Legislature(2011 - 2012)CAPITOL 106

03/30/2012 08:00 AM EDUCATION


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08:04:15 AM Start
08:04:51 AM Presentation: Southeast Island School District
08:29:01 AM Presentation: Alaska Tech-prep Consortium
09:09:04 AM HB352
09:32:06 AM Adjourn
* first hearing in first committee of referral
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+ Presentation by Superintendent from Southeast TELECONFERENCED
Island School District
*+ HB 352 RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT CURRICULUM TELECONFERENCED
Heard & Held
+ Presentation: Alaska Tech Prep Consortium TELECONFERENCED
+ Bills Previously Heard/Scheduled TELECONFERENCED
                    ALASKA STATE LEGISLATURE                                                                                  
               HOUSE EDUCATION STANDING COMMITTEE                                                                             
                         March 30, 2012                                                                                         
                           8:04 a.m.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
MEMBERS PRESENT                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
Representative Alan Dick, Chair                                                                                                 
Representative Lance Pruitt, Vice Chair                                                                                         
Representative Eric Feige                                                                                                       
Representative Paul Seaton                                                                                                      
Representative Peggy Wilson                                                                                                     
Representative Sharon Cissna                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MEMBERS ABSENT                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
Representative Scott Kawasaki                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
COMMITTEE CALENDAR                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
PRESENTATION:  SOUTHEAST ISLAND SCHOOL DISTRICT                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
     - HEARD                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
PRESENTATION:  ALASKA TECH-PREP CONSORTIUM                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
     - HEARD                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
HOUSE BILL NO. 352                                                                                                              
"An Act relating to public school curriculum and textbook                                                                       
restrictions based on science, resource development, and                                                                        
sustained yield principles."                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
     - HEARD & HELD                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
PREVIOUS COMMITTEE ACTION                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
BILL: HB 352                                                                                                                  
SHORT TITLE: RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT CURRICULUM                                                                                    
SPONSOR(s): REPRESENTATIVE(s) DICK                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
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02/22/12       (H)       EDC                                                                                                    
03/30/12       (H)       EDC AT 8:00 AM CAPITOL 106                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
WITNESS REGISTER                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
LAUREN BURCH, Superintendent                                                                                                    
Southeast Island School District                                                                                                
Thorne Bay, Alaska                                                                                                              
POSITION  STATEMENT:   Presented a  PowerPoint titled  "Southeast                                                             
Island School District."                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
CATHY LECOMPTE, Member                                                                                                          
Board of Directors                                                                                                              
Alaska Tech Prep Consortium                                                                                                     
Anchorage, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION STATEMENT:   Presented a PowerPoint  titled "Growing Our                                                             
Own:   A  Systemic   Framework   for   Education  and   Workforce                                                               
Development in Alaska."                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
DIANE MAPLES, Statewide Tech Prep Coordinator                                                                                   
Alaska Tech Prep Consortium                                                                                                     
Anchorage, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION STATEMENT:   Presented a PowerPoint  titled "Growing Our                                                             
Own:   A  Systemic   Framework   for   Education  and   Workforce                                                               
Development in Alaska."                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
ALAN DICK                                                                                                                       
Alaska State Legislature                                                                                                        
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT:   Introduced HB 352, as the  prime sponsor of                                                             
the bill.                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
ACTION NARRATIVE                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
8:04:15 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  ALAN DICK  called the  House Education  Standing Committee                                                             
meeting  to order  at  8:04 a.m.    Representatives Dick,  Feige,                                                               
Seaton,  and  P.  Wilson  were  present at  the  call  to  order.                                                               
Representatives Cissna and  Pruitt arrived as the  meeting was in                                                               
progress.                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
^Presentation:  Southeast Island School District                                                                                
        Presentation:  Southeast Island School District                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
8:04:51 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR DICK announced that the first  order of business would be a                                                               
presentation by the Southeast Island School District.                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
8:05:11 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
