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08:05:06 AM Start
08:05:48 AM Presentation(s): Superintendent, Juneau School District
08:29:24 AM HB145|| HJR16
09:21:28 AM HB143
10:01:12 AM Adjourn
* first hearing in first committee of referral
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+ Presentation by Juneau School District TELECONFERENCED
Superintendent
+= SB 1 BD OF ED./EARLY DEVELOPMENT ANNUAL REPORT TELECONFERENCED
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*+ HB 143 ADJUST BASE STUDENT ALLOCATION: INFLATION TELECONFERENCED
Heard & Held
+ Bills Previously Heard/Scheduled TELECONFERENCED
+= HJR 16 CONST. AM: EDUCATION FUNDING TELECONFERENCED
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+= HB 145 K-12 SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM TELECONFERENCED
Heard & Held
                    ALASKA STATE LEGISLATURE                                                                                  
               HOUSE EDUCATION STANDING COMMITTEE                                                                             
                         April 6, 2011                                                                                          
                           8:05 a.m.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
MEMBERS PRESENT                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
Representative Alan Dick, Chair                                                                                                 
Representative Lance Pruitt, Vice Chair                                                                                         
Representative Eric Feige                                                                                                       
Representative Paul Seaton                                                                                                      
Representative Peggy Wilson                                                                                                     
Representative Scott Kawasaki                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
MEMBERS ABSENT                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
Representative Sharon Cissna                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
OTHER LEGISLATORS PRESENT                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
Representative Chris Tuck                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
COMMITTEE CALENDAR                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
PRESENTATION(S):  SUPERINTENDENT~ JUNEAU SCHOOL DISTRICT                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
     - HEARD                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
HOUSE BILL NO. 145                                                                                                              
"An Act  establishing the parental choice  scholarship program to                                                               
be administered  by school  districts for  the purpose  of paying                                                               
the cost  of attending grades  kindergarten through 12  at public                                                               
and private schools; and providing for an effective date."                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
     - HEARD & HELD                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION NO. 16                                                                                                   
Proposing amendments to  the Constitution of the  State of Alaska                                                               
relating to state aid for education.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
     - MOVED OUT OF COMMITTEE                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
HOUSE BILL NO. 143                                                                                                              
"An Act providing an increase  and an inflation adjustment to the                                                               
base student allocation used in  the formula for state funding of                                                               
public  education;  requiring  a review  and  recommendation  for                                                               
future adjustments to the base student allocation; and providing                                                                
for an effective date."                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
     - HEARD & HELD                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
COMMITTEE SUBSTITUTE FOR SENATE BILL NO. 1(EDC)                                                                                 
"An Act requiring the state Board of Education and Early                                                                        
Development to provide an annual report to the legislature."                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
     - BILL HEARING CANCELED                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
PREVIOUS COMMITTEE ACTION                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
BILL: HB 145                                                                                                                  
SHORT TITLE: K-12 SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM                                                                                           
SPONSOR(s): REPRESENTATIVE(s) KELLER                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
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BILL: HJR 16                                                                                                                  
SHORT TITLE: CONST. AM: EDUCATION FUNDING                                                                                       
SPONSOR(s): REPRESENTATIVE(s) KELLER                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
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BILL: HB 143                                                                                                                  
SHORT TITLE: ADJUST BASE STUDENT ALLOCATION: INFLATION                                                                          
SPONSOR(s): REPRESENTATIVE(s) PETERSEN                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
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WITNESS REGISTER                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
GLEN GELBRICH, Superintendent                                                                                                   
Juneau School District                                                                                                          
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT:  Presented a PowerPoint overview of the                                                                   
Juneau School District.                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
JOHN ALCANTRA, Government Relations Director                                                                                    
NEA-Alaska                                                                                                                      
Anchorage, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION STATEMENT:  Testified in opposition to HB 145.                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
ROD McCOY                                                                                                                       
NEA-Alaska                                                                                                                      
Anchorage, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION STATEMENT:  Testified in opposition to HB 145 and                                                                    
during discussion of HB 143.                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE WES KELLER                                                                                                       
Alaska State Legislature                                                                                                        
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT:  Testified during discussion of HB 145, as                                                                
the sponsor of the bill.                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE PETE PETERSEN                                                                                                    
Alaska State Legislature                                                                                                        
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT:  Introduced HB 143, as the sponsor of the                                                                 
bill.                                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
DAVID DUNSMORE, Staff                                                                                                           
Representative Pete Petersen, Alaska State Legislature                                                                          
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT:  Presented the fiscal note for HB 143, on                                                                 
behalf of the bill sponsor, Representative Petersen.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
BABES HUDSON, President                                                                                                         
Parent Teacher Association (PTA)                                                                                                
North Pole, Alaska                                                                                                              
POSITION STATEMENT:  Testified in support of HB 143.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
PETE LEWIS, Superintendent                                                                                                      
Fairbanks North Star Borough School District                                                                                    
