Legislature(2013 - 2014)SENATE FINANCE 532

04/10/2014 09:00 AM FINANCE


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09:08:22 AM Start
09:11:01 AM HB278
09:12:53 AM Public Testimony
11:38:52 AM Adjourn
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CS FOR HOUSE BILL NO. 278(FIN) am                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
     "An Act increasing the base  student allocation used in                                                                    
     the  formula for  state  funding  of public  education;                                                                    
     relating  to  the  exemption   from  jury  service  for                                                                    
     certain  teachers;  relating  to   the  powers  of  the                                                                    
     Department   of   Education  and   Early   Development;                                                                    
     relating to  high school  course credit  earned through                                                                    
     assessment;  relating  to school  performance  reports;                                                                    
     relating to  assessments; establishing a  public school                                                                    
     and  school   district  grading  system;   relating  to                                                                    
     charter  schools and  student transportation;  relating                                                                    
     to residential school  applications; relating to tenure                                                                    
     of  public school  teachers;  relating to  unemployment                                                                    
     contributions for  the Alaska technical  and vocational                                                                    
     education  program;  relating  to earning  high  school                                                                    
     credit for  completion of vocational  education courses                                                                    
     offered   by  institutions   receiving  technical   and                                                                    
     vocational  education  program   funding;  relating  to                                                                    
     schools  operated by  a federal  agency; relating  to a                                                                    
     grant for  school districts; relating to  education tax                                                                    
     credits;   establishing  an   optional  municipal   tax                                                                    
     exemption for  privately owned real property  rented or                                                                    
     leased  for  use as  a  charter  school; requiring  the                                                                    
     Department of Administration to  provide a proposal for                                                                    
     a salary  and benefits  schedule for  school districts;                                                                    
     making  conforming  amendments;  and providing  for  an                                                                    
     effective date."                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
9:11:01 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Vice-Chair  Fairclough asked  that the  testifiers speak  to                                                                    
specific  aspects  of the  bill.  She  shared that  she  had                                                                    
received  many   letters  opposing  the  entire   bill,  but                                                                    
specifically   addressed   tenure.   She  hoped   that   the                                                                    
testifiers  would speak  about specific  parts of  the bill,                                                                    
rather than the entire bill.                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
^PUBLIC TESTIMONY                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
9:12:53 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
KENNY   POWERS,  PARENT,   ANCHORAGE,  felt   that  he   was                                                                    
representing all  of Alaska. He  remarked that  investing in                                                                    
education  was  very importing.  He  felt  that funding  was                                                                    
extremely   important  for   education.   He  stressed   the                                                                    
importance  of   educating  children.   He  felt   that  the                                                                    
committee  should  exceed  the  funding  requests  from  the                                                                    
Anchorage School District. He  encouraged attendance for the                                                                    
Alaska Folk Festival.                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Kelly asked what instrument  Mr. Powers played. Mr.                                                                    
Powers  responded that  he came  to Juneau  to dance  at the                                                                    
Alaska Folk Festival.                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Meyer remarked that he  looked forward to attending                                                                    
the   Alaska  Folk   Festival.  Mr.   Powers  restated   his                                                                    
testimony, reiterating the importance of education funding.                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
9:17:40 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
DEENA   MITCHELL,   CO-FOUNDER,    GREAT   ALASKA   SCHOOLS,                                                                    
ANCHORAGE, testified in support  increasing the Base Student                                                                    
Allocation (BSA). She shared that  there was a petition from                                                                    
Great  Alaska  Schools (copy  on  file).  She stressed  that                                                                    
Alaska  was   a  great  state,  and   felt  that  increasing                                                                    
education funding. She  felt that the schools  must be fully                                                                    
funded  and  fully-staffed,  otherwise lace  of  improvement                                                                    
will be blamed on lack of  funding. She urged a BSA increase                                                                    
of $400 and $100 each year for the next two years.                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
Senator  Dunleavy   requested  a  copy  of   Ms.  Mitchell's                                                                    
testimony.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
9:21:03 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
ALYSE GADVIN, LEADER, GREAT  ALASKA SCHOOLS, ANCHORAGE, felt                                                                    
that  education funding  should not  be lacking,  because of                                                                    
the fear  of fiscal  crisis. She  urged secure  funding, and                                                                    
understood  that   it  was  difficult  to   obtain  accurate                                                                    
information.                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair  Meyer appreciated  Ms.  Gadvin's participation  in                                                                    
the process.                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
9:24:59 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
RON  FUHRER,   PRESIDENT,  NATIONAL   EDUCATION  ASSOCIATION                                                                    
