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+ SB 57 LITERACY, PUPIL TRANSP, TEACHER NOTICES TELECONFERENCED
Moved HCS CSSB 57(EDC) Out of Committee
*+ HB 197 LITERACY PROGRAM TELECONFERENCED
<Bill Hearing Canceled>
*+ HB 179 BROADBAND DISCOUNTS FOR SCHOOLS TELECONFERENCED
Moved CSHB 179(EDC) Out of Committee
+= HB 190 CREDIT FOR SECONDARY SCHOOL COURSES TELECONFERENCED
Moved CSHB 190(EDC) Out of Committee
*+ HB 189 HAZING TELECONFERENCED
<Bill Hearing Canceled>
+ Bills Previously Heard/Scheduled TELECONFERENCED
                    ALASKA STATE LEGISLATURE                                                                                  
               HOUSE EDUCATION STANDING COMMITTEE                                                                             
                         April 8, 2013                                                                                          
                           8:13 a.m.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
MEMBERS PRESENT                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
Representative Lynn Gattis, Chair                                                                                               
Representative Gabrielle LeDoux                                                                                                 
Representative Dan Saddler                                                                                                      
Representative Paul Seaton                                                                                                      
Representative Peggy Wilson                                                                                                     
Representative Harriet Drummond                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
MEMBERS ABSENT                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
Representative Lora Reinbold, Vice Chair                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
COMMITTEE CALENDAR                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
HOUSE CS FOR CS FOR SENATE BILL NO. 57                                                                                          
"An Act relating to parental  involvement in education; adjusting                                                               
pupil  transportation funding;  amending  the  time required  for                                                               
employers  to   give  tenured  teachers  notification   of  their                                                               
nonretention; and providing for an effective date."                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
     - MOVED HCS CSSB 57(EDC) OUT OF COMMITTEE                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
HOUSE BILL NO. 179                                                                                                              
"An Act providing for public school funding for Internet                                                                        
services; and providing for an effective date."                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
     - MOVED CSHB 179(EDC) OUT OF COMMITTEE                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
HOUSE BILL NO. 190                                                                                                              
"An Act providing for course credit in secondary school based on                                                                
demonstrated mastery of the subject."                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
     - MOVED CSHB 190(EDC) OUT OF COMMITTEE                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
HOUSE BILL NO. 189                                                                                                              
"An Act relating to hazing."                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
     - BILL HEARING CANCELED                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
HOUSE BILL NO. 197                                                                                                              
"An  Act requiring  the  establishment of  a  reading program  in                                                               
school   districts  for   grades   kindergarten  through   three;                                                               
providing  for student  retention in  grade three;  and providing                                                               
for a report on the reading program and on student retention."                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
     - BILL HEARING CANCELED                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
PREVIOUS COMMITTEE ACTION                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
BILL: SB 57                                                                                                                   
SHORT TITLE: LITERACY, PUPIL TRANSP, TEACHER NOTICES                                                                            
SPONSOR(s): SENATOR(s) STEVENS                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
02/15/13       (S)       READ THE FIRST TIME - REFERRALS                                                                        
02/15/13       (S)       EDC, FIN                                                                                               
03/13/13       (S)       EDC AT 8:00 AM BELTZ 105 (TSBldg)                                                                      
03/13/13       (S)       Heard & Held                                                                                           
03/13/13       (S)       MINUTE(EDC)                                                                                            
03/20/13       (S)       EDC RPT CS  2DP 3AM   SAME TITLE                                                                       
03/20/13       (S)       DP: STEVENS, DUNLEAVY                                                                                  
03/20/13       (S)       AM: HUGGINS, STEDMAN, GARDNER                                                                          
03/20/13       (S)       EDC AT 8:00 AM BELTZ 105 (TSBldg)                                                                      
03/20/13       (S)       Moved CSSB  57(EDC) Out of Committee                                                                   
03/20/13       (S)       MINUTE(EDC)                                                                                            
03/28/13       (S)       FIN AT 9:00 AM SENATE FINANCE 532                                                                      
03/28/13       (S)       Heard & Held                                                                                           
03/28/13       (S)       MINUTE(FIN)                                                                                            
04/02/13       (S)       FIN AT 6:00 PM SENATE FINANCE 532                                                                      
04/02/13       (S)       Moved CSSB  57(FIN) Out of Committee                                                                   
04/02/13       (S)       MINUTE(FIN)                                                                                            
04/03/13       (S)       FIN RPT CS  2DP 4NR  SAME TITLE                                                                        
04/03/13       (S)       DP: MEYER, DUNLEAVY                                                                                    
04/03/13       (S)       NR: HOFFMAN, FAIRCLOUGH, BISHOP, OLSON                                                                 
04/05/13       (S)       TRANSMITTED TO (H)                                                                                     
04/05/13       (S)       VERSION: CSSB 57(FIN)                                                                                  
04/06/13       (H)       READ THE FIRST TIME - REFERRALS                                                                        
04/06/13       (H)       EDC, FIN                                                                                               
04/08/13       (H)       EDC AT 8:00 AM CAPITOL 106                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
BILL: HB 179                                                                                                                  
SHORT TITLE: BROADBAND DISCOUNTS FOR SCHOOLS                                                                                    
SPONSOR(s): REPRESENTATIVE(s) NAGEAK                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
03/20/13       (H)       READ THE FIRST TIME - REFERRALS                                                                        
03/20/13       (H)       EDC, FIN                                                                                               
