent of  this  would fall  on the  local                                                               
taxpayers'  backs  and in  some  parts  of  the state  the  local                                                               
residents don't share in the same  way. If down the road they get                                                               
their fiscal  house in order,  they should consider  being fairer                                                               
and  more  equitable  about   capital  construction  for  schools                                                               
statewide. Folks  back home are  concerned about what  this means                                                               
for their property taxes.                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR STEVENS said he, too,  is very concerned about this, having                                                               
been borough mayor and on the  school board. He is very concerned                                                               
about what this does to their communities.                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
5:29:44 PM                                                                                                                    
At ease                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
5:29:49 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR STEVENS  reconvened the meeting.  He removed  his objection                                                               
and there being  no further objection, CSSB  64(EDC) was reported                                                               
from the Senate Education Standing Committee.                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
5:30:32 PM                                                                                                                    
At ease                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
^CONFIRMATION    HEARING:    Professional   Teaching    Practices                                                               
Commission                                                                                                                      
                    CONFIRMATION HEARING(S)                                                                                 
           Professional Teaching Practices Commission                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
5:32:24 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR  STEVENS   announced  the   confirmation  hearing   of  the                                                               
governor's  appointee  to  the  Professional  Teaching  Practices                                                               
Commission  (PTPC),   Chris  Reitan.  He  asked   Mr.  Reitan  to                                                               
introduce himself and speak to  what he brings to the commission,                                                               
why he is interested in serving, and any goals he may have.                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
5:33:14 PM                                                                                                                    
CHRIS   REITAN,   Governor   Appointee,   Professional   Teaching                                                               
Practices  Commission, Craig,  Alaska, said  he has  25 years  of                                                               
public education experience  in the state of Alaska.  This is his                                                               
first year as superintendent with  Craig City School District. He                                                               
was  superintendent in  Galena  Cty School  District.  He has  21                                                               
years  as  an  administrator  in public  education,  eight  as  a                                                               
superintendent, two  as an assistant  superintendent, eight  as a                                                               
principal, and three  years as an assistant  principal. He brings                                                               
21  years of  administrative  experience of  working through  due                                                               
process  for   student  and   staff  issues.   He  has   a  solid                                                               
understanding  of  how state  and  federal  laws influence  board                                                               
policy and  negotiated agreements.  If there  are any  student or                                                               
staff disciplines,  he understands  what follows policy  and what                                                               
is appropriate given the circumstances.                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
MR. REITAN  said that  he is  interested on  serving on  the PTPC                                                               
because  of the  opportunity  to  collaborate with  professionals                                                               
across Alaska  to foster  and support  the best  public education                                                               
system in  the nation and  that they hold  themselves accountable                                                               
to  the   highest  standards   of  conduct   so  that   they  are                                                               
continuously improving  the levels  of services for  the students                                                               
they serve. His goals are to  increase and be more proactive with                                                               
communication. That is  an easy one to speak about.  It is always                                                               
more difficult to do it well  and in a strategic and precise way.                                                               
Through his  experience with a  number of  professional education                                                               
associations within the state, he  would say there is little true                                                               
understanding of what  the PTPC is and  what its responsibilities                                                               
are. It  is incumbent  upon the commission  members to  work more                                                               
closely with  the professional organizations  to share  the roles                                                               
the commission  plays in supporting  the entire  public education                                                               
process and making sure the code of ethics is front and center.                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR STEVENS  asked as superintendent  whether his  teachers had                                                               
in-services about the PTPC.                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
MR. REITAN replied that they  haven't touched upon that directly.                                                               
They have  when they  are working through  their own  due process                                                               
situations.  They let  people  know  that they  are  going to  be                                                               
sharing this  information with the  PTPC if appropriate.  When he                                                               
testified in front  of the House Education  Committee, there were                                                               
some comments about  when does the PTPC  conduct an investigation                                                               
and when is it done at  the local level. Everything starts at the                                                               
local  level. When  it comes  to potential  certification issues,                                                               
then  it  goes  to  the  PTPC   if  there  is  a  possibility  of                                                               
suspension, reprimand, or revocation  of certification. What they                                                               