ALASKA,   JUNEAU,  stated   that   the  National   Education                                                                    
Association (NEA)  of Alaska had six  principles: make every                                                                    
educator   a  great   educator;  create   opportunities  for                                                                    
innovative  practices;  increase  the  amount  of  time  the                                                                    
students   spend   learning;   create  a   quality   teacher                                                                    
evaluation   system;  reinforce   effective  family   school                                                                    
partnering; and  deliver a rich  and varied  curriculum. The                                                                    
goal of  NEA Alaska was  to work  with anyone who  wanted to                                                                    
cooperate in  improving student achievement. He  stated that                                                                    
the  NEA supported  Section 1,  jury service  exemption. The                                                                    
NEA supported the  governor's version of Section  2. The NEA                                                                    
supported  the  star  evaluation   in  Section  8.  The  NEA                                                                    
supported Sections 9, 10, 11,  12, and 13. The NEA supported                                                                    
Section 18. The NEA supported  Section 19. The NEA supported                                                                    
the  direction of  Sections 20,  21,  and 22.  He looked  at                                                                    
Sections 23  and 24,  and announced  that the  NEA supported                                                                    
the current  state statutes. The  NEA supported  Sections 26                                                                    
and 27.  The NEA  supported Section 29,  lease by  a charter                                                                    
school. He  looked at Sections  30 through 41,  and remarked                                                                    
that  the NEA  supported investment  in education,  but some                                                                    
questioned  the constitutionality  of expanding  tax credits                                                                    
to  K-12  for  public  or  private  non-profit  agencies  or                                                                    
schools.  The NEA  supported  Sections 43,  45,  and 46.  He                                                                    
looked at Section 44, and  stated that the NEA supported the                                                                    
current  state  statutes.  He  looked  at  Section  47,  and                                                                    
announced that  the NEA supported  using the money  to study                                                                    
the foundation formula, not a  statewide salary and benefits                                                                    
study. The NEA supported Section 48.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
Senator   Dunleavy  requested   a  copy   of  Mr.   Fuhrer's                                                                    
testimony.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Kelly wondered if the  NEA encouraged local members                                                                    
to lobby  assemblies and councils  to move the  funding near                                                                    
the  cap.  Mr.  Fuhrer   replied  that  the  NEA  encouraged                                                                    
participation.  He   stated  that  the  public   wanted  and                                                                    
expected improved student performance.                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Kelly  remarked that  he attended  a pot-luck  at a                                                                    
PTA meeting, and  felt that many in attendance  did not know                                                                    
that they could go to the district to ask for funding.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
9:31:23 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Vice-Chair  Fairclough  wanted  to  understand  the  thought                                                                    
process of  the other body  when they decided to  extend the                                                                    
time for  tenure. She  queried the  importance and  need for                                                                    
tenure. She wondered  if there were current  state laws that                                                                    
made tenure  unnecessary, because  of their due  process for                                                                    
everyone.  She  stressed  that  the  bills  in  the  schools                                                                    
related to various costs including  energy made it difficult                                                                    
to determine  exactly how much  money should be used  in the                                                                    
classroom. The  state has  continually increased  the budget                                                                    
for education,  but the  costs are  rising. She  stated that                                                                    
the NEA website was difficult  to navigate, and she was even                                                                    
rejected  from  the  website  because   she  was  not  given                                                                    
authorization. She  queried the basis and  references of the                                                                    
literature  that NEA  advocacy group  was distributing.  Mr.                                                                    
Fuhrer  replied  that he  was  unaware  of her  inquiry.  He                                                                    
encouraged her to contact him directly.                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
9:34:51 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Senator Dunleavy  queried the position of  the NEA regarding                                                                    
the common core  issues. Mr. Fuhrer replied  that NEA Alaska                                                                    
supported  the  Alaska  state standards.  He  was  concerned                                                                    
about the difficulties of implementation.                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
Senator   Dunleavy   wondered   if   any   other   education                                                                    
associations  in the  state differed  from  NEA Alaska.  Mr.                                                                    
Fuhrer replied that there was  local participation, and many                                                                    
smaller organizations contributed to  the guidelines of NEA.                                                                    
He felt that most of  the local NEA affiliates supported the                                                                    
Alaska state standards.                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
Senator   Dunleavy   specifically   wondered  if   the   NEA                                                                    
affiliates  supported  the NEA  analysis  of  the bill.  Mr.                                                                    
Fuhrer  responded  that  he  was   speaking  for  the  state                                                                    
organization,  and  stated  that   he  would  share  if  any                                                                    