Fairbanks, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION STATEMENT:  Testified in support of HB 143.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
SUE HULL, Member                                                                                                                
School Board                                                                                                                    
Fairbanks North Star Borough School District                                                                                    
Fairbanks, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION STATEMENT:  Testified in support of HB 143.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
BRETT GILLAND, Teacher                                                                                                          
Anchorage School District                                                                                                       
Anchorage, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION STATEMENT:  Testified in support of HB 143.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
JACOB BERA, Teacher                                                                                                             
Eagle River High School                                                                                                         
Anchorage School District                                                                                                       
Chugiak, Alaska                                                                                                                 
POSITION STATEMENT:  Testified in support of HB 143.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
ANDREA LANG, Teacher                                                                                                            
Eagle River High School                                                                                                         
Anchorage School District                                                                                                       
Anchorage, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION STATEMENT:  Testified in support of HB 143.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
STEWART MCDONALD, Superintendent                                                                                                
Kodiak Island Borough School District                                                                                           
Kodiak, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT:  Testified in support of HB 143.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
ACTION NARRATIVE                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
8:05:06 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  ALAN DICK  called the  House Education  Standing Committee                                                             
meeting  to order  at 8:05  a.m.   Representatives Dick,  Wilson,                                                               
Seaton, Kawasaki,  and Feige were  present at the call  to order.                                                               
Representative Pruitt arrived as the meeting was in progress.                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
^PRESENTATION(S):  Superintendent, Juneau School District                                                                       
    PRESENTATION(S):  Superintendent, Juneau School District                                                                
                                                                                                                              
8:05:48 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR DICK announced that the first  order of business would be a                                                               
presentation  from  the  superintendent   of  the  Juneau  School                                                               
District.                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
8:06:25 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
GLEN GELBRICH, Superintendent,  Juneau School District, presented                                                               
a   PowerPoint   overview   titled  "Juneau   School   District."                                                               
[Included  in members'  packets]   He  reported  that the  school                                                               
district was the fifth largest  in Alaska with 4977 students, 780                                                               
employees,  and 12  schools  with 4  other  options, including  a                                                               
charter school,  a home  school, a  Tlingit Culture  Language and                                                               
Literacy,   and  a   Montessori   program.     He  detailed   the                                                               
demographics  of the  student population  to  include 23  percent                                                               
Alaskan Native, 9 percent Asian,  and more than 50 percent White.                                                               
He lauded Lorrie  Heagy, the current Alaska Teacher  of the Year,                                                               
and  reviewed her  music program  for  integrating multiple  arts                                                               
into the core classrooms.   He directed attention to the handout,                                                               
"2010-2014 Strategic Plan."   [Included in members'  packets]  He                                                               
stated that far  too many students did not graduate.   He pointed                                                               
out that resources were becoming  more limited, and this required                                                               
a  change in  strategy.   He  explained that  the strategic  plan                                                               
focused on student achievement,  formative assessments to monitor                                                               
student  progress,  and  professional teacher  development.    He                                                               
highlighted some  of the  changes:  early  learning, which  was a                                                               
pre-kindergarten  pilot   program;  pre-school   integrated  with                                                               
special needs  students; short  assessment of  kindergarteners to                                                               
identify which students would benefit  from a summer kindergarten                                                               
camp; all day kindergarten; and,  a staggered Kindergarten school                                                               
day which allowed for more personalized learning time.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
MR.  GELBRICH  established  that  the  instruction  started  with                                                               
"clearly  defined world  class standards"  or targets.   He  said                                                               
that these were supported with  professional development to build                                                               
common, but  not uniform, instructional  practice.   He mentioned                                                               
that instructional coaches  were used, with the  initial focus on                                                               
literacy, then math and science.   He explained that the teaching                                                               
staff  teams  met for  an  hour  every  other Monday  to  discuss                                                               
progress and possible interventions, and  that the goals of these                                                               
Professional  Learning Communities  (PLC)  included:  what do  we                                                               
want students  to know; how will  we know if they  know; and what                                                               
will  be  done right  away  if  they  don't  know.   He  directed                                                               
attention to another handout, "Tech  Prep agreements with UAS and                                                               
UAA," which  listed technical preparation courses.   [Included in                                                               
members' packets]   He  declared that the  opening of  the second                                                               
high school, as well as  the alternative high school, allowed for                                                               
smaller, more personalized learning environments for students.                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
8:15:26 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MR. GELBRICH  elaborated on the  career pathways,  where projects                                                               
such  as building  a  house  were accomplished.    He noted  that                                                               
apprenticeships  had  been   established  with  engineers,  local                                                               
plumbers, architects,  and other  professionals.  He  discussed a                                                               
new  program,  AVID  (Advancement via  Individual  Determination)                                                               
which helped  talented, but underperforming, students  learn good                                                               
study  habits, and  prepare for  college or  other post-secondary                                                               
options.   He  reported  that  six of  the  schools  met the  ADP                                                               