can  do better  at the  local level  is work  with the  local NEA                                                               
[National Education Association] chapter  about how to share that                                                               
information with the teaching pool.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
5:37:24 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR BIRCH said  that one issue at the last  hearing was about                                                               
the engagement the  PTPC would have when a  teacher has displayed                                                               
"creepy" behavior. He asked how  an isolated incident in a school                                                               
would be shared  with the school district and  the commission. He                                                               
asked   if  there   are   confidentiality   provisions  and   how                                                               
information about a  problem employee could be  shared with other                                                               
school districts.                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
MR.  REITAN replied  that is  a complex  question with  a lot  of                                                               
nuances. Number  one, "creepy behavior"  of a staff member  has a                                                               
lot  of  different  definitions,  but what  does  happen  is  due                                                               
process and progressive discipline  at the local level. Depending                                                               
on the circumstances,  responses range from an oral  warning to a                                                               
written  reprimand to  suspension with  or without  pay and  then                                                               
termination. Those  are the processes for  progressive discipline                                                               
through  due  process.  However,   if  something  is  ongoing  or                                                               
egregious enough  that it  could move  to a  certification issue,                                                               
for  that  level  of  severity  he  would  share  with  the  PTPC                                                               
executive  director where  they were  in the  process. Once  they                                                               
were  done and  it was  an appropriate  move, they  would file  a                                                               
complaint with  PTPC. At  the local level  they deal  with issues                                                               
with  progressive discipline  and/or decisions  about maintaining                                                               
employment. If  it is  severe enough  to impact  certification it                                                               
moves to the  PTPC, which would take all the  evidence and make a                                                               
determination.                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR  BIRCH said  that  is helpful.  He  asked if  information                                                               
would  be   shared  across  districts  for   anything  less  than                                                               
termination or initiating a review of someone's license.                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
MR.  REITAN replied  yes, but  carefully.  If a  person is  still                                                               
employed with employment  rights, they must be  careful in regard                                                               
to  how references  are done.  Most  of that  is determined  with                                                               
reference  checks.  That  can   be  addressed  carefully  without                                                               
damaging someone's reputation.                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR BIRCH said  that from his experience,  references have to                                                               
be plain vanilla or someone  runs the risk of impugning someone's                                                               
character or  professional reputation.  He was curious  about the                                                               
interplay between individual districts and the PTPC.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
5:42:33 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR BEGICH  asked if Mr.  Reitan's name was submitted  by the                                                               
superintendent advisory commission.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
MR. REITAN answered yes.                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR BEGICH said that AS  14.20.470, powers of the commission,                                                               
includes  making recommendations  to board  and school  boards to                                                               
promote improvements in  the teaching profession. He  asked if he                                                               
is comfortable with that role.                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
MR. REITAN replied  yes, of course. The more  that information is                                                               
shared with people the better the organization is.                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR  BEGICH  said another  part  of  the responsibilities  is                                                               
letting the  legislature know  ways they  might improve  laws. He                                                               
asked if Mr. Reitan is willing to do that.                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
MR. REITAN responded of course, where appropriate.                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR BEGICH  said the statute  refers to illegal,  immoral, or                                                               
unethical conduct. He asked Mr.  Reitan how he would characterize                                                               
that word immoral and what does it mean to him.                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
MR. REITAN replied  that he would go back to  the code of ethics.                                                               
That  has  to  be  the   foundation  as  to  how  the  commission                                                               
determines that  because it  is codified  in state  statute. They                                                               
all  have different  biases,  lens, and  life  experience. It  is                                                               
clearly  defined  in  the  code  of  ethics.  That  must  be  the                                                               
foundation of all their decisions.                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR HUGHES said everything starts  locally and a district may                                                               
be able  to handle  something. She  wondered how  consistent they                                                               
are they  with dealing  with state  certification issues.  In the                                                               
Judiciary   Committee,   they   have  had   conversations   about                                                               
consistency with  parole officers  and probation.  Officers might                                                               
treat  people in  the same  situation differently.  Someone might                                                               
get an  infraction and another  person might not. She  is looking                                                               
at the  issue of  consistency and fairness  for Alaskans.  She is                                                               
wondering if  the PTPC gives  guidelines to districts  about what                                                               
should come to  the PTPC. She asked if one  district could handle                                                               