affiliates agreed with his assessment.                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Meyer  expressed concern regarding the  work at the                                                                    
state  level   to  relieve  the  communities   of  financial                                                                    
burdens.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
9:40:23 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MARY  HAKALA,  SELF, JUNEAU,  shared  that  ten years  prior                                                                    
there  was  an educational  funding  crisis.  She felt  that                                                                    
there had been  an annual ritual of cutting  the budget. She                                                                    
stated that  the pressure regarding budget  cuts forced many                                                                    
parents to  come together  to ensure  that the  students had                                                                    
proper funding for proper education.  She felt that the work                                                                    
that parents paid off with  only modest budget cuts, and she                                                                    
stressed that  more work was  imperative to ensure  that the                                                                    
schools had proper funding.                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
9:44:25 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHRIS  MERSHOOF, TEACHER,  GLACIER  HIGH SCHOOL,  FAIRBANKS,                                                                    
testified  against tenure  portion  of  the legislation.  He                                                                    
stated  that  for  public  K-12  teachers,  tenure  did  not                                                                    
guarantee  lifelong  employment.  He felt  that  tenure  was                                                                    
merely a  guarantee of  due process. He  shared that  he had                                                                    
been a  teacher for six  years, and was a  tenured teachers.                                                                    
If he  suddenly stopped doing  his job well,  his supervisor                                                                    
could terminate  his employment by following  two key steps:                                                                    
1)  the supervisor  must inform  him  of what  he was  doing                                                                    
incorrectly;  and  2) if  he  was  not  able or  willing  to                                                                    
change,  it   would  be  possible  for   the  supervisor  to                                                                    
terminate  him within  60  days. He  felt  that the  current                                                                    
system was effective, and did not protect bad teachers.                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
9:46:37 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
BILL  BJORK, RETIRED  TEACHER,  FAIRBANKS,  felt that  there                                                                    
were  some important  aspects of  the legislation,  but felt                                                                    
that changing  the tenure requirement  to the  5-year tenure                                                                    
made  Alaska less  competitive in  the  market for  talented                                                                    
teachers. He  remarked that most  of the western  states had                                                                    
3-year  tenure.  He  stressed that  without  the  reasonable                                                                    
tenure  requirement, talented,  capable,  and good  teachers                                                                    
could have their employment terminated  for no reason beyond                                                                    
budgetary restrictions.  He stressed that  those individuals                                                                    
face  major financial  stresses,  and are  kept from  moving                                                                    
forward  with  their  lives.   Therefore,  it  disrupts  the                                                                    
economy. He felt that there  were no compelling arguments to                                                                    
make the change in tenure.                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
9:50:44 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
SANDY   TRAINI,   TEACHER,    ANCHORAGE   SCHOOL   DISTRICT,                                                                    
ANCHORAGE, urged  increasing the funding for  education. She                                                                    
shared some  anecdotes regarding  the importance  of special                                                                    
education  funding. She  remarked that  teaching was  a very                                                                    
difficult  career,  and  the first  few  years  of  teaching                                                                    
helped  teachers to  adapt. She  felt that  adjusting tenure                                                                    
was a bad choice.                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
9:55:23 AM                                                                                                                    
AT EASE                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
10:04:51 AM                                                                                                                   
RECONVENED                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
10:05:40 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
KIKI ABRAHAMSON,  PRINCIPAL, FIREWEED ACADEMY  SCHOOL, HOMER                                                                    
(via  teleconference), testified  in  support of  increasing                                                                    
the BSA.  She urged support of  Section 29 of the  bill, she                                                                    
hoped that  the language in  the section would  also include                                                                    
municipality  and boroughs,  and change  the word,  "may" to                                                                    
"will." She  expressed concern regarding the  change in from                                                                    
150  to 75  for charter  schools. She  felt that  the clause                                                                    
inhibited  the   ability  for  existing  small   schools  to                                                                    
survive, and did not create an environment for new schools.                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
10:08:15 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
Vice-Chair Fairclough  asked that Ms. Abrahamson  submit her                                                                    
testimony in writing.  She felt that Ms.  Abrahamson may not                                                                    
be speaking to the current version of the bill.                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair  Meyer  stated that  the  current  version was  H.A                                                                    
dated 4/7/14.  He restated that  the Homer LIO  probably had                                                                    
the address that written testimony could be submitted.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
Vice-Chair   Fairclough  shared   that  the   NEA  Anchorage                                                                    
Association would not provide her  office with a password to                                                                    
access their website.                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
10:10:02 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