(Adequate  Yearly  Progress)  in   2010,  with  modest  gains  in                                                               
reading,   writing,  and   math.     He  noted   that  both   the                                                               
comprehensive high  schools had  an increase in  graduation rate,                                                               
with a decreased rate in the alternative high school.                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
8:18:54 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  SEATON   asked  if  the   staggered  kindergarten                                                               
classrooms applied to all the kindergartens.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
8:19:21 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MR. GELBRICH  explained that this  was the first year,  and there                                                               
were  three different  model classrooms.   He  said that  results                                                               
were being monitored.                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
8:20:12 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE SEATON, referring to  the PLC meetings, asked what                                                               
techniques  were used  to  determine lack  of  progress and  what                                                               
action was being taken.                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
8:20:52 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MR.  GELBRICH indicated  that these  meetings  made apparent  any                                                               
need  to  re-focus  and  teach differently.    This  allowed  for                                                               
intervention  instruction  on an  early  recognition  basis.   He                                                               
predicted that  the process would  allow teams an  opportunity to                                                               
share  the work  efforts and  results regularly  among the  other                                                               
staff and administrators.                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
8:22:43 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE   SEATON  requested   that  the   assessments  and                                                               
progress reports be made available to the committee.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
8:23:23 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  FEIGE   asked  about  the   logistics,  including                                                               
transportation, for the split shift kindergarten.                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
MR. GELBRICH replied that he would provide further information.                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
8:24:09 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  P. WILSON  reported  that  kindergarten had  once                                                               
been a  full day  program, and she  questioned any  difference in                                                               
effect.                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
8:25:04 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MR. GELBRICH,  in response to  Chair Dick, described  the Tlingit                                                               
Culture Language program as K-5  at Harborview Elementary School,                                                               
and that it was a self-contained program.                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR DICK  asked if  there were any  non-Native students  in the                                                               
program.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
MR. GELBRICH replied that there were.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
8:25:55 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  SEATON, referring  to the  70 percent  graduation                                                               
rate, noted that  30 percent were not graduating  and he stressed                                                               
the need  for individual student  advisors.  He explained  that a                                                               
volunteer  individual student  advisor for  every student  in the                                                               
Kenai  Peninsula  Borough  School   District  had  increased  the                                                               
graduation rate  by 12-15 percent,  with no additional cost.   He                                                               
pointed out  that the Governor's Performance  Scholarship Program                                                               
required  institutions to  have  counselor/advisors  in order  to                                                               
receive  the scholarships,  and he  suggested it  be part  of the                                                               
strategic plan for all school districts.                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
8:29:14 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
                HB 145-K-12 SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM                                                                             
              HJR 16-CONST. AM: EDUCATION FUNDING                                                                           
8:29:24 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR DICK  announced that  the next order  of business  would be                                                               
HOUSE  BILL NO.  145, "An  Act establishing  the parental  choice                                                               
scholarship program  to be administered  by school  districts for                                                               
the purpose of  paying the cost of  attending grades kindergarten                                                               
through 12  at public and  private schools; and providing  for an                                                               
effective  date." and  HOUSE JOINT  RESOLUTION NO.  16, Proposing                                                               
amendments to  the Constitution of  the State of  Alaska relating                                                               
to state aid for education.                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
8:30:00 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
JOHN ALCANTRA, Government  Relations Director, NEA-Alaska, stated                                                               
that the  members of NEA-Alaska  strongly opposed HB 145  and, by                                                               
extension,  HJR   16.    He   declared  that  the   Alaska  State                                                               
Constitution clearly stated:                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
     The  Legislature shall  by  general  law establish  and                                                                    
     maintain  a  system  of  public  schools  open  to  all                                                                    
     children of the state and  may provide for other public                                                                    
     educational institutions.   Schools and institutions so                                                                    
     established shall  be free from sectarian  control.  No                                                                    
     money shall  be paid from  public funds for  the direct                                                                    
     benefit of  any religious or other  private educational                                                                    
     institution.                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
MR. ALCANTRA pointed out that  discussions with the supporters of                                                               
the bill had  indicated that the legislation did  not ensure that                                                               
religious or  private schools would accept  all Alaskan children,                                                               
did  not ensure  that teachers  would be  certified, and  did not                                                               
ensure  the same  testing  requirements as  public  schools.   He                                                               
referred  to  earlier testimony  from  Cook  Inlet Academy  which                                                               
stated that it was necessary  to screen applicants, as the school                                                               
did not  have the  facilities for  students with  serious special                                                               
needs.  He stated that public  education was provided for all who                                                               
wished to  attend, regardless of religious  affiliation, learning                                                               
styles, or physical needs.                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
The committee took an at-ease from 8:32 a.m. to 8:34 a.m.                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
8:34:00 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
ROD McCOY expressed his belief  in America, the Constitution, and                                                               
democracy  and pointed  out that,  as  a teacher,  he had  taught                                                               
these values to his classes.   He stated his belief for the value                                                               
of  maintaining  a  separation  of   church  and  state,  not  to                                                               