LAUREN BURCH,  Superintendent, Southeast Island  School District,                                                               
directing  attention  to slide  2,  "Greenhouses,"  and slide  3,                                                               
"Renewable  Energy," reported  that the  district priorities  had                                                               
been greenhouses and wood fired boilers,  as both were a means to                                                               
lower costs  and both offered  jobs to  the community.   He noted                                                               
that  the  students  cut  the  wood  for  the  boilers,  and  did                                                               
custodial and  maintenance work to  earn money for  their outside                                                               
programs.    He  shared  that  this  engendered  pride  in  their                                                               
schools.   He explained that there  were 8 schools with  about 10                                                               
students each,  and a bigger school  with about 75 students.   He                                                               
reported that although the district  sustained a $100,000 loss on                                                               
its food program, the attendance  had risen remarkably once there                                                               
was a  food program.   He explained  that the  greenhouse program                                                               
would  help  supplement  the  foods  and  cut  the  costs,  while                                                               
allowing  the  excess  to  be  sold to  the  local  stores.    He                                                               
commented  that this  also  allowed students  to  try new  foods,                                                               
stating "if they can grow it, they'll try it."                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
8:10:26 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR DICK asked for a geographic description of the district.                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
MR. BURCH,  describing that  the school  district was  largely on                                                               
Prince of  Wales Island  and included  Port Alexander  and Hyder,                                                               
stated that access was primarily  by airplane, though there was a                                                               
road system to about half the schools.                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
8:11:31 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  P.  WILSON, commenting  on  the  cost for  travel                                                               
around the school district, said that  she had paid $1,000 to fly                                                               
to the Port Alexander school for the graduation ceremony.                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
MR. BURCH directed attention to  slide 6, "Enrollment and Poverty                                                               
Rates Fiscal Years 2004 to  2012," and stated that enrollment had                                                               
remained  constant  for  the  past   two  years  with  about  160                                                               
students, arresting  a downward trend  from 2004.  He  pointed to                                                               
the second  chart on  the slide, "Poverty  Rates," and  said that                                                               
the poverty rate  had remained constant at 70 percent.   He moved                                                               
on to slide 7, "Graduation  Rate Comparison," which reflected the                                                               
dramatic  success.   He  stated that  parents  and students  were                                                               
treated "like  a consumer, as  a business," and were  involved in                                                               
hiring, discussions  on curriculum,  and activities that  did not                                                               
require  travel costs.    He  listed ways  the  district had  cut                                                               
costs, which included the contracting  and combining of services.                                                               
He  said  that the  successes  of  the  school district  made  it                                                               
difficult  to  access  grants, as  grants  were  targeted  toward                                                               
failing schools and districts.   He declared that tenure had been                                                               
an issue, especially as many of  the schools in the district only                                                               
had one teacher.  He stated  that even an average teacher who was                                                               
not  working hard  could  close a  school  because parents  would                                                               
remove their  kids from the school.   He noted that  he moved the                                                               
poor performing  teachers between sites  to keep the  test scores                                                               
from permanently dropping.   He offered his belief  that a change                                                               
in the tenure  laws might result in either  better performance by                                                               
the poor teachers, or termination.   He shared that even a buyout                                                               
had  been  offered  to  the ineffective  tenured  teachers.    He                                                               
expressed  his confusion  with the  structure for  school funding                                                               
and  the inefficiency  of  the  "safety net."    As  most of  the                                                               
schools in  the district  had 10 students,  if one  student left,                                                               
the  school would  close,  and the  remaining  students would  be                                                               
enrolled at another  school.  This, however, would  not result in                                                               
any financial benefit, as the  next funding increase would be for                                                               
20 students  at a school.   He suggested a more  equitable system                                                               
would  be  a  percentage  of  funding that  he  could  count  on;                                                               
offering  funding based  on the  number of  students, instead  of                                                               
closing a school falling below a  minimum number of students.  He                                                               
said that  although there  was a lot  of student  movement within                                                               
the  district, students  stayed in  the same  school with  a good                                                               
teacher.   He said that  a 3  percent excess in  operating margin                                                               