XANDER  KULHANEK, STUDENT,  FIREWEED  ACADEMY SCHOOL,  HOMER                                                                    
(via  teleconference),  urged  support  of  funding  charter                                                                    
schools.  He  stated  that his  school  was  facing  extreme                                                                    
budgetary problems.                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
10:10:45 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
JOE BOYLE,  PRESIDENT, MAT-SU EDUCATION  ASSOCIATION, MAT-SU                                                                    
(via teleconference),  testified in opposition  to extending                                                                    
the tenure  requirement. He also  spoke in support of  a BSA                                                                    
increase of  $400 or more.  He stated that flat  funding the                                                                    
BSA  made it  difficult  for  people to  do  their jobs.  He                                                                    
stated that elementary teachers were  forced to take on many                                                                    
alternative duties  with the lack  of funding.  He suggested                                                                    
that the teaching careers were less appealing.                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair  Meyer   restated  that  there  would   be  invited                                                                    
testimony regarding some deeper issues.                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
10:13:43 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
GREG   REYNOLDS,   EXECUTIVE  DIRECTOR,   SOUTHEAST   CAREER                                                                    
CONSORTIUM,  SITKA (via  teleconference), addressed  Section                                                                    
25 of  the legislation, and  spoke against that  section. He                                                                    
stated  that TVEP  had been  created  to support  education;                                                                    
however the  consortium was  still underfunded.  He stressed                                                                    
that  students   in  Southeast  Alaska  deserved   the  same                                                                    
resources and  quality education as  the rest of  the state.                                                                    
He  shared that  the consortium  was the  only group  in the                                                                    
region  with a  plan and  had extensive  training experience                                                                    
with high schools and communities.                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
10:15:24 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
TAMMY  SMITH,  PRESIDENT, FAIRBANKS  EDUCATION  ASSOCIATION,                                                                    
FAIRBANKS (via teleconference), addressed  two issues in the                                                                    
legislation.  She addressed  the issue  of changing  the way                                                                    
that elementary  school students were graded.  She expressed                                                                    
concern  about  Section  47  regarding  a  statewide  salary                                                                    
schedule and  benefits. She felt  that the salary  should be                                                                    
left to local  control. She testified against  the change in                                                                    
tenure requirements.                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
10:20:00 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
TAMMI GANGULI,  SELF, FAIRBANKS (via  teleconference), urged                                                                    
a  substantial  increase  to   operating  funds  for  school                                                                    
districts  in  order  to provide  a  quality  education  and                                                                    
reduce class sizes. She stressed  that the funds would allow                                                                    
the  school   districts  to  continue  to   provide  quality                                                                    
education,  and  keep  classroom  sizes to  a  minimum.  She                                                                    
requested an  increase to the  BSA to between $250  to $400.                                                                    
She remarked  that the BSA  increase would only make  up the                                                                    
difference from  the recent previous years  of flat funding.                                                                    
She stressed that the state  provided quality education. She                                                                    
spoke   to   Co-Chair   Kelly's   comments   regarding   the                                                                    
legislative  pot-luck.  She   announced  that  many  parents                                                                    
attended  that  function  to bring  their  concerns  to  the                                                                    
legislators.                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair  Kelly  commented  that   the  committee  put  $100                                                                    
million into  the operating  budget for  a BSA  increase for                                                                    
two years.  Ms. Ganguli asked  Co-Chair Kelly to  repeat his                                                                    
statement,  because  she   has  been  receiving  conflicting                                                                    
information.                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair  Kelly stated  that  the  Senate Finance  Committee                                                                    
inserted $100 million to increase the BSA for two years.                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
Ms. Ganguli  asked for an outline  of how much of  the funds                                                                    
would directly impact the  classroom. Co-Chair Kelly replied                                                                    
that $75  million was  intended to go  to the  district, and                                                                    
the district could distribute the funds as they see fit.                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Meyer asked Co-Chair Kelly  to work with the PTA in                                                                    
Fairbanks.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
10:28:02 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
ALISON  ARIANS, COALITION  OF  PARENT TEACHER  ASSOCIATIONS,                                                                    
ANCHORAGE  (via  teleconference),  spoke in  support  of  an                                                                    
increase of  the BSA at  a minimum  of $400 and  for forward                                                                    
funding by at least three  years. She spoke to estimates for                                                                    
high classroom  sizes. She  was not  alone in  her concerns.                                                                    
She was  unhappy with cuts  to teachers and  counselors. She                                                                    
testified that  all types of  individuals were upset  by the                                                                    
cuts. She  spoke to parents'  involvement in the  issue. She                                                                    
spoke  to   different  ways  parents  were   working  to  be                                                                    
