Legislature(2011 - 2012)CAPITOL 106

02/27/2012 08:00 AM EDUCATION

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08:06:09 AM Start
08:06:55 AM Superintendent Presentation: Nome School District
08:34:43 AM HB242
08:44:45 AM Adjourn
* first hearing in first committee of referral
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+ Presentation by Superintendent Mike Brawner, TELECONFERENCED
Nome School District
<Bill Hearing Rescheduled to 02/29/12>
Moved CSHB 242(EDC) Out of Committee
+ Bills Previously Heard/Scheduled TELECONFERENCED
                    ALASKA STATE LEGISLATURE                                                                                  
               HOUSE EDUCATION STANDING COMMITTEE                                                                             
                       February 27, 2012                                                                                        
                           8:06 a.m.                                                                                            
MEMBERS PRESENT                                                                                                               
Representative Alan Dick, Chair                                                                                                 
Representative Lance Pruitt, Vice Chair                                                                                         
Representative Paul Seaton                                                                                                      
Representative Peggy Wilson                                                                                                     
MEMBERS ABSENT                                                                                                                
Representative Eric Feige                                                                                                       
Representative Sharon Cissna                                                                                                    
Representative Scott Kawasaki                                                                                                   
COMMITTEE CALENDAR                                                                                                            
SUPERINTENDENT PRESENTATION:  NOME SCHOOL DISTRICT                                                                              
     - HEARD                                                                                                                    
HOUSE BILL NO. 242                                                                                                              
"An Act relating to funding for digital learning as a component                                                                 
of public school funding."                                                                                                      
     - MOVED CSHB 242(EDC) OUT OF COMMITTEE                                                                                     
HOUSE BILL NO. 272                                                                                                              
"An Act providing for a reduction in interest on postsecondary                                                                  
education loans for residents."                                                                                                 
     - BILL HEARING RESCHEDULED TO 2/29/12                                                                                      
PREVIOUS COMMITTEE ACTION                                                                                                     
BILL: HB 242                                                                                                                  
SHORT TITLE: PUBLIC SCHOOL FUNDING: DIGITAL LEARNING                                                                            
SPONSOR(s): REPRESENTATIVE(s) P.WILSON                                                                                          
04/17/11       (H)       READ THE FIRST TIME - REFERRALS                                                                        
04/17/11       (H)       EDC, FIN                                                                                               
02/20/12       (H)       EDC AT 8:00 AM CAPITOL 106                                                                             
02/20/12       (H)       Heard & Held                                                                                           
02/20/12       (H)       MINUTE (EDC)                                                                                           
02/27/12       (H)       EDC AT 8:00 AM CAPITOL 106                                                                             
WITNESS REGISTER                                                                                                              
MIKE BRAWNER, Superintendent                                                                                                    
Nome School District                                                                                                            
Nome, Alaska                                                                                                                    
POSITION  STATEMENT:   Provided  the presentation  from the  Nome                                                             
School District.                                                                                                                
ACTION NARRATIVE                                                                                                              
8:06:09 AM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR  ALAN DICK  called the  House Education  Standing Committee                                                             
meeting to order at 8:06 a.m.   Present at the call to order were                                                               
Representatives  Dick, Seaton,  and  P.  Wilson.   Representative                                                               
Pruitt arrived while the meeting was in progress.                                                                               
^Superintendent Presentation:  Nome School District                                                                             
       Superintendent Presentation:  Nome School District                                                                   
8:06:55 AM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR DICK announced that the first  order of business would be a                                                               
presentation from the Nome School District.                                                                                     
8:07:09 AM                                                                                                                    
MIKE  BRAWNER, Superintendent,  Nome School  District, began  the                                                               
presentation  with the  district mission  statement, which  reads                                                               
[original punctuation provided]:                                                                                                
     Educating Students in a Positive Learning Environment                                                                      
     to be Competent and Productive Citizens                                                                                    
MR. BRAWNER  reported district enrollment  of 667  students, with                                                               
71  percent   Alaska  Native,  14  percent   Caucasian,  and  the                                                               
remaining  15 percent  as other.    The district  has an  average                                                               
daily  attendance (ADM)  of  91  percent.   He  moved  on to  the                                                               
average yearly  progress (AYP) report,  indicating that  three of                                                               
the five  district schools  made AYP proficiency  in 2011.   Nome                                                               
Elementary made AYP  significantly in the area  of Language Arts,                                                               
through the safe  harbor process.  A bar graph,  available in the                                                               
committee  packet handout,  titled "Nome  Public Schools,"  dated                                                               