04/08/13       (H)       EDC AT 8:00 AM CAPITOL 106                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
BILL: HB 190                                                                                                                  
SHORT TITLE: CREDIT FOR SECONDARY SCHOOL COURSES                                                                                
SPONSOR(s): REPRESENTATIVE(s) SEATON                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
03/28/13       (H)       READ THE FIRST TIME - REFERRALS                                                                        
03/28/13       (H)       EDC                                                                                                    
04/03/13       (H)       EDC AT 8:00 AM CAPITOL 106                                                                             
04/03/13       (H)       Scheduled But Not Heard                                                                                
04/05/13       (H)       EDC AT 8:00 AM CAPITOL 106                                                                             
04/05/13       (H)       Heard & Held                                                                                           
04/05/13       (H)       MINUTE(EDC)                                                                                            
04/08/13       (H)       EDC AT 8:00 AM CAPITOL 106                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
WITNESS REGISTER                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
TIM LAMKIN, Staff                                                                                                               
Senator Gary Stevens                                                                                                            
Alaska State Legislature                                                                                                        
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT:  Presented SB 57 on behalf of the bill                                                                    
sponsor, Senator Stevens.                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
JOHN ELCANTRA, Representative                                                                                                   
National Education Association - Alaska (NEA)                                                                                   
Anchorage, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION STATEMENT:  Testified and answered questions during                                                                  
discussion on SB 57.                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
BRUCE JOHNSON, Executive Director                                                                                               
Alaska Council of School Administrators                                                                                         
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT:  Testified in support of SB 57, testified in                                                              
support of HB 179, and testified in support of HB 190.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
MIKE COONS                                                                                                                      
Palmer, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT:  Testified in support of SB 57.                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
DEENA PARAMO, Superintendent                                                                                                    
Matanuska-Susitna Borough School District                                                                                       
Palmer, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT:  Testified and answered questions during                                                                  
discussion of SB 57 and testified in support of HB 179.                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE BENJAMIN NAGEAK                                                                                                  
Alaska State Legislature                                                                                                        
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT:  Introduced HB 179 as the sponsor of the                                                                  
bill.                                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
PEGGY COWAN, Superintendent                                                                                                     
North Slope Borough School District                                                                                             
Point Hope, Alaska                                                                                                              
POSITION STATEMENT:  Testified in support of HB 179.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
LINDA THIBODEAU, Director                                                                                                       
Office of the Director                                                                                                          
Libraries, Archives & Museums                                                                                                   
Department of Education and Early Development (EED)                                                                             
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT:  Testified and answered questions during                                                                  
discussion of HB 179.                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
DAVE JONES, Assistant Superintendent                                                                                            
Kenai Peninsula Borough School District (KPBSD)                                                                                 
Soldotna, Alaska                                                                                                                
POSITION STATEMENT:  Testified in support of HB 179.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
CARL ROSE, Executive Director                                                                                                   
Association of Alaska School Boards (AASB)                                                                                      
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT:  Testified in support of HB 179.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
GENE STONE, Assistant Superintendent                                                                                            
Matanuska-Susitna Borough School District                                                                                       
Palmer, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT:  Testified and answered questions during                                                                  
discussion of HB 190.                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
HERB SCHROEDER, Vice Provost                                                                                                    
University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA)                                                                                            
Alaska Native Science and Engineering Program (ANSEP)                                                                           
Anchorage, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION STATEMENT:  Testified in support of HB 190.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
MIKE HANLEY, Commissioner                                                                                                       
Office of the Commissioner                                                                                                      
Department of Education and Early Development (EED)                                                                             
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT:  Testified and answered questions during                                                                  
discussion of HB 190.                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
ACTION NARRATIVE                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
8:13:02 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR LYNN  GATTIS called the House  Education Standing Committee                                                             
meeting to order  at 8:13 a.m.   Representatives Gattis, Saddler,                                                               
LeDoux, Drummond, P. Wilson, and  Seaton were present at the call                                                               