involved. Education  was the primary  issue for  many voters                                                                    
in the current year.                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
10:31:43 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
DAVID   BOYLE,   ALASKA   POLICY   FORUM,   ANCHORAGE   (via                                                                    
teleconference),  stressed  that  the  focus  should  be  on                                                                    
educating  students,  so they  can  focus  on future  career                                                                    
endeavors. He  stressed that education  was a  "job program"                                                                    
for  students.  He remarked  that  there  were many  complex                                                                    
issues related to the foundation  formula funding for public                                                                    
schools. He  stated that the  BSA had increased  36 percent,                                                                    
while inflation only increased 27.2  percent, so the BSA had                                                                    
outpaced inflation  over the previous decade.  In Anchorage,                                                                    
the BSA was  $377 more than needed to keep  up with the past                                                                    
ten years of  inflation. He remarked that the  media did not                                                                    
report that  issue. He looked  at Sections 30 through  40 of                                                                    
the  bill.  He  felt   that  there  were  some  questionable                                                                    
programs that  might be unconstitutional, and  felt that the                                                                    
sections should be included in the bill.                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
10:35:37 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
ERIC CROFT,  MEMBER, ANCHORAGE SCHOOL BOARD,  ANCHORAGE (via                                                                    
teleconference),  testified in  support  of  funding for  an                                                                    
increase  to the  BSA over  two  years. He  stated that  the                                                                    
Anchorage  School Board  and the  Anchorage School  District                                                                    
had never  taken an official  position regarding  tenure. He                                                                    
personally felt  that five-year tenure  was a poor  idea. He                                                                    
stated  that  the  Anchorage  School  Board  encouraged  the                                                                    
school   district   to   have  guidelines   that   supported                                                                    
competitive retention. If the  legislature decided to change                                                                    
tenure from three years to  five years, the Anchorage School                                                                    
District  may decide  to keep  their  tenure requirement  at                                                                    
three  years,   in  order  to  recruit   the  best  possible                                                                    
teachers.                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
10:40:02 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
KATHY  TODD,  MEMBER,  VALDEZ   SCHOOL  BOARD,  VALDEZ  (via                                                                    
teleconference),  testified  in  support of  increasing  the                                                                    
BSA. She addressed  some of the aspects  of the legislation.                                                                    
She spoke against tax credits  for private schools. She felt                                                                    
that funds  should not  be taken  away from  public schools.                                                                    
She did  not understand how  moving public funds  to private                                                                    
organizations would enhance education.                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
10:44:33 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
RICK  KNIAZIOWSKI,  VICE-PRESIDENT,   KODIAK  SCHOOL  BOARD,                                                                    
KODIAK  (via   teleconference),  spoke  in  support   of  an                                                                    
increase to  the BSA.  He shared  that there  had been  a 20                                                                    
percent  decrease  in  teachers  in  Kodiak,  because  of  a                                                                    
reduction  in funds  and a  reduction in  students. He  felt                                                                    
that  the  schools  in  Kodiak   met  and  exceeded  greater                                                                    
requirements that  the legislature had  continually enacted.                                                                    
He shared that the current  funding in the legislation would                                                                    
leave  Kodiak  with a  $1.16  million  deficit, which  would                                                                    
result in  cutting six teachers,  eleven support  staff, and                                                                    
about $200,000 in curriculum and instruction reduction.                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Meyer handed the gavel to Co-Chair Kelly.                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
10:47:50 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
HANNAH  MARX, STUDENT  BODY PRESIDENT,  JUNEAU DOUGLAS  HIGH                                                                    
SCHOOL, JUNEAU, testified in support  of increasing the BSA.                                                                    
She  remarked that  she wanted  quality  education, and  had                                                                    
experienced  first-hand  the  benefits of  proper  education                                                                    
funding.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
10:49:50 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
ZACH GIANOTTI,  STUDENT BODY VICE-PRESIDENT,  JUNEAU DOUGLAS                                                                    
HIGH SCHOOL, JUNEAU, echoed the remarks of Ms. Marx.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
10:50:20 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
MARY  SAGE,   MEMBER,  BARROW  SCHOOL  BOARD,   BARROW  (via                                                                    
teleconference),  testified  in  support of  the  change  in                                                                    
teacher  tenure  from three  to  five  years. She  spoke  in                                                                    
support  of the  increase  to  the BSA  for  three years  to                                                                    
assist the school  district in budget planning,  and to meet                                                                    
the rising  cost of inflation.  She testified in  support of                                                                    
the  additional  $30  million   outside  of  the  foundation                                                                    
formula. She  spoke against the  school grading system  of A                                                                    
through  F,  because  it  created  a  community  feeling  of                                                                    
finality, rather than encouraging continuous improvement.                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
10:52:11 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