disregard  the  importance  of   church,  but  to  maintain  this                                                               
distance  as dictated  by the  writers of  the Constitution.   He                                                               
declared  his passion  and protection  for his  religion, and  he                                                               
endorsed the guidance  for a rational approach  to state affairs.                                                               
He  expressed his  disagreement  with an  earlier statement  that                                                               
"there  would  be  an  equitable  opportunity  for  both  private                                                               
schools and public schools."  He declared:                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
     That is entirely untrue.   The public schools under the                                                                    
     scenario  there  would be  required  to  keep each  and                                                                    
     every student.   The private schools in  [HB] 145 would                                                                    
     have no such requirements.                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
MR. McCOY observed that there was  not a structure to require the                                                               
private  schools  to  retain  any students.    He  stressed  that                                                               
segregation  would  occur.   He  reported  on research  by  Money                                                               
magazine that  compared like circumstances,  and had  stated that                                                               
investments in  private education did  not result in  any greater                                                               
"bang for  their buck."   He offered  his belief that  change for                                                               
change sake  did not  guarantee improvement.   He asked  that the                                                               
legislators  "walk  slowly" in  consideration  of  change to  the                                                               
Alaska State Constitution.                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
8:38:45 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE WES  KELLER, Alaska State  Legislature, reiterated                                                               
that proposed  HB 145 would  provide public funding for  the cost                                                               
of attending grades kindergarten through  12 at any school of the                                                               
parent's choice.  He offered to answer any questions.                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
[It was clarified that Version D was in front of the committee.]                                                                
                                                                                                                                
8:39:47 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE PRUITT asked  to clarify that HJR 16  would be put                                                               
on the  ballot so the  people of the  state could vote  to change                                                               
the constitution.                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE KELLER  agreed and explained the  remainder of the                                                               
process through the legislature.                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
8:40:40 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE SEATON asked for an  explanation of how the school                                                               
district would have the responsibility  to administer the program                                                               
and yet not have the authority for monitoring performance.                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE KELLER explained that  any school must comply with                                                               
AS 14.45.030 or AS 14.45.100  - 14.45.130.  [Statutes that govern                                                               
religious  or other  private schools]   He  listed the  necessary                                                               
records  to  maintain  exemption  from other  provisions  of  law                                                               
pertaining to education.                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
8:42:56 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  SEATON   asked  for   more  information   to  the                                                               
educational responsibility of the school districts.                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  KELLER replied  that  the  school district  would                                                               
have information about the participating schools.                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
8:44:27 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  SEATON asked  to  clarify,  should the  [private]                                                               
schools which received funding not  perform as well as the public                                                               
schools, would  there be a  report to the  parents.  He  asked if                                                               
there  was  any  accountability   or  mechanism  for  the  school                                                               
district to stop the funding to the [private] schools.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
8:45:00 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE KELLER expressed "a lot  of faith in the fact that                                                               
the parents  would not choose a  school that is doing  a bad job,                                                               
and that's the  whole point is to get that  information out there                                                               
and the  parents are  the ones  to make the  choice."   He stated                                                               
that "the market will work."                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
8:45:47 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE P.  WILSON reflected  that if private  schools had                                                               
to  follow  the same  regulations  as  public schools,  then  the                                                               
screening process at private school would not be allowed.                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
8:46:06 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  KELLER replied  that participating  schools would                                                               
have independence and that laws prohibited discrimination.                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE P.  WILSON asked again if  the screening processes                                                               
would  be stopped.   She  referred  to earlier  testimony from  a                                                               
private school principal that there  was a screening process, and                                                               
that  the  [private]  school  could choose  the  students.    She                                                               
pointed out that the public school was not allowed this choice.                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE KELLER replied that  the private schools could not                                                               
"pick and choose  based on race, gender, beliefs,  what have you,                                                               
that's part of the state law."                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE P.  WILSON asked for Representative  Keller to put                                                               
on the record that there would be no screening.                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  KELLER declared  that the  decision was  based on                                                               
choice and  if a  school provided a  statement of  faith, parents                                                               
would make the choice whether or not to sign such a document.                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
8:48:50 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE KELLER,  in response to Representative  P. Wilson,                                                               
agreed that it would be the parent's choice.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE P.  WILSON asked for confirmation  that the school                                                               
would not turn away a student.                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE KELLER replied:                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
     There  may  be  supplements  in  the  application  that                                                                    
     somebody will not go to  the school, will choose to not                                                                    
     go to the school, because  of the requirements that are                                                                    
     there, but  I think it's  pretty clear that we  want to                                                                    
     leave   those    choices   to   whatever    school   is                                                                    
     participating.                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