2/24/12,  was used  to  compare the  reading,  writing, and  math                                                               
progress for the  last two school years.  He  provided the school                                                               
configuration,  as   indicated  in   the  handout,   which  reads                                                               
[original  punctuation  provided]:    Nome  Schools  Pilot  Pre-K                                                               
program,  Nome  Elementary  School (K-6th),  Anvil  City  Science                                                               
Academy,  Charter School  (5th-8th),  Nome  Youth Facility  (7th-                                                               
12th),  Extensions  Home  School  Program  (K-12th),  and  NACTEC                                                               
(Northwestern  Alaska Career  and  Technical  Center) Career  and                                                               
Tech   -  Partnership   with  Bering   Strait  School   District.                                                               
Continuing, he reported that a  district wide reading remediation                                                               
program was  instituted this year  in the k-3 classes,  which has                                                               
boosted the reading scores, as  indicated on the MAP (Measures of                                                               
Academic  Progress)  assessment  program.   He  said  MAP  allows                                                               
academic gains, even  those made over a short period  of time, to                                                               
be  tracked.   School partnerships  with community  entities have                                                               
been  successful, and  the  Homework Club  is  an example,  which                                                               
allows  club  members an  opportunity  to  receive free  tutorial                                                               
assistance.     The  Alaska   Head  Start   Association  recently                                                               
presented the  Nome district with  the 2011  collaboration award,                                                               
in  connection  with   the  Pre-K  program.     He  reviewed  the                                                               
Developmental Indicators for the  Assessment of Learning (DIAL-3)                                                               
scores,   and  indicated   the  progress   of  the   participants                                                               
comparatively for the  last two schools years.  Moving  on to the                                                               
high  school programs,  he reported  enrollment of  220 students,                                                               
and said  that 12  students are in  a successful  credit recovery                                                               
program  to  earn a  diploma.    The  high school  has  community                                                               
partnership programs,  which include  Junior ROTC and  a Homework                                                               
Club.   He directed attention  to a  bar graph, in  the committee                                                               
handout, comparing  the graduation  rates demographically  in the                                                               
Nome district with districts across the  state.  Moving on to the                                                               
Alaska  Performance  Scholarship  graph,  he  indicated  that  60                                                               
percent of  the eligible students received  this award; exceeding                                                               
the remainder of  the state.  The Anvil City  Science Academy has                                                               
44 students.  The four year  program focuses on a different theme                                                               
each  year.   Art  and  music  skills  are  taught by  the  class                                                               
teacher,  and   language  is  delivered  via   a  computer  based                                                               
instructional program.  The  Anvil program incorporates community                                                               
service  as   an  integral  aspect,  and   currently  the  Active                                                               
Community  Teams  Involved  in  Outreach  for  Nome  (ACTION)  is                                                               
collecting recyclable items to be  sold and the money donated for                                                               
construction of  a city park.   He then  reviewed a bar  graph to                                                               
indicate  the academic  progress  of the  academy  and levels  of                                                               
achievement  attained from  2008-2011, utilizing  Standards Based                                                               
Assessment  (SBA) scores.   The  district  challenges include:  a                                                               
winter storm,  11/8/12, when Nome  schools suffered  over $70,000                                                               
in property  damage; the  high profile delivery  of fuel  to Nome                                                               
via ice  breaker escort  resulting in  increased fuel  costs; and                                                               
January was  named the  coldest month on  record.   The community                                                               
and district operations  are affected by these  events.  Finally,                                                               
he said  that SB 84  was a help to  the district, and  passage of                                                               
SB 171 will provide a direct benefit  to the classroom due to the                                                               
impact it will have on staffing.                                                                                                
8:25:36 AM                                                                                                                    
REPRESENTATIVE  P. WILSON  noted 667  students, and  asked for  a                                                               
full accounting of the enrollment distribution.                                                                                 
MR. BRAWNER said  the home school program has  about 11 students.                                                               
The pre-K  numbers are not noted,  but the program has  two staff                                                               
members  who  are expected  to  have  20 students  between  them.                                                               
However, 40  children are currently  in the program, and  40 more                                                               
are  on a  waiting  list,  an area  that  needs  to be  expanded.                                                               
Finally,  the  Nome  Youth  facility   has  14  spaces,  and  the                                                               
attendance  fluctuates.    Students  who  attend  in  Naknek  are                                                               
considered in the Nome roll.                                                                                                    
REPRESENTATIVE  P. WILSON  inquired  which  grades have  personal                                                               
technology devices available, for the students.                                                                                 
MR. BRAWNER  said none.   He indicated that interest  exists, but                                                               
funds  have  not  been  available,   although  grants  are  being                                                               
pursued.   The  high  school  has two  computer  labs, and  audio                                                               
visual  carts  circulate  in   some  schools;  providing  limited                                                               
8:29:55 AM                                                                                                                    