to order.                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
         SB 57-LITERACY, PUPIL TRANSP, TEACHER NOTICES                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
8:13:50 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR GATTIS announced that the  first order of business would be                                                               
SENATE BILL NO.  57, "An Act relating to  parental involvement in                                                               
education; adjusting  pupil transportation funding;  amending the                                                               
time   required   for   employers  to   give   tenured   teachers                                                               
notification  of   their  nonretention;  and  providing   for  an                                                               
effective date."  [Before the committee was CSSB 57(FIN).]                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
8:14:11 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
TIM   LAMKIN,  Staff,   Senator   Gary   Stevens,  Alaska   State                                                               
Legislature, speaking on behalf  of the sponsor, Senator Stevens,                                                               
stated that  proposed SB  57 was an  effort to  increase parental                                                               
involvement in  student literacy  skills by  the third  grade; to                                                               
change  the layoff  notification deadline  for tenured  teachers;                                                               
and to  adjust pupil  transportation funding.   He  declared that                                                               
the data  for student  success emphasized  the need  for parental                                                               
involvement in order for students  to gain proficiency in reading                                                               
by the  third grade.   He pointed to  the learning tools  used by                                                               
many   states,    including   identification    and   assessment,                                                               
intervention with  remediation, and policies for  retention which                                                               
were all  necessary strategies prior  to that age.   He explained                                                               
that  the proposed  bill would  communicate these  strategies and                                                               
information on the  importance of early literacy  annually to the                                                               
parents.   These  communications would  include a  media campaign                                                               
with  an  internet  website,  as well  as  local  television  and                                                               
advertising  programs for  better recognition  of the  importance                                                               
for  literacy proficiency  by the  third grade.   He  offered his                                                               
belief that  the lay-off notification  date for  tenured teachers                                                               
and the  transportation funding for  the next three  fiscal years                                                               
also contained  in the proposed  bill had already  been discussed                                                               
in the committee.                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
8:18:22 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  SEATON  indicated  that  a  Conceptual  Amendment                                                               
would be offered following the testimony.                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
8:19:42 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
The committee took an at-ease from 8:19 a.m. to 8:22 a.m.                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
8:22:14 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR GATTIS brought the committee back to order.                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE DRUMMOND asked if  the committee had already moved                                                               
a similar pupil transportation bill.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  GATTIS expressed  agreement,  and  reminded the  committee                                                               
that  the sponsor  had noted  that bills  similar to  sections of                                                               
proposed SB 57 had already been moved by the committee.                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
8:23:34 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR GATTIS opened public testimony.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
8:24:00 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
JOHN ELCANTRA,  Representative, National Education  Association -                                                               
Alaska (NEA), said that he  represented the 13,000 members of the                                                               
National  Education  Association -  Alaska.    He referred  to  a                                                               
letter  submitted to  the  bill sponsor,  dated  March 18,  2013,                                                               
which  had   discussed  the  notification  of   tenured  teachers                                                               
[Included  in members'  packets].   He  reported  that there  was                                                               
considerable  concern  from  teachers, especially  those  in  the                                                               
"disciplines  of art,  music, and  counselors, folks  that are  a                                                               
little outside the general education  mainstream and are a little                                                               
more  worried,  rightfully so..."    He  pointed out  that  their                                                               
smaller  numbers would  allow for  non-retention more  quickly in                                                               
the  current budget  cutting environment.   He  suggested that  a                                                               
date of April 20, or a  few days following the adjournment of the                                                               
legislature, would  be a more appropriate  date for non-retention                                                               
notification  to  tenured  teachers, as  school  districts  would                                                               
better understand  the upcoming  budget.   He offered  a personal                                                               
anecdote   regarding   motivation   and  encouragement   by   his                                                               
daughter's music  teacher.   He declared support  by the  NEA for                                                               
proposed  SB   57,  only   suggesting  a   change  of   date  for                                                               
notification of non-retention.                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
8:28:25 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  LEDOUX questioned  whether job  fairs would  also                                                               
change  dates in  response to  the  date change  in the  proposed                                                               
bill.                                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
MR.  ELCANTRA expressed  his agreement  regarding  the job  fairs                                                               
held in Alaska, but he  questioned a corresponding change for job                                                               
fair dates in other states.                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
8:29:13 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE DRUMMOND  reiterated that, once  education funding                                                               
had been recognized, an earlier date was better.                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
MR. ELCANTRA expressed agreement  that more time for non-retained                                                               
teachers to pursue their career was better.                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