ANDY HOLLEMAN,  PRESIDENT, ANCHORAGE  EDUCATION ASSOCIATION,                                                                    
ANCHORAGE (via  teleconference), echoed  the remarks  of Mr.                                                                    
Fuhrer,  and the  points that  he outlined.  He stated  that                                                                    
there  was widespread  agreement  among the  members of  the                                                                    
Anchorage  Education  Association regarding  those  remarks,                                                                    
and  the aspects  of  the bill.  He  stressed that  teachers                                                                    
faced a fear of  unreasonable non-retention during the first                                                                    
three years of  employment. He agreed with  the testimony of                                                                    
Mr.  Boyle. He  stressed that  a tenured  teacher was  given                                                                    
grounds to argue the expectations  placed on them to conduct                                                                    
non-classroom related activities.                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
10:56:00 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
DAVID NEES,  SELF, ANCHORAGE (via  teleconference), reported                                                                    
that inflation  adjusted numbers were less  than the numbers                                                                    
provided.  He  stated  that  funds for  the  BSA  that  were                                                                    
allocated  for teachers.  State  and local  funding was  $11                                                                    
million.  He  appreciated  the   word  direct  in  front  of                                                                    
education.  He supported  the governor's  model  of the  BSA                                                                    
increases.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
10:58:54 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
KITTY LOGAN, PRINCIPAL, EAGLE  RIVER ACADEMY CHARTER SCHOOL,                                                                    
EAGLE RIVER  (via teleconference),  testified in  support of                                                                    
facilities funding for charter  schools. She shared that the                                                                    
facilities  cost  made  up 20  percent  of  Eagle  Academy's                                                                    
budget.  She  encouraged  the addition  of  a  mandate  that                                                                    
earmarked funds,  such as energy  money, be  directed toward                                                                    
schools. She felt  that the money should not be  left to the                                                                    
discretion  of  the  sponsoring  school.  She  testified  in                                                                    
support  of the  4 percent  cap  on indirect  fees, and  the                                                                    
right of  first refusal  on existing district  buildings and                                                                    
waiving property  tax options would positively  impact Eagle                                                                    
Academy currently and in the near future.                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Kelly handed the gavel to Co-Chair Meyer.                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
Vice-Chair Fairclough  queried Eagle  Academy's rank  on the                                                                    
area  wide  school ranking.  Ms.  Logan  replied that  Eagle                                                                    
Academy ranked second in the district.                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
11:00:46 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
BOB  KRUMLEY,   SUPERINTENDENT,  CHUGACH   SCHOOL  DISTRICT,                                                                    
CHUGACH  (via teleconference),  encouraged  the addition  of                                                                    
the  residential school  stipend  into  the legislation.  He                                                                    
shared  that   the  Chugach   School  District   operated  a                                                                    
successful  variable term  residential  school for  eighteen                                                                    
years, without any  regular support from the  state. He felt                                                                    
that  the  funding should  be  the  amount of  the  original                                                                    
request from the year prior.  He felt that the funding would                                                                    
enhance the  ability for students  to be college  and career                                                                    
ready. He announced that  Alaska needed innovative programs,                                                                    
like  technical   and  vocational  training,  in   order  to                                                                    
participate in Alaska's workforce and economy.                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
11:05:32 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
ANDREW  HALCRO, PRESIDENT,  ANCHORAGE  CHAMBER OF  COMMERCE,                                                                    
ANCHORAGE  (via  teleconference),  testified in  support  of                                                                    
strengthening  public  school  outcomes  through  additional                                                                    
funding  for vocational  programs.  He  stressed that  local                                                                    
businesses wanted  to hire Alaskans.  He announced  that the                                                                    
Chamber   had  partnered   with   a   number  of   different                                                                    
organizations to conduct a  statewide learning survey, which                                                                    
was  released  two  months  prior.  The  Chamber  wanted  to                                                                    
reconcile the business community's  view of the condition of                                                                    
the students  that were emerging  from the  Anchorage School                                                                    
District.  The  Chamber  approached  the NEA,  in  order  to                                                                    
access  teachers'  viewpoints.  He stressed  that  the  date                                                                    
should draw  the discussion,  and did  not focus  on funding                                                                    
for  political issues.  He stated  that the  study reflected                                                                    
certain  trends  that  inhibited learning.  He  shared  that                                                                    
student population  was becoming more complex;  and students                                                                    
who start behind, stay behind.                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair  Meyer  appreciated   Mr.  Halcro's  comments,  and                                                                    
agreed that  there were complex issues  that the legislature                                                                    
should consider.                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
11:11:40 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
MIKE COONS, SELF, PALMER  (via teleconference), testified in                                                                    