was a "major  miracle."  He noted the difficulty  in planning for                                                               
a school when the enrollment was  always uncertain.  He said that                                                               
correspondence programs, boarding schools,  and even other school                                                               
districts were a continual threat  to lure students away from his                                                               
district schools.   He reported that a large  PFD distribution in                                                               
October also threatened the attendance in schools.                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
8:24:01 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  FEIGE asked  if  a change  in  the student  count                                                               
system,  using the  current  year count  for  the following  year                                                               
funding, would help the small schools.                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
8:24:27 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MR.  BURCH stated  his support  for that  proposal as  it allowed                                                               
predictability;  he  pointed  out,  however,  the  difficulty  of                                                               
opening a school which had been  closed, as the funding would not                                                               
be available for a year.                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
8:25:28 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  P.   WILSON  offered  her  belief   that  similar                                                               
problems   occurred   across   Alaska.     She   encouraged   the                                                               
superintendent to speak with other legislative committees.                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
8:26:50 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR DICK  commented that this presentation  had brought forward                                                               
a level of candor and reality.                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
8:27:11 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  CISSNA  noted  that other  schools  with  similar                                                               
issues had long existed across Alaska.                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
8:28:09 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
The committee took a brief at-ease.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
^Presentation:  Alaska Tech-Prep Consortium                                                                                     
           Presentation:  Alaska Tech-Prep Consortium                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
8:29:01 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR DICK announced  that the next order of business  would be a                                                               
presentation by the Alaska Tech-Prep Consortium.                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
8:29:42 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CATHY  LECOMPTE, Member,  Board  of Directors,  Alaska Tech  Prep                                                               
Consortium, directed attention to  slide 2, "Collaborative Action                                                               
within Network  to Align, Link and  Leverage Individual Efforts,"                                                               
which  depicted the  coordination to  align efforts.   She  noted                                                               
that  pockets  of  greatness  in the  state  were  being  brought                                                               
together  to create  momentum for  systemic change  for students.                                                               
She gave a  brief "History of Tech Prep in  Alaska," slide 3, and                                                               
said that it had been created  by the Department of Education and                                                               
Early   Development,  the   Department  of   Labor  &   Workforce                                                               
Development,  and  the   University  of  Alaska  in   2004  as  a                                                               
consortium model.   She reported that the  consortium included 44                                                               
school  districts, the  University of  Alaska, regional  training                                                               
centers, businesses, and  state agencies.  She moved  on to slide                                                               
4,  "Alaska  Tech  Consortium  Results,"  declaring  that  35,000                                                               
students had  earned college credits  in high school  since 2007.                                                               
She explained  that the  Tech Prep  mission was  to bring  a high                                                               
school teacher  and a  university professor  together to  form an                                                               
agreement  for a  student curriculum  for college  credits.   She                                                               
stated that the cost of $25  per credit to earn college credit in                                                               
high  school  had  saved  students and  parents  more  than  $3.5                                                               
million toward comparable credits during college attendance.                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
8:32:45 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
DIANE MAPLES,  Statewide Tech Prep Coordinator,  Alaska Tech Prep                                                               
Consortium, pointed  out that  this did  not include  the savings                                                               
for lab fees, books, and additional university costs.                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
MS. LECOMPTE explained  that a student could earn  credit in high                                                               
school  Tech Prep  programs, transfer  these  toward a  technical                                                               
certification,  and thereby  save time  and money.   She  offered                                                               
anecdotal data  that many  students had  remained in  high school                                                               
when they realized that these opportunities existed.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
8:35:25 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MS. LECOMPTE  directed attention to  slide 5, "Evolution  of Tech                                                               
Prep," and explained that the  curriculum alignment, built on the                                                               
relationship between  the secondary and  post-secondary teachers,                                                               
was jeopardized  by a transfer  by either teacher.   She reported                                                               
that  the  Consortium,  upon  evaluation  of  its  programs,  had                                                               