8:30:13 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  SADDLER commented  that,  as  there were  various                                                               
interpretations to the  length of session, this  could affect the                                                               
aforementioned date.                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
MR. ELCANTRA expressed his agreement.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
8:30:40 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  SEATON directed  attention to  the aforementioned                                                               
NEA letter of support included in the members' packets.                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
8:31:31 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
BRUCE  JOHNSON,  Executive  Director, Alaska  Council  of  School                                                               
Administrators,  stated support  by the  membership for  proposed                                                               
SB 57 as it would inflation-proof  the pupil transportation costs                                                               
and  contracts.   He  declared  support  for the  early  literacy                                                               
programs,  as well.   He  indicated that  school districts  often                                                               
offered  contracts and  set non-retention  dates that  worked for                                                               
the  area  and  in  anticipation  of  legislative  funding.    He                                                               
declared  the importance  for retention  of specialists  and core                                                               
teachers through early action.                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
8:33:40 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MIKE  COONS  declared that,  if  NEA  was against  something,  he                                                               
supported  it.   He  stated that  school administrations  already                                                               
distributed non-retention  notices prior  to the  finalization of                                                               
the education  budget by the legislature.   He noted that  he was                                                               
unemployed and  knew how  to look  for other  jobs.   He declared                                                               
that job resumes  could be withdrawn if a job  was available.  He                                                               
declared  his support  for  the date  of May  15  in the  current                                                               
version of the proposed bill.                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
8:35:41 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR GATTIS closed public testimony.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
8:35:50 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  SEATON  offered  Conceptual  Amendment  1,  which                                                               
would add language to repeal Section 4 on November 1, 2015.                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE P. WILSON objected for discussion.                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE SEATON explained that,  as there was intention for                                                               
"statewide  coordinated  pupil   transportation  contracts,"  the                                                               
Consumer  Price  Index adjustment  would  be  in effect  for  the                                                               
school year,  2015, but this  would allow for negotiation  of new                                                               
transportation  contracts  without   any  provisions  already  in                                                               
place.   He added that the  sponsor of SB 57  had determined this                                                               
to be a friendly amendment.                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
8:37:23 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  P.  WILSON  declared  this  to  be  an  important                                                               
amendment because  of the possibility for  increasing competition                                                               
for a statewide pupil transportation contract.                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE P. WILSON removed her objection.                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
8:38:17 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR GATTIS  reminded the committee  of a prior  House Education                                                               
Standing  Committee  discussion   on  transportation,  which  had                                                               
agreed to "bridge the gap from now until those bus contracts."                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
8:38:53 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE LEDOUX  asked for further information  regarding a                                                               
date change from May 15 to April 20.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
8:39:03 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE SEATON  suggested that the fiscal  note be revised                                                               
to reflect the date change.                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
8:39:34 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
There being  no further objection  to Conceptual Amendment  1, it                                                               
was adopted.                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE LEDOUX  renewed her  request for  more information                                                               
regarding the date change.                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
8:40:10 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR GATTIS opened public testimony.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
DEENA  PARAMO, Superintendent,  Matanuska-Susitna Borough  School                                                               
District, said  that the  new date stipulated  in proposed  SB 57                                                               
was  within  the  parameters for  knowledge  of  school  district                                                               
funding, and  allowed the districts  to ensure the  best teachers                                                               
for  the following  school year.    She declared  that this  date                                                               
worked for the Matanuska-Susitna Borough School District.                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
8:42:04 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  LEDOUX  asked  whether there  were  concerns  for                                                               
moving the date earlier in the year, as suggested by the NEA.                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
DR.  PARAMO replied  that  the  Matanuska-Susitna Borough  School                                                               
District  preferred  the  May  15   date,  as  it  would  take  a                                                               
significant amount  of time  to get  contracts prepared  by April                                                               
20.   She  reported that  the  local contribution  to the  school                                                               
district  was not  determined until  after the  state legislature                                                               
had made its decisions.                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR GATTIS closed public testimony.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
8:43:16 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE SEATON moved to report  CSSB 57 (FIN), as amended,                                                               
out  of   committee  with  individual  recommendations   and  the                                                               
accompanying   fiscal  notes.      There   being  no   objection,                                                               
HCS CSSB 57  (EDC) was  moved from  the House  Education Standing                                                               