8:50:00 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE P. WILSON  offered an example of a  student with a                                                               
handicap, and  a private  school might indicate  that it  was not                                                               
prepared  to deal  with  that  handicap.   She  pointed out  that                                                               
public schools were not allowed to turn students away.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
8:50:41 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE KELLER,  in response,  said that  as a  parent, he                                                               
would choose the school that would best serve the child.                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
8:50:58 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR DICK  interjected that this  was a discussion  of minutiae,                                                               
and  he reflected  on  the difficulty  for  projecting the  final                                                               
outcome.  He posed that it  was not necessary to discuss details,                                                               
and  that moving  proposed HB  145 out  of committee  would allow                                                               
further scrutiny.   He stated  that this was a  nationwide issue.                                                               
He announced that the issue would  "end up in front of the people                                                               
of Alaska, and I think that's  really where the dialogue needs to                                                               
take place."  He expressed his  desire to allow the discussion to                                                               
continue beyond the  committee.  He stressed  the importance that                                                               
this decision be  made by the people of Alaska,  and not by those                                                               
in government.                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
8:53:42 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE KAWASAKI  directed attention  to Version  I, which                                                               
stated  that districts  would approve  the participating  schools                                                               
and it  "specifically cited that the  discrimination in admission                                                               
and  hiring practices  was part  of this  bill."   He noted  that                                                               
Version  D did  not include  this statement,  but that  it stated                                                               
"they would admit  students based on a  random selection process,                                                               
but could  apply the  preference for siblings."   He  offered his                                                               
belief  that   Version  D  specifically   allowed  discrimination                                                               
against  students to  continue.    He opined  that  this was  the                                                               
proper  venue  to  discuss  policies  of  discrimination  against                                                               
students.   He announced that  he would  not support to  move the                                                               
bill out of committee.                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
8:55:00 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE SEATON pointed out that  the proposed HB 145 would                                                               
not  go   to  a  vote  of   the  people,  as  it   was  currently                                                               
unconstitutional.  He  directed attention to HJR  16, which would                                                               
allow a vote on proposed HB  145 by Alaskans.  He emphasized that                                                               
a job of the committee was to get into the minutiae of a bill.                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
8:55:58 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE KELLER,  indicating Version  D, page 2,  lines 14-                                                               
17, observed that  the intent of the sponsor was  that the school                                                               
district   may    participate   in   the   option    of   student                                                               
transportation.   He reported  that "it leaves  the option  up to                                                               
the good  will of the district  based on the money  they received                                                               
on that program."                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
8:57:24 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE PRUITT  expressed his  concern with  perception of                                                               
the  word  "may."    He  declared his  concern  with  the  fiscal                                                               
accountability  for the  transportation  clause  of the  proposed                                                               
bill.  He indicated that  the transportation cost should be borne                                                               
by the parents of the student.                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
9:00:16 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  KELLER,  in  response to  Representative  Pruitt,                                                               
said  that  the  burden  for transportation  was  placed  on  the                                                               
district, but  that the proposed  bill did not  require expansion                                                               
of  the  current  transportation   beyond  100  percent  of  that                                                               
allocated to "a similarly situated student."                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
9:01:14 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
The committee took an at-ease from 9:01 a.m. to 9:06 a.m.                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
9:06:43 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  KELLER,  in  response to  Representative  Pruitt,                                                               
offered to  remove the transportation language  from the proposed                                                               
bill.                                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
9:07:27 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  PRUITT  asked  to clarify  that  the  legislative                                                               
intent was  not to  provide transportation  for every  child, and                                                               
that the  parental choice of  schools would include  the parental                                                               
responsibility for the student's transportation to the school.                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
9:08:35 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE SEATON asked  if it was the intent  of the sponsor                                                               
of the  bill that  the district  would provide  transportation to                                                               
some private schools, but not to other private schools.                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  KELLER replied  that  the  school district  would                                                               
have the choice to provide transportation.                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
9:09:30 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  SEATON stated,  for the  record, that  the intent                                                               
was to allow a school  district to supply transportation for some                                                               
students to schools within the  district, but not to all students                                                               
to all schools.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
9:10:09 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE P. WILSON expressed her  concern that a parent may                                                               
bring  a law  suit  if  the school  district  does not  transport                                                               
equally.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE KELLER  said that the  bill was not  specific, and                                                               
that the  intent of  the sponsor  was "to  give the  district the                                                               
choice based on good sense of what to do."                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
9:11:46 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE P.  WILSON asked  what the  intent of  the sponsor                                                               
was for transportation.                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
9:12:21 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE KELLER  apologized and stated that  his intent was                                                               
to   allow   a   school   district   the   option   for   student                                                               
transportation.   He  said that  the  bill wording  was not  that                                                               
specific.                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
9:13:06 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE P. WILSON maintained her concern for this issue.                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