determined  that the  curriculum alignment  was too  dependent on                                                               
the  teacher relationships,  and needed  a system  of maintenance                                                               
beyond  any  changes.   She  said  that  the Consortium  was  now                                                               
working  to bring  organizations together  to build  this system.                                                               
She provided slide  6, "What About the Student  Experience?"  The                                                               
system  initially focused  from the  elementary grades  to middle                                                               
school on  the student  experience, as  a pathway  of exploration                                                               
for career  options.  In  high school, an  articulation agreement                                                               
focused more closely on career preparation and development.                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
8:38:18 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MS. LECOMPTE  presented slide  7, "Program  of Study  in Alaska,"                                                               
noting  that the  student  was the  focal  point and  curriculum,                                                               
employer engagement, accountability  and evaluation, professional                                                               
development,  technical  skills   assessment,  postsecondary  and                                                               
career readiness, guidance counseling  and advising, teaching and                                                               
learning   strategies,  cross-agency   partnerships,  legislation                                                               
policies  and  funding  all  revolved around  that  point.    She                                                               
elaborated on  some of these  aspects and emphasized  that access                                                               
to distance courses was important to meet student needs.                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
8:41:21 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MS. LECOMPTE  indicating slide 8, "Many  Conversations," reviewed                                                               
the progress of  the prior eight months.  She  shared that a task                                                               
force had been formed to replace  the Tech Prep policy board.  At                                                               
the same  time, the Alaska  Association for Career  and Technical                                                               
Education  (AACTE)  and the  Institute  of  the North  also  held                                                               
similar conversations, so together  they launched a collaborative                                                               
effort, the Alaska Career and  Technical Education Plan (AK CTE).                                                               
She described the framework used  to devise the program, slide 9,                                                               
"CTE  Alaska Style,"  and clarified  that  CTE was  a Career  and                                                               
Technical Education program created by  the Department of Labor &                                                               
Workforce   Development,  Department   of  Education   and  Early                                                               
Development, and the  University of Alaska.  She  spoke about the                                                               
Alaska  Career   Information  System   (AKCIS),  slide   10,  and                                                               
encouraged  its use  for the  personal learning  and career  plan                                                               
from kindergarten  to twelfth grade.   She described some  of the                                                               
modules which allowed students to  determine a future pathway and                                                               
the necessary education  and income.  She shared  that the system                                                               
was  available on  line,  so  that students  could  access it  no                                                               
matter where they were going to school.                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
8:46:26 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MS. LECOMPTE  indicated slide 11,  "CTE Alaska Style How  the POS                                                               
framework realizes the CTE Plan,"  and spoke about the curriculum                                                               
alignment for success.   She moved on to slide  12, "CTE Strategy                                                               
3," and discussed e-learning and  access for students to programs                                                               
and coursework.  She described  a progressive math class that was                                                               
delivered on-line,  while a teacher simultaneously  supported the                                                               
program, through the Collaborative Teaching Model.                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
8:49:52 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MS. MAPLES reported  that the state had been  awarded a Broadband                                                               
Technologies  Opportunity  Program  grant, which  allowed  better                                                               
internet access for  courses, programs, and resources.   When the                                                               
student was the  center focus, she said,  possibilities opened up                                                               
and  access  to  course  delivery  could  be  cultivated  through                                                               
creative  means.    She declared  that  the  consortium  provided                                                               
access to the best practices already existing in Alaska.                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
8:51:52 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MS. LECOMPTE reviewed  slide 13, "CTE Strategy  4," and explained                                                               
that   teacher   professional   development  was   integral   for                                                               
connecting   teacher  and   employer  externships   that  allowed                                                               
teachers to understand the real time  use of the curriculum.  She                                                               
explained  slide 14,  "CTE Strategy  5," and  said that  students                                                               
could  access learning  through  technology  beyond the  physical                                                               
plant of schools.                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
8:53:01 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MS. LECOMPTE indicated slide 15,  "CTE Strategy 6," and explained                                                               
that braided  funding was created when  cross agency partnerships                                                               
supported a position, such as  the consortium.  She declared that                                                               