Committee.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
             HB 179-BROADBAND DISCOUNTS FOR SCHOOLS                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
8:44:09 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR GATTIS announced  that the next order of  business would be                                                               
HOUSE BILL NO.  179, "An Act providing for  public school funding                                                               
for telecommunications or Internet services."                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
8:44:24 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE   BENJAMIN  NAGEAK,   Alaska  State   Legislature,                                                               
explaining  the proposed  bill,  paraphrased  from the  following                                                               
prepared statement [original punctuation provided]:                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
     The  E-rate  program  provides federal  funding  for  a                                                                    
     portion of a  school district's telecommunication cost.                                                                    
     HB 179 will  provide state funding for  the portion not                                                                    
     covered  by  the federal  discount.    For FY  14  that                                                                    
     amount is approximately $13.8 million dollars.                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
     This  bill also  allows  school  districts to  increase                                                                    
     their bandwidth.  Right now  about 1/3 or approximately                                                                    
     170 schools  have less than  10 megabits per  second of                                                                    
     Internet services.   HB 179  will allow  school schools                                                                    
     below  10  megabits  per  second to  come  up  to  that                                                                    
     minimum  level and  receive state  reimbursement.   For                                                                    
     schools that  are already at  that level or  higher, HB                                                                    
     179  allows those  schools to  increase 10%  over their                                                                    
     prior year and  receive state funding.   This bill does                                                                    
     not limit  any school district to  higher increases but                                                                    
     does limit the state contribution at that point.                                                                           
     This bill will benefit  all school districts across the                                                                    
     state.    HB 179  will  assists  school districts  with                                                                    
     their  Internet  needs  and bring  all  schools  across                                                                    
     Alaska to a minimum level of Internet services.                                                                            
     Thank you for again for hearing  this bill today.  I am                                                                    
     happy to  answer any questions the  committee may have.                                                                    
     My staff  is available  and there  are people  from the                                                                    
     Department online to answer questions as well.                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
8:46:24 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  SEATON  moved  to adopt  the  proposed  committee                                                               
substitute  (CS)  for  HB   170,  labeled  28-LS0679\U,  Mischel,                                                               
4/5/13, as the working draft.   There being no objection, Version                                                               
U was before the committee.                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
8:47:01 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  NAGEAK  explained  the  changes in  the  CS,  and                                                               
paraphrased from the following prepared statement:                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
     Removed  "telecommunication" from  the  bill on  advice                                                                    
     from the department.                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
     Removed  Title   1  references   on  advice   from  the                                                                    
     department.                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
     For  FY14 the  state match  would be  the total  of the                                                                    
     applicant's  share.   This  is  considered   the  "base                                                                    
     amount."                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
     Beginning  in FY15,  for those  school districts  whose                                                                    
     Internet services are  faster than 10 megabits-a-second                                                                    
     the amount they  are eligible to receive  is limited to                                                                    
     10 percent increase from the previous year's amount.                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
     Beginning  in FY15,  for those  school districts  whose                                                                    
     Internet services are  slower than 10 megabits-a-second                                                                    
     the amount  they are eligible  to receive  can increase                                                                    
     more than 10 percent from the previous year's amount.                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
8:48:27 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
PEGGY   COWAN,  Superintendent,   North   Slope  Borough   School                                                               
District, stated that the proposed  bill supported all the school                                                               
districts in Alaska, as increased  costs and flat funding created                                                               
a  continuing   challenge  to   provide  the   necessary  student                                                               
programs.   She declared that  funding for internet  services was                                                               
critical  for education.    It  allowed the  State  of Alaska  to                                                               
leverage   federal   funds   for   a   percentage   of   district                                                               
telecommunications   services.     She  encouraged   support  for                                                               
proposed HB 179.                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
8:50:08 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE P. WILSON  asked for an explanation  of the E-rate                                                               
program.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
8:50:23 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MS. COWAN explained that it  was a per school determination, with                                                               
an application that  required the school district to  bid out its                                                               
telecommunication  services.     She   stated  that   a  formula,                                                               
established   by  poverty   rates,  would   define  the   average                                                               
reimbursement  percentage   to  each  school  district,   with  a                                                               
specific rate  to specific schools.   She  compared reimbursement                                                               
percentages  among various  Rural Alaska  school districts.   She                                                               