9:13:24 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR DICK said that HB 145 would be held over.                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
9:13:41 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE PRUITT  moved to  report HJR  16 out  of committee                                                               
with individual recommendations.                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
9:13:59 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE KAWASAKI objected for discussion.                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
9:14:01 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE SEATON stated his support  for HJR 16, as it would                                                               
need to be passed by the legislature and the people of Alaska.                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
9:15:24 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE KAWASAKI maintained his objection.                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
9:15:31 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
A roll  call vote was  taken.  Representatives Feige,  Pruitt, P.                                                               
Wilson,   Seaton,  and   Dick   voted  in   favor   of  HJR   16.                                                               
Representative Kawasaki voted against it.   Therefore, HJR 16 was                                                               
reported out of the House  Education Standing Committee by a vote                                                               
of 5-1.                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
9:16:41 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Representative Keller  pointed out  that HJR  16 and  proposed HB                                                               
145 could  not ultimately  be separated.   He  encouraged support                                                               
for HB 145.                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
9:17:09 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
The committee took an at-ease from 9:17 a.m. to 9:21 a.m.                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
9:21:13 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
        HB 143-ADJUST BASE STUDENT ALLOCATION: INFLATION                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR DICK  announced that the  final order of business  would be                                                               
HOUSE  BILL  NO.  143,  "An  Act providing  an  increase  and  an                                                               
inflation adjustment to  the base student allocation  used in the                                                               
formula  for  state  funding of  public  education;  requiring  a                                                               
review  and recommendation  for  future adjustments  to the  base                                                               
student allocation; and providing for an effective date."                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
9:21:28 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE PETERSEN,  Alaska State Legislature,  presented HB                                                               
143,  paraphrasing  from  a prepared  statement,  which  read  as                                                               
follows [original punctuation provided]:                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
     House Bill  143 would  protect our students  and school                                                                    
     districts from  having to pay for  inflation with fewer                                                                    
     education  opportunities.     Inflation  happens  every                                                                    
     year,  and  if  the  Base  Student  Allocation  is  not                                                                    
     adjusted  to  cover  annual losses  to  inflation  then                                                                    
     local districts have  to make up the  losses by cutting                                                                    
     services  or through  increased municipal  taxes.   For                                                                    
     many  districts increased  taxation  is  not a  legally                                                                    
     available option.                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
     The Base Student Allocation  and the foundation formula                                                                    
     are  the primary  means of  providing state  support to                                                                    
     local K-12  education in Alaska.   Over the  last three                                                                    
     years there  have been statutory  increases to  the BSA                                                                    
     which  have allowed  school districts  to operate  with                                                                    
     knowledge of how much state  support they would receive                                                                    
     through these three  years.  This bill  will also allow                                                                    
     for  better multi-year  planning, since  districts will                                                                    
     know that the BSA will be protected from inflation.                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
     During  this  three  year   period  the  Department  of                                                                    
     Education   would   be   tasked   with   conducting   a                                                                    
     professional study of the true  changes in costs for K-                                                                    
     12  education   and  the  department  would   submit  a                                                                    
     recommended  BSA amount  for  consideration before  the                                                                    
     2014 regular legislative session.   This will allow the                                                                    
     Legislature  to consider  any changes  to the  costs of                                                                    
     providing  education  in  Alaska   that  might  not  be                                                                    
     reflected in the Consumer Price Index.                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
     Alaska  has  many  complicated   issues  that  must  be                                                                    
     addressed to  improve our education system,  and I know                                                                    
     that  this committee  has  been hard  at  work on  many                                                                    
     different bills this session.   I certainly don't think                                                                    
     that  this bill  solves all  our problems,  but I  know                                                                    
     that if we make our  students pay for inflation through                                                                    
     fewer  educational opportunities  that  this will  only                                                                    
     make things worse.                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
     There has  been some  suggestion that  school districts                                                                    
     should  not  receive  an inflation  adjustment  because                                                                    
     people  are  not  satisfied with  efforts  to  increase                                                                    
     graduation and student performance.    In Anchorage our                                                                    
     district has been making  steady progress at increasing                                                                    
     graduation  rates  over the  past  decade  and has  the                                                                    
     lowest  dropout  rate  of  Alaska's  five  major  urban                                                                    
     school  districts.   Anchorage has  implemented several                                                                    
     innovative  programs to  improve graduation,  including                                                                    
     the  successful  graduation  coach program,  and  these                                                                    
     programs  can find  themselves  on  the chopping  block                                                                    
     when the BSA loses ground to inflation.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
     I  urge  you  to  support this  bill  to  allow  school                                                                    
     districts  to perform  better multi-year  budgeting and                                                                    
     ensure that  our students do  not have to pay  the cost                                                                    
     of    inflation    by    having    fewer    educational                                                                    
     opportunities.                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
9:24:34 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  PETERSEN pointed  out that  school supplies  were                                                               