the framework  was ready  to implement the  model, and  that they                                                               
were  now  looking  for  partners,  slide  16  "Implementing  the                                                               
Model."   She declared that the  initial focus was to  the health                                                               
industry, and  its need for  an allied workforce.   She explained                                                               
how this  partnership with the Alaska  Health Workforce Coalition                                                               
was progressing, slide 17, "Action  Plan Objectives."  Currently,                                                               
an integrated Program of Study  framework had been developed, and                                                               
was  now ready  to  be  implemented in  three  local high  school                                                               
districts.   She  shared that  district  partnerships were  still                                                               
being  sought to  facilitate  and implement  the  strategy.   She                                                               
presented  slide 18,  "AHWC  Program of  Study  Task Force,"  and                                                               
stated that  a funding  partner was necessary  for a  position to                                                               
oversee the continued development  of current technical education                                                               
in  Alaska and  its  implementation.   She  noted  a  need for  a                                                               
longitudinal  database  to  measure   success  and  validate  the                                                               
program.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
8:57:16 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE P.  WILSON asked how many  districts were involved                                                               
with the five classes currently offered.                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
MS.  LECOMPTE   replied  that   44  districts   had  articulation                                                               
agreements.  She  explained that the five  aligned health courses                                                               
were part of  the framework to the system that  would be provided                                                               
to the districts.                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  P.  WILSON,  describing   how  the  courses  were                                                               
working in  Wrangell, said that  some high school  students would                                                               
graduate with 30 college credits.                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
MS. LECOMPTE, in response to  Representative P. Wilson, said that                                                               
Alaska's Learning Network  (AKLN) was an agency  partner, and she                                                               
described how a holistic grid was  used to determine a program of                                                               
study that could align with an Alaska Performance Scholarship.                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  P.  WILSON  asked   about  the  funding  for  the                                                               
consortium.                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
MS.  LECOMPTE  explained  that,  although  the  original  federal                                                               
funding  source was  no  longer available,  six  states were  now                                                               
using this  framework to broaden  the focus  from Tech Prep  to a                                                               
more  systemic  view  for  academic   and  career  and  technical                                                               
courses.    She  opined  that support  may  be  forthcoming,  but                                                               
emphasized that the current momentum needed to be maintained.                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
9:02:38 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR DICK asked how much funding was needed.                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
MS. LECOMPTE replied that the need was for $302,000.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
9:02:48 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE P. WILSON asked if  she had made a presentation to                                                               
the  House Finance  Committee, as  that  committee was  currently                                                               
talking with other groups about education funding.                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
9:04:08 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MS.  MAPLES said  that, although  the university  had included  a                                                               
request to  the governor  for funding to  this program  for three                                                               
years, it had been vetoed.                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
MS. LECOMPTE stated  that the University of Alaska  had been very                                                               
supportive  to  Tech Prep.    She  expressed her  excitement  for                                                               
enlarging the program into the  systemic holistic framework.  She                                                               
declared the necessity for agreement to the model framework.                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
9:05:26 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  SEATON   noted  that  standards   and  individual                                                               
student tracking could now be  implemented with this program.  As                                                               
it appeared to engage the students,  he declared the need for its                                                               
implementation, instead of waiting for more studies.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
9:07:11 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR DICK  said that, as 93  percent of ninth graders  would not                                                               
finish  a  four  year  college   degree  program,  this  systemic                                                               
framework appeared to fulfill the need.                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
9:08:13 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE P.  WILSON offered her agreement  and stressed the                                                               
need to fund and continue this work.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
             HB 352-RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT CURRICULUM                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
9:09:04 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR DICK  announced that the  final order of business  would be                                                               
HOUSE BILL NO. 352, "An  Act relating to public school curriculum                                                               