opposition  to  the  $185  increase  in  the  BSA.  He  only                                                                    
supported the  $85 increase that  the governor  proposed. He                                                                    
stated  that  the  governor  made  it  clear  that  the  $85                                                                    
increase  to  the BSA  was  based  on passage  of  excellent                                                                    
education  bills  that  were  more  focused  on  performance                                                                    
rather  than  spending. He  remarked  that  there were  some                                                                    
important bills that were currently  being considered in the                                                                    
legislature.                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
11:14:03 AM                                                                                                                   
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11:15:32 AM                                                                                                                   
RECONVENED                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
11:16:43 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
JERRY  COVEY,  COOK  INLET TRIBAL  COUNCIL,  ANCHORAGE  (via                                                                    
teleconference),  testified in  support of  the addition  of                                                                    
the  residential school  stipend  into  the legislation.  He                                                                    
stated  that   there  were  currently  over   1000  students                                                                    
attending residential high schools  in Alaska. The audit for                                                                    
expenditures  in the  residential high  schools demonstrated                                                                    
that the  programs were  operating at  a deficit.  He stated                                                                    
that  the  programs  produced   outstanding  value  for  all                                                                    
students,  by   providing  both  academic  and   career  and                                                                    
technical  education opportunities  that  students in  small                                                                    
high schools were often unable to access.                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
11:18:50 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
CON BUNDY,  SELF, ANCHORAGE (via  teleconference), testified                                                                    
in opposition  to the repeal  of the high school  exit exam.                                                                    
He felt  that the exit  exam was important, and  shared that                                                                    
he  had worked  as  a legislator  to  enact the  legislation                                                                    
regarding the high  school exit exam. He felt  that the exam                                                                    
was   important  for   businesses  and   the  community   to                                                                    
understand what constitutes a high school diploma.                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Meyer agreed that the  high school exit exam should                                                                    
be a part of the discussion.                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
11:25:10 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
CHRIS REITAN,  SUPERINTENDENT, GALENA CITY  SCHOOL DISTRICT,                                                                    
ANCHORAGE  (via  teleconference),  testified in  support  of                                                                    
funding for room  and board for Alaska  boarding schools. He                                                                    
echoed the  comments of Mr.  Covey and Mr. Krumley.  He felt                                                                    
that the funding  would enhance the ability  for students to                                                                    
be  college  and  career ready.  He  announced  that  Alaska                                                                    
needed  innovative programs,  like technical  and vocational                                                                    
training, in order to participate  in Alaska's workforce and                                                                    
economy.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
11:27:03 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
ROXY   MCDONAGH,  SELF,   ANCHORAGE  (via   teleconference),                                                                    
directed  her  testimony toward  the  tenure  aspect of  the                                                                    
legislation. She  felt that changing the  tenure requirement                                                                    
to the  5-year tenure  made Alaska  less competitive  in the                                                                    
market for talented teachers. She  remarked that most of the                                                                    
western states had 3-year tenure.  She stressed that without                                                                    
the  reasonable tenure  requirement, talented,  capable, and                                                                    
good teachers could have their  employment terminated for no                                                                    
reason  beyond  budgetary  restrictions. She  stressed  that                                                                    
those  individuals face  major financial  stresses, and  are                                                                    
kept  from moving  forward with  their lives.  Therefore, it                                                                    
disrupts  the   economy.  She  felt   that  there   were  no                                                                    
compelling arguments to make the change in tenure.                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
11:30:08 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
DOREN LORENZ,  CHAIRMAN, BALTO SCHOOL BOARD,  ANCHORAGE (via                                                                    
teleconference),  testified in  support of  Section 29.  She                                                                    
felt that the money should not  be left to the discretion of                                                                    
the sponsoring  school. She  testified in  support of  the 4                                                                    
percent  cap  on  indirect  fees, and  the  right  of  first                                                                    
refusal on existing district  buildings and waiving property                                                                    
tax options would positively  impact Eagle Academy currently                                                                    
and in the near future.                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
11:32:50 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
JUAN   SAN  MIGUEL,   PARENT  TEACHER   ASSOCIATION  ALASKA,                                                                    
ANCHORAGE  (via  teleconference),  testified against  the  A                                                                    
through  F grading  system. He  felt that  parent engagement                                                                    
was the  most important aspect  in school. He felt  that the                                                                    
male parents should be involved,  because the child would be                                                                    
more successful  if the  male parent  was involved  in their                                                                    