not fully covered and teachers  would often seek contributions to                                                               
fill the gap.                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
9:25:41 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
DAVID  DUNSMORE,  Staff,  Representative  Pete  Petersen,  Alaska                                                               
State Legislature,  presented the fiscal note,  paraphrasing from                                                               
a prepared  statement, and  explained that  Section 1  raised the                                                               
Base  Student Allocation  (BSA) to  $5,838, an  increase of  $158                                                               
over  the current  amount, but  only effective  for the  upcoming                                                               
fiscal year.   He said that Section 2,  Subsection 1, established                                                               
that  the Department  of Education  and  Early Development  (EED)                                                               
would annually adjust  the BSA for fiscal years 2013  and 2014 to                                                               
reflect  the  Consumer  Price  Index (CPI)  for  Anchorage.    He                                                               
directed  attention to  Section 2,  Subsection 2,  which required                                                               
EED to review the actual  changes in educational cost per student                                                               
in  each district,  and would  give  the legislature  information                                                               
about  education specific  factors not  necessarily reflected  in                                                               
the CPI.  He reported that  Section 2, Subsection 3, required EED                                                               
to submit  a report to  the 28th  Legislature, prior to  the 2014                                                               
regular session,  to recommend an  amount for the BSA  for fiscal                                                               
year 2015.   He noted that Section 3 established  July 1, 2011 as                                                               
the effective date for the proposed bill.                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
9:28:01 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
BABES  HUDSON,  President,   Parent  Teacher  Association  (PTA),                                                               
stated support for HB  143.  She said that she  was the parent of                                                               
three special  needs children, and  that the proposed  bill would                                                               
provide  assurance   for  the   continuation  of   the  necessary                                                               
financial support for education.                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
9:30:07 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
PETE LEWIS,  Superintendent, Fairbanks North Star  Borough School                                                               
District,  stated that  the proposed  bill  was forward  thinking                                                               
with the  tie to  the CPI, and  that the study  of the  BSA would                                                               
continue.  He expressed support of the bill.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
The committee took an at-ease from 9:30 a.m. to 9:33 a.m.                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
9:33:01 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MR. LEWIS  concluded that the  bill allowed forward  thinking for                                                               
school planning.                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
9:33:41 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
SUE  HULL, Member,  School Board,  Fairbanks  North Star  Borough                                                               
School District, stated support for  HB 143 and stressed the need                                                               
for the  BSA adjustment.  She  opined that this was  an important                                                               
investment in  the future of  Alaska, as  it was important  to do                                                               
more for kids and not to cut the budgets.                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
9:35:11 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
BRETT GILLAND, Teacher, Anchorage  School District, described the                                                               
enrollment  size of  the  math  class which  he  taught, and  the                                                               
difficulties in  meeting the needs  of the students.   He pointed                                                               
out  that  he  was  teaching   an  additional  class  during  his                                                               
scheduled  planning period,  to allow  for smaller  classes.   He                                                               
encouraged  communication  with  the   school  districts  as  the                                                               
responsible   means  toward   change  when   inefficiencies  were                                                               
recognized.    He  stressed that  "shorting  funding  to  schools                                                               
throughout the state"  was not a responsible means  of change, as                                                               
under  funding would  not reduce  the  inefficiencies, but  would                                                               
exacerbate them.   He pointed  to the difficulty of  offering the                                                               
necessary  individualized  instruction  in classrooms  that  were                                                               
overcrowded.                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
9:39:21 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  SEATON, referring  to  the  consumer price  index                                                               
(CPI)  which  currently  indicated   zero  inflation,  asked  how                                                               
funding would be decreased if this became negative inflation.                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
MR. GILLAND  replied that his  comments had been directed  to the                                                               
minimum  obligation for  funding, and  he asked  for a  reason to                                                               
budget for low growth.                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
9:41:03 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE SEATON,  noting that  the proposed bill  was based                                                               
on the CPI,  asked if the CPI  was a good index as  85 percent of                                                               
the  school  district  budget  was  based on  wages  and  not  on                                                               
supplies.                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
MR. GILLAND deferred.                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
9:42:16 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  FEIGE asked  what was  the expectation  for class                                                               
size.                                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
MR. GILLAND replied  that it was 32 students,  although even that                                                               
was large.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE FEIGE  asked about  Mr. Gilland's experience  as a                                                               
teacher.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
MR. GILLAND replied  that class sizes in Alaska were  as large as                                                               
any  he had  taught.   He relayed  that he  had taught  for three                                                               
years in  Oklahoma and three years  in Alaska.  He  reported that                                                               
20 students  was a reasonable number  for a class if  he expected                                                               
to  offer  any  individual  interaction.   He  stated  that  more                                                               
students  than this  resulted in  a  lecture hall  approach.   He                                                               
opined  that if  Oklahoma  could maintain  smaller classes,  then                                                               
Alaska should be able to do as well.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
9:43:17 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE FEIGE asked where  the efficiency would result, as                                                               
a  student  base allocation  allowed  for  more money  with  more                                                               
students.                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
MR. GILLAND replied  that decreasing class size  from 30 students                                                               
to  20 students  would  mean an  increase of  50  percent to  the                                                               
teaching staff.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
9:44:50 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE FEIGE  proposed to make more  staff positions into                                                               