and   textbook   restrictions    based   on   science,   resource                                                               
development, and sustained yield principles."                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
[Chair Dick passed the gavel to Vice Chair Pruitt]                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
The committee took a brief at-ease.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
9:10:54 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
ALAN DICK, Alaska  State Legislature, said that,  although HB 352                                                               
was a  simple and forthright  bill, it  was important and  he had                                                               
substantial constituent concern for this  issue.  He presented HB
352,  paraphrasing  from the  sponsor  statement,  which read  as                                                               
follows [original punctuation provided]:                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
     "An  Act  relating  to  public  school  curriculum  and                                                                    
     textbook  restrictions   based  on   science,  resource                                                                    
     development, and sustained yield principles."                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
     Alaska State Constitution                                                                                                  
     Section 2. General Authority                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
     "The  legislature shall  provide  for the  utilization,                                                                    
     development, and conservation  of all natural resources                                                                    
     belonging to the State, including  land and waters, for                                                                    
     the maximum benefit of its people".                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
     Like many  other states, Alaska has  educators who come                                                                    
     from  various backgrounds  who may  be unfamiliar  with                                                                    
     Alaska's  constitutional   directives  regarding  State                                                                    
     resources.   The  purpose of  this bill  is to  clearly                                                                    
     state  that the  curriculum in  local schools  supports                                                                    
     the intent of the Constitution.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
     Educational   materials  must   give   parity  to   the                                                                    
     viewpoint   of  use   and   development   as  well   as                                                                    
     conservation  of all  natural  resources.   Educational                                                                    
     materials  should  recognize  that the  economic  well-                                                                    
     being of the State is totally dependent upon careful,                                                                      
     sustainable resource development.                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
9:12:31 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR DICK said  that many of the teachers in  the state were not                                                               
familiar  with  the  constitutional  directives  regarding  State                                                               
resources.   He offered his belief  that sustainable, responsible                                                               
resource  development   was  necessary  for   adequate  financial                                                               
management; therefore,  it was important  for an awareness  to be                                                               
brought  to the  educational  field of  an  adequate balance  and                                                               
parity in the curriculum for responsible resource development.                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
9:15:24 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE P.  WILSON asked if  the proposed bill  would also                                                               
include the university.   She encouraged the  sponsor to consider                                                               
that inclusion.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
VICE CHAIR PRUITT,  referring to the fiscal note,  opined that it                                                               
did not include the university.                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  DICK, in  response to  Representative P.  Wilson, declared                                                               
that he would  be open to "any friendly amendment  you would like                                                               
to make in that regard."                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
9:16:39 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE SEATON,  reading from  the proposed bill,  page 1,                                                               
line  6,   "shall  base   curriculum  development   and  textbook                                                               
selection" on these principles, asked  how a biology course would                                                               
be  taught using  a textbook  that  did not  meet the  stipulated                                                               
criteria for utilization of wild game.                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR DICK responded that a portion  of a textbook could be used,                                                               
and  then   other  materials  could   be  used  to   balance  the                                                               
curriculum.                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE SEATON  offered his belief that  the proposed bill                                                               
stated  that   textbook  selection   shall  be  based   on  those                                                               
principles listed in AS 14.30.380(A).                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
VICE  CHAIR   PRUITT  suggested  that  the   perspective  of  the                                                               
Department of Education and Early Development would be useful.                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
9:18:34 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  SEATON acknowledged  that  every school  district                                                               
was  required to  select textbooks,  but as  this was  a proposed                                                               
state  law,  it could  restrict  the  selection.   Declaring  his                                                               
concern   for  unintended   consequences  to   individual  school                                                               
districts, he suggested hearing testimony from the districts.                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
9:19:39 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  DICK expressed  that there  was not  any intent  to "limit                                                               