education.  He shared  that the  PTA had  created a  program                                                                    
called   "The   Schools   of   Excellence"   which   allowed                                                                    
improvement, rather than a set grading system.                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
11:35:20 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
PAT HIGGINS, MEMBER, ANCHORAGE  SCHOOL BOARD, ANCHORAGE (via                                                                    
teleconference),  testified in  support of  the increase  to                                                                    
the  BSA.  He  felt  that   there  were  some  major  issues                                                                    
regarding the  formula of  the BSA.  He stressed  that there                                                                    
should  be a  focus on  outcomes. He  understood that  there                                                                    
were  continual  positive  results,   and  there  should  be                                                                    
continued  growth. He  spoke against  the  change in  tenure                                                                    
requirements.                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
CSHB 278(FIN)am was HEARD and HELD in committee for further                                                                     
consideration.                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                

Document Name Date/Time Subjects
HB 278 - Public Testimony - Jackson.msg SFIN 4/10/2014 9:00:00 AM
HB 278
HB 278 Public Testimony - Strom.msg SFIN 4/10/2014 9:00:00 AM
HB 278
HB278 - Public Testimony - J.Wanser.msg SFIN 4/10/2014 9:00:00 AM
HB 278
HB278 ASPI Rating - Vereide.msg SFIN 4/10/2014 9:00:00 AM
HB 278
HB278 BSA allocation - Oswald.msg SFIN 4/10/2014 9:00:00 AM
HB 278
HB278 Comments on HB278 - Bera.msg SFIN 4/10/2014 9:00:00 AM
HB 278
HB278 Education Bill HB278- SB2119 - Pastos.msg SFIN 4/10/2014 9:00:00 AM
HB 278
SB2119
HB278 Letter Grades for the ASPI rating - please vote against this change. - Wanser.msg SFIN 4/10/2014 9:00:00 AM
HB 278
HB278 Letter of Concern - Pierce.msg SFIN 4/10/2014 9:00:00 AM
HB 278
HB278 opposition - Fia.msg SFIN 4/10/2014 9:00:00 AM
HB 278
HB278 Please increase the BSA - Noblin.msg SFIN 4/10/2014 9:00:00 AM
HB 278
HB278 Public Testimony - Almon.msg SFIN 4/10/2014 9:00:00 AM
HB 278
HB278 Public Testimony - Nielsen.msg SFIN 4/10/2014 9:00:00 AM
HB 278
HB278 Publis Testimony - Ratigan.msg SFIN 4/10/2014 9:00:00 AM
HB 278
HB278 Support our public schools - Fischer.msg SFIN 4/10/2014 9:00:00 AM
HB 278
HB278 TVEP FUNDING (SB 139) - Schneeberger.msg SFIN 4/10/2014 9:00:00 AM
HB 278
SB 139
FW HB278 unfunded liability of TRS.......Attachment TRS History - Bailey.msg SFIN 4/10/2014 9:00:00 AM
HB 278
HB 278 Education Funding E-Mail Testimony - Bethany.msg SFIN 4/10/2014 9:00:00 AM
HB 278
HB 278 Public Testimony - Decker.msg SFIN 4/10/2014 9:00:00 AM
HB 278
HB278 Education Testimony - Price.msg SFIN 4/10/2014 9:00:00 AM
HB 278
HB278 I oppose HB 278 - Bailey.msg SFIN 4/10/2014 9:00:00 AM
HB 278
HB278 I oppose HB 278 - Burtness.msg SFIN 4/10/2014 9:00:00 AM
HB 278
HB278 I oppose HB 278 - Cady.msg SFIN 4/10/2014 9:00:00 AM
HB 278
HB278 I oppose HB 278 - Daniels.msg SFIN 4/10/2014 9:00:00 AM
HB 278
HB278 I oppose HB 278 - Devon.msg SFIN 4/10/2014 9:00:00 AM
HB 278
HB278 I oppose HB 278 - Hays.msg SFIN 4/10/2014 9:00:00 AM
HB 278
HB278 I oppose HB 278 - Kulbeth.msg SFIN 4/10/2014 9:00:00 AM
HB 278
HB278 I oppose HB 278 - Kulbeth2.msg SFIN 4/10/2014 9:00:00 AM
HB 278
HB278 I oppose HB 278 - Roberts.msg SFIN 4/10/2014 9:00:00 AM
HB 278
HB278 I oppose HB 278 - Sande.msg SFIN 4/10/2014 9:00:00 AM
HB 278
HB278 I oppose HB 278 - Shana.msg SFIN 4/10/2014 9:00:00 AM
HB 278
HB278 I oppose HB 278 - Sofia.msg SFIN 4/10/2014 9:00:00 AM
HB 278
HB278 I oppose HB 278 - Vedders.msg SFIN 4/10/2014 9:00:00 AM
HB 278
HB278 Keep Alaska School tenure at 3 years please! - Ott.msg SFIN 4/10/2014 9:00:00 AM
HB 278
HB278 oppose change to ASPI system.msg SFIN 4/10/2014 9:00:00 AM
HB 278
HB278 Public testimony on CSHB278 Sections 20 and 48 BSA and Energy Funding - Dauel.msg SFIN 4/10/2014 9:00:00 AM
HB 278
HB278 Public testimony on CSHB278 Sections 20 and 48 I support a significant increase to the BSA and the Energy Funding - Ganguli.msg SFIN 4/10/2014 9:00:00 AM
HB 278
HB278 Sections 20 and 48 BSA - Eagleton.msg SFIN 4/10/2014 9:00:00 AM
HB 278
HB278 Teacher tenure - Pollmann.msg SFIN 4/10/2014 9:00:00 AM
HB 278
HB278 Tenure Issue - Luke.msg SFIN 4/10/2014 9:00:00 AM
HB 278
HB278 TRS History - Bailey.docx SFIN 4/10/2014 9:00:00 AM
HB 278
HB278--don't change tenure increase BSA - Genson.msg SFIN 4/10/2014 9:00:00 AM
HB 278
HB 278 and other education issues - Walker.msg SFIN 4/10/2014 9:00:00 AM
HB 278
HB278 Deena Mitchells Testimony to the Senate Finance Committee.pdf SFIN 4/10/2014 9:00:00 AM
HB 278
HB278 Education Funding - Friedman.msg SFIN 4/10/2014 9:00:00 AM
HB 278
HB278 I oppose increasing teacher tenure - Marcou.msg SFIN 4/10/2014 9:00:00 AM
HB 278
HB278 tenure change - Rohlman.msg SFIN 4/10/2014 9:00:00 AM
HB 278
HB278 Education Public Testimony - Bernoski.msg SFIN 4/10/2014 9:00:00 AM
HB 278
HB278 ESLP Survey Final Report - Halcro.pdf SFIN 4/10/2014 9:00:00 AM
HB 278
HB278 We choose funding to Schools - Lee.msg SFIN 4/10/2014 9:00:00 AM
HB 278
HB278 1991_09-EducationTaxpayerEquity-1.pdf SFIN 4/10/2014 9:00:00 AM
HB 278
HB278 Senate Finance Testimony 4-9-14 - Garrison.pdf SFIN 4/10/2014 9:00:00 AM
HB 278
HB278 MAKE EDUCATION A PRIORITY!!! - Unruh.msg SFIN 4/10/2014 9:00:00 AM
HB 278
HB278 testimony on hb278 referenced materials - Nees.msg SFIN 4/10/2014 9:00:00 AM
HB 278
HB278 School Funding Supprt - Lee.msg SFIN 4/10/2014 9:00:00 AM
HB 278
HB278 Increase BSA petitions - 150 pages - 4-8-14.pdf SFIN 4/10/2014 9:00:00 AM
HB 278
HB278 Rabbit Creek petition.pdf SFIN 4/10/2014 9:00:00 AM
HB 278
HB 278 ~Tenure Amendment - Bushey.msg SFIN 4/10/2014 9:00:00 AM
HB 278
HB 278 Testimony - Holleman.msg SFIN 4/10/2014 9:00:00 AM
HB 278
HB278 April_10_SFIN_Debt_DEED.pdf SFIN 4/10/2014 9:00:00 AM
HB 278
HB278 Base Student Allocation in budget bill - Richotte.msg SFIN 4/10/2014 9:00:00 AM
HB 278
HB278 BSA increase - Davis.msg SFIN 4/10/2014 9:00:00 AM
HB 278
HB278 BSA Increase - Judge.msg SFIN 4/10/2014 9:00:00 AM
HB 278
HB278 BSA increase - Marshburn.msg SFIN 4/10/2014 9:00:00 AM
HB 278
HB278 Comments - Atwater.msg SFIN 4/10/2014 9:00:00 AM
HB 278
HB278 education funding - Walton.msg SFIN 4/10/2014 9:00:00 AM
HB 278
HB278 Education spending - Malloy.msg SFIN 4/10/2014 9:00:00 AM
HB 278
HB278 Education Testimony - Riedel.msg SFIN 4/10/2014 9:00:00 AM
HB 278
HB278 Great AK Schools - Zimmer.msg SFIN 4/10/2014 9:00:00 AM
HB 278
HB278 I oppose HB 278 - Boring.msg SFIN 4/10/2014 9:00:00 AM
HB 278
HB278 IFA Letter.pdf SFIN 4/10/2014 9:00:00 AM
HB 278
HB278 Increase the BSA by $400 this year and $125 each the next 2 years - Mingo.msg SFIN 4/10/2014 9:00:00 AM
HB 278
HB278 Letter to House Finance Committee Co-Chairs AQ Funding - Fairbanks.pdf SFIN 4/10/2014 9:00:00 AM
HB 278
HB278 NEA Leading the Profession.pdf SFIN 4/10/2014 9:00:00 AM
HB 278
HB278 NEA Tenure Chart.pdf SFIN 4/10/2014 9:00:00 AM
HB 278
HB278 NEA Tenure Memo.pdf SFIN 4/10/2014 9:00:00 AM
HB 278
HB278 O'Malley elementary mom - Glenn.msg SFIN 4/10/2014 9:00:00 AM
HB 278
HB278 PLEASE do the right thing for our Schools increase the BSA - Toll.msg SFIN 4/10/2014 9:00:00 AM
HB 278
HB278 Please support HB 278 supporting charter schools - Flein.msg SFIN 4/10/2014 9:00:00 AM
HB 278
HB278 public school and school district grading system - Marcum.msg SFIN 4/10/2014 9:00:00 AM
HB 278
HB278 Public Testimony - Gray.msg SFIN 4/10/2014 9:00:00 AM
HB 278
HB278 Public Testimony - Shurson.msg SFIN 4/10/2014 9:00:00 AM
HB 278
HB278 Public Testimony - Superman.pdf SFIN 4/10/2014 9:00:00 AM
HB 278
HB278 Raise the BSA - Roll.msg SFIN 4/10/2014 9:00:00 AM
HB 278
HB278 School Funding - Rogers.msg SFIN 4/10/2014 9:00:00 AM
HB 278
HB278 Senate Finance Testimony April10 - Eski.doc SFIN 4/10/2014 9:00:00 AM
HB 278
HB278 Student Allocation Funding - Dixon.msg SFIN 4/10/2014 9:00:00 AM
HB 278
HB278 Student funding - Berg.msg SFIN 4/10/2014 9:00:00 AM
HB 278
HB278 Support Schools - Rein.msg SFIN 4/10/2014 9:00:00 AM
HB 278
HB278 Teacher Tenure (do not change) - Ernst.msg SFIN 4/10/2014 9:00:00 AM
HB 278
HB278SupportLetter_NACTEC_1.pdf SFIN 4/10/2014 9:00:00 AM
HB 278
HB 278 Please Increase the BSA$400! - Turinsky.msg SFIN 4/10/2014 9:00:00 AM
HB 278