teaching positions.                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
9:45:15 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MR. GILLAND replied that the  school board was responsible to its                                                               
constituency.                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
9:46:04 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
JACOB BERA,  Teacher, Eagle River  High School,  Anchorage School                                                               
District,  stated  support  for   HB  143,  paraphrasing  from  a                                                               
prepared statement, which read [original punctuation provided]:                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
     My name  is Jacob Bera.  My wife  and I both  teach for                                                                    
     the Anchorage  School District,  and we  have a  2 year                                                                    
     old son,  Leif, that  will eventually  attend Anchorage                                                                    
     Public Schools. I  would like to speak  this morning in                                                                    
     favor  of House  Bill 143.   I  believe Alaska  has the                                                                    
     capacity   and  resources   to  create   the  strongest                                                                    
     educational system in the nation.   We all agree in the                                                                    
     importance  of education,  especially early  education,                                                                    
     in  setting young  Alaskans  on a  path  to success  in                                                                    
     life.  My  school, Eagle River High School,  is full of                                                                    
     strong teachers  who give everything  they have  to our                                                                    
     students.  Our  graduation rate is 89%,  well above the                                                                    
     district  ave, teachers  volunteer  to serve  on a  9th                                                                    
     grad  success committee  that tracks  freshmen as  they                                                                    
     start their high school career,  and we pride ourselves                                                                    
     as  a staff  on eating  our  lunches not  in the  staff                                                                    
     lounge,  but  a desk  with  our  students helping  with                                                                    
     homework.  Yet every year  we're being asked to do more                                                                    
     with less.   I am  the only  art teacher at  my school,                                                                    
     and where most teachers are  asked to lead no more than                                                                    
     3 different,  I teach  5 different groups  including an                                                                    
     Advanced  Placement  course  in   order  to  provide  a                                                                    
     complete curriculum.  As a  department chair and member                                                                    
     of  my schools  leadership committee,  we're constantly                                                                    
     trying to  keep class  sizes at  a reasonable  level as                                                                    
     we're  asked each  year to  cut positions.   I  believe                                                                    
     this  bill is  a step  in the  right direction  towards                                                                    
     providing more financial security,  now & in the future                                                                    
     for Alaskan schools, and  the best possible educational                                                                    
     opportunities for my son our Alaskan students.                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
9:47:51 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
ANDREA LANG,  Teacher, Eagle River High  School, Anchorage School                                                               
District, explained  her role as  the choir, theater,  and guitar                                                               
teacher, and she detailed the ongoing  success of a number of her                                                               
students.   She pointed to  the difficulty of showing  success in                                                               
the arts, as it was not  reflected in the usual performance based                                                               
tests.  She  expressed her support for HB 143.   She reflected on                                                               
the difficulties encountered  with large classes and  the lack of                                                               
materials  and supplies.   She  read from  a prepared  statement:                                                               
[original punctuation included]                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
     During  my time  here  I  have spoken  to  a number  of                                                                    
     legislators for  & against the  BSA.  Though  the issue                                                                    
     may seem  rather complicated to  you... this is  what I                                                                    
     know:  My kids need my time-  I know my kids need to be                                                                    
     in a class w/ a manageable  # of students  My kids need                                                                    
     materials...My  kids need  the  best  education that  a                                                                    
     state flush with money can provide.                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
     And  while  politicians  debate  on  giving  2  billion                                                                    
     dollars a  year back to  corporations that raked  in an                                                                    
     average  of 1.7  billion  dollars net  profit for  last                                                                    
     year under ACES.                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
She requested that the committee pass HB 143.                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
9:51:38 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  P.  WILSON  expressed her  understanding  of  the                                                               
situation.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
9:52:26 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE SEATON  agreed that  the committee  recognized the                                                               
situation  and the  importance of  the arts  for keeping  kids in                                                               
school.                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
9:53:34 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
STEWART  MCDONALD, Superintendent,  Kodiak Island  Borough School                                                               
District, stated  support for HB  143 and included  statements of                                                               
support  from other  small districts.   He  pointed out  that the                                                               
only flexibility within  his budget, if funding was  cut, was for                                                               
teachers and programs.   He declared the need  for future funding                                                               
increases as it  was imperative to provide  the technology needed                                                               
to keep the remote schools competitive.                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
9:57:02 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
ROD  MCCOY, NEA-Alaska,  provided a  collection of  statements in                                                               
support of  the bill.   He stated  that he was  from a  family of                                                               
educators, and that his wife and  his children were teachers.  He                                                               
emphasized  that raising  knowledgeable children  was imperative.                                                               
He disagreed with the statement that education was fully funded.                                                                
                                                                                                                                
10:00:30 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR DICK  stated that public  testimony would remain  open, and                                                               
that HB 143 would be held over.                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
10:01:12 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
ADJOURNMENT                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
There being no further business before the committee, the House                                                                 
Education Standing Committee meeting was adjourned at 10:01 a.m.                                                                

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