something in-house with no loss  of certification whereas another                                                               
district might pass  a similar case on to the  PTPC. She asked if                                                               
there are  PTPC guidelines  to make it  fair or is  it up  to the                                                               
district.                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
MR.  REITAN replied  that  is  a good  and  complex question.  In                                                               
general, most of the time it  is handled uniformly. If it is such                                                               
an  egregious issue  the district's  first  responsibility is  to                                                               
begin the  due process  investigation at the  local level  and if                                                               
necessary, work with law enforcement.  If that is necessary, then                                                               
that should be a sign that  the PTPC should be at least notified.                                                               
The PTPC won't  be involved until it has run  through the process                                                               
at the  local level.  If it  is against the  code of  ethics with                                                               
clear  concerns that  are  either  contractual or  abuse-related,                                                               
that needs to  be shared with the PTPC, but  the PTPC doesn't get                                                               
involved until it has run its course at the local level.                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
5:48:44 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR HUGHES asked if it  is illegal, are districts required to                                                               
communicate   with   the  PTPC   or   is   it  up   to   district                                                               
administrators. They  would expect  that, but  are administrators                                                               
required to and do they always.                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
MR. REITAN  replied that he  can't answer  if they always  do. He                                                               
can  only speak  from his  personal experience  about how  he has                                                               
collaborated  with  the PTPC.  Districts  have  an obligation  to                                                               
share with the  PTPC if it is egregious behavior  that could be a                                                               
potential certification issue.                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR HUGHES  said if  he is  confirmed, she  would ask  him to                                                               
consider whether districts are provided  guidelines about when to                                                               
be   in  communication   with   the  PTPC   and   to  make   sure                                                               
administrators across  the state have  a good handle on  the code                                                               
of ethics.  She asked  him if  superintendents are  well informed                                                               
about the code of ethics as  opposed to having a general sense of                                                               
what is  ethical. In several  hearings, people have  talked about                                                               
how specific the code is.                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
MR.  REITAN answered  that once  again that  he cannot  speak for                                                               
every administrator.  He would hope  that every  administrator is                                                               
aware,  but  that includes  questions  of  how deeply  aware  are                                                               
administrators, how  often are  they revisiting  it, and  how are                                                               
they   sharing  that   information  with   others  within   their                                                               
districts. She is  touching upon an important piece  about how to                                                               
standardize  practice   across  the   state  with  how   PTPC  is                                                               
interacting  with  districts  and   vice  versa.  She  raised  an                                                               
important   question  about   how  to   provide  guidelines   and                                                               
standardize that  work. That is  a noble and  important direction                                                               
for the commission to move.                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR STEVENS said  they learned earlier that there  is a booklet                                                               
that needs  to be  updated and  that might  be something  to look                                                               
into.                                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
5:52:21 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR  STEVENS opened  public  testimony  and after  ascertaining                                                               
there was none, closed public testimony. He solicited a motion.                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
5:52:31 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR HUGHES  moved that in  accordance with AS  39.05.080, the                                                               
Senate Education  Standing Committee  reviewed the  following and                                                               
recommends the  appointment be forwarded  to a joint  session for                                                               
consideration:                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
Professional Teaching Practices Commission                                                                                    
Chris Reitan                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
5:52:47 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR  STEVENS  found no  objection  and  the motion  passed.  He                                                               
reminded members that signing  the reports regarding appointments                                                               
to boards and commissions in  no way reflects individual members'                                                               
approval or  disapproval of the  appointees; the  nominations are                                                               
merely  forwarded to  the full  legislature  for confirmation  or                                                               
rejection.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
5:53:03 PM                                                                                                                    
At ease                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
5:53:07 PM                                                                                                                    
There being  no further  business to  come before  the committee,                                                               
Chair Stevens  adjourned the Senate Education  Standing Committee                                                               
at 5:53 p.m.                                                                                                                    

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SB079_Ed Transformation Act_Bill Text_Version S.pdf SEDC 4/15/2019 9:00:00 AM
SB 79
SB079_Ed Transformation Act_Support_AK Digital Academy_11April2019.pdf SEDC 4/15/2019 9:00:00 AM
SB 79
SB079_EducationTransformation_Sectional_Version S_14April2019.pdf SEDC 4/15/2019 9:00:00 AM
SB 79
SB079_EducationTransformation_Explanation of Changes From Version U to S _14April2019.pdf SEDC 4/15/2019 9:00:00 AM
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