anybody to anything."  He  suggested a friendly amendment to base                                                               
curriculum development  and implementation on  the constitutional                                                               
principles, and  remove "textbook  selection."  This  would allow                                                               
freedom  for  the   selection  of  textbooks,  as   long  as  the                                                               
curriculum  recognized  "the  balance  that's  reflected  in  the                                                               
constitution."                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
9:20:24 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  P. WILSON  offered her  belief that  the proposed                                                               
bill was  "a policy  call that  we need to  be thinking  about on                                                               
what we  think should  be taught"  and that  it was  necessary to                                                               
teach   that   responsible   resource  development   could   keep                                                               
"everything as pristine as we can."                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
9:22:33 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR DICK suggested listening to public testimony.                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
9:22:53 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
VICE  CHAIR PRUITT  directed attention  to a  similar program  in                                                               
Utah to  help the  citizens better  understand that  state income                                                               
was derived from resource development.                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
9:24:22 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  DICK  reiterated that  the  proposed  legislation was  not                                                               
intended to create a limiting factor.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
9:24:59 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  P. WILSON  suggested including  all the  teaching                                                               
institutions of the state in the proposed legislation.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
9:25:27 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
VICE CHAIR  PRUITT offered his  belief that  private institutions                                                               
could not have the state dictate curriculum.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
9:26:16 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE SEATON  reminded the  committee that  the proposed                                                               
legislation  would  not  apply   to  the  private  and  religious                                                               
schools, with or  without funding.  He referred to  page 1, lines                                                               
11-13  of  the  proposed  bill,   and  read:    "utilization  and                                                               
development  of   all  nonrenewable  resources  in   addition  to                                                               
encouragement of balancing  resource development and conservation                                                               
...."   He  suggested discussion  with the  state representatives                                                               
involved in the dispute regarding the proposed Pebble Mine.                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
9:27:34 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR DICK, in response to  Representative Seaton, explained that                                                               
the intent  of the  proposed legislation was  to ensure  that any                                                               
teaching reflected the Alaska State  Constitution, not to mandate                                                               
what was being taught.                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
9:28:31 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE SEATON  read the  constitutional passage  from the                                                               
sponsor  statement:    "The legislature  shall  provide  for  the                                                               
utilization,   development,    and   conservation    of   natural                                                               
resources...."  He determined that  it had a different focus than                                                               
page 1, lines  11-13, of the proposed  legislation:  "utilization                                                               
and  development of  all nonrenewable  resources  in addition  to                                                               
encouragement    of    balancing   resource    development    and                                                               
conservation...."   He  questioned  whether this  was a  parallel                                                               
construction to the constitution.                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
9:29:14 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
VICE CHAIR  PRUITT offered his  belief that everyone  should have                                                               
an  understanding  of  what  drives the  state  economy,  and  he                                                               
allowed that the Fiscal Policy  Committee was wrestling with this                                                               
same question.  He declared a  necessity to state that both views                                                               
for resource development were presented.                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
9:30:36 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  SEATON reiterated  that the  construction of  the                                                               
proposed bill needed to ensure that the intent was upheld.                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
9:31:04 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR DICK declared his desire for meaningful legislation with                                                                  
no long term consequences.                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
VICE CHAIR PRUITT reported that other states had done this, as                                                                  
well.                                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
[HB 352 was held over]                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
9:31:53 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
[Vice Chair Pruitt returned the gavel to Chair Dick]                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
9:32:06 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
ADJOURNMENT                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
There being no further business before the committee, the House                                                                 
Education Standing Committee meeting was adjourned at 9:32 a.m.                                                                 

Document Name Date/Time Subjects
HB 352 Version A 032912.pdf HEDC 3/30/2012 8:00:00 AM
HB 352
HB352-EED-TLS-3-23-12.pdf HEDC 3/30/2012 8:00:00 AM
HB 352
HB 352 Sponsor Statement Version A 032912.pdf HEDC 3/30/2012 8:00:00 AM
HB 352