REPRESENTATIVE SEATON  asked for a kindergarten  entry assessment                                                               
comparison chart showing  data on students who  have versus those                                                               
who have not attended a pre-K program.                                                                                          
MR.  BRAWNER  responded  that  there is  a  very  telling  report                                                               
available, which he will forward to the committee.                                                                              
         HB 242-PUBLIC SCHOOL FUNDING: DIGITAL LEARNING                                                                     
8:34:43 AM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR DICK  announced that the  final order of business  would be                                                               
HOUSE  BILL NO.  242, "An  Act  relating to  funding for  digital                                                               
learning as a component of public school funding."                                                                              
8:34:55 AM                                                                                                                    
REPRESENTATIVE  PRUITT  moved  to adopt  the  proposed  committee                                                               
substitute  (CS)  for  HB   242,  labeled  27-LS0845\B,  Mischel,                                                               
2/22/12, as the working draft.                                                                                                  
REPRESENTATIVE SEATON objected for discussion.                                                                                  
8:35:19 AM                                                                                                                    
REPRESENTATIVE P.  WILSON explained  the CS, paraphrasing  from a                                                               
prepared statement,  which read as follows  [original punctuation                                                               
     Two  changes  were  made  to  the  bill  based  on  the                                                                    
     comments heard  from the Committee last  week when this                                                                    
     bill was heard.                                                                                                            
     1.  Issue:  No  reporting or accountability for the new                                                                    
          a.  Page 2, line 17, We have added a reporting                                                                        
     requirement  to provide  insight  into  how the  school                                                                    
     districts are using their digital learning funds.                                                                          
     2.     Issue:     Using  the  funds   for  professional                                                                    
          a.  Page 3, line 14, e explicitly called out                                                                          
     professional development  of teachers as a  use for the                                                                    
8:36:53 AM                                                                                                                    
REPRESENTATIVE SEATON removed his  objection, and without further                                                               
objection Version B was before the committee.                                                                                   
REPRESENTATIVE SEATON requested  that the required accountability                                                               
report include  information noting whether technical  devices are                                                               
retained at  the schools  for use at  specified time  periods, or                                                               
checked  out to  the students  for continuous  access.   Research                                                               
conducted   in  Canby,   Oregon,  has   reported  that   dramatic                                                               
scholastic improvement has been  achieved when students have full                                                               
accessibility  to  the  devices.    Practice  time  is  increased                                                               
through the  availability the student  experiences by  having the                                                               
device checked out to them, similar to a schoolbook, he said.                                                                   
8:39:02 AM                                                                                                                    
REPRESENTATIVE  PRUITT   moved  to   report  CSHB   242,  Version                                                               
LS0845\B,  Mischel, 2/22/12,  out  of  committee with  individual                                                               
recommendations  and  the  accompanying fiscal  notes.    Without                                                               
objection  CSHB  242(EDC)  was moved  from  the  House  Education                                                               
Standing Committee.                                                                                                             
The committee took an at-ease at 8:39 a.m.                                                                                      
8:39:42 AM                                                                                                                    
REPRESENTATIVE  P.  WILSON  commented  that  the  legislation  is                                                               
important to facilitate change in  the classroom, and thanked the                                                               
committee for the input and swift movement of the bill.                                                                         
CHAIR DICK  said there  is a creative  and inspiration  aspect to                                                               
technological  devices, and  he said  curriculum development  may                                                               
well be improved by their use.                                                                                                  
REPRESENTATIVE SEATON said the cost  of curriculum is reported to                                                               
be  reduced  through  the  use of  technological  devices.    The                                                               
teaching standards remain the same,  but learning styles for each                                                               
child can  now be tailored  in a  way that heretofore  would have                                                               
been costly to create and maintain.   He stressed that the use of                                                               
technical  devices  provides a  cost  efficient  means to  create                                                               
individualized, targeted, accessible curriculum.                                                                                
CHAIR DICK  noted that development  and engineering of  games and                                                               
applications for computer  devices is among the  ten most desired                                                               
college careers.                                                                                                                
8:44:45 AM                                                                                                                    
There being no  further business before the  committee, the House                                                               
Education Standing Committee meeting was adjourned at 8:46 a.m.                                                                 

Document Name Date/Time Subjects
HB 242 to CS HB 242 Differences 022412.docx HEDC 2/27/2012 8:00:00 AM
HB 242
CS HB242 ver B.pdf HEDC 2/27/2012 8:00:00 AM
HB 242
HB 242 Supporting Document TechNet 022412.doc HEDC 2/27/2012 8:00:00 AM
HB 242
HB242-EED-ESS-02-24-12 REVISED.pdf HEDC 2/27/2012 8:00:00 AM
HB 242