noted that  the amount of  reimbursement was based on  the amount                                                               
spent on  telecommunication, but that the  level of reimbursement                                                               
was based on federal poverty guidelines for the school district.                                                                
                                                                                                                                
MS. COWAN,  in response  to Representative  P. Wilson,  said that                                                               
the proposed bill  would allow her school district  to receive an                                                               
increase  of  more than  10  percent  reimbursement for  internet                                                               
services  up to  10 megabits-a-second,  beginning in  2015.   She                                                               
declared  that this  was  a  big step  forward  for rural  school                                                               
districts.   She reported that,  currently, the rural  schools in                                                               
her district had  less than 3 megabits, compared  to 100 megabits                                                               
in  the Alaska  legislative offices.   She  pointed out  that any                                                               
school  districts  with  more  than 10  megabits  would  also  be                                                               
eligible to increase funding by up to 10 percent.                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
8:54:11 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE SADDLER, asking about  the Department of Commerce,                                                               
Community &  Economic Development statewide broadband  task force                                                               
to increase  bandwidth for rural communities,  questioned how the                                                               
proposed bill would "mesh with that effort."                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MS. COWAN replied that, although  proposed HB 179 would not solve                                                               
the broadband issue,  it was a step in the  right direction.  The                                                               
populated areas  of the  state did not  have the  Internet access                                                               
issues that  the rural areas  had, and  this was the  concern for                                                               
the taskforce.   She offered  her belief  that there would  be an                                                               
attempt  to   bring  up  to   450  megabits  to  all   the  rural                                                               
communities.   She clarified that  the proposed bill  would allow                                                               
the  rural school  districts  to afford  to  utilize the  current                                                               
technology,  and make  available  distance courses  in order  for                                                               
students  to  compete  for  the  performance  scholarship.    She                                                               
emphasized that  this was  not the  fix that  the task  force was                                                               
researching.                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE SADDLER  called attention to  previous legislation                                                               
regarding bandwidth.                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
8:57:23 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  P.  WILSON  asked  to clarify  that  each  school                                                               
contracted for these services.                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
LINDA  THIBODEAU, Director,  Office of  the Director,  Libraries,                                                               
Archives   &  Museums,   Department   of   Education  and   Early                                                               
Development  (EED),   offered  her  belief  that   currently  the                                                               
services were  contracted through  the school district,  but that                                                               
the  services  in the  proposed  bill  would  go to  each  school                                                               
individually.                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE P. WILSON asked if it  would be possible to have a                                                               
statewide contract for these services.                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
MS.  THIBODEAU replied  that  it  would be  a  huge leap  forward                                                               
beyond  the  proposed  bill,  but   that,  conceptually,  it  was                                                               
possible.  She explained that  the E-rate requirements were for a                                                               
competitive bidding process, so that  a school district would not                                                               
be required to buy from a provider.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE P.  WILSON asked  to clarify  whether it  would be                                                               
possible, and if the providers could bid for this contract.                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
MS.  THIBODEAU explained  that  the providers  would  bid to  the                                                               
school  districts individually,  and  that  the school  districts                                                               
would buy from the cheapest option.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE P. WILSON  asked if a statewide  approach would be                                                               
advantageous.                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
MS. THIBODEAU  replied that  it could  be very  advantageous, but                                                               
would require a lot of study.                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
8:59:47 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR GATTIS opened public testimony.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
9:00:01 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
DAVE  JONES, Assistant  Superintendent,  Kenai Peninsula  Borough                                                               
School District (KPBSD),  stated support for proposed  HB 179 and                                                               
said that,  although it would only  have a limited effect  in the                                                               
Kenai Peninsula  Borough School District, it  would provide great                                                               
opportunities for other rural areas of the state.                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
9:01:02 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  P.  WILSON  asked about  the  statewide  contract                                                               
approach.                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
MR.  JONES  declared  that  services  were  currently  bid  on  a                                                               
district  wide  basis  and that  the  federal  reimbursement  was                                                               
determined on  an individual basis.   He said that the  volume in                                                               
the district could bring the cost  down, but he questioned that a                                                               
single company had the ability to service the entire state.                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
9:02:30 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
DEENA  PARAMO, Superintendent,  Matanuska-Susitna Borough  School                                                               
District,  stated support  for HB  179.   She  declared that  her                                                               
school  district  invested  heavily  in  technology  and  on-line                                                               
courses, to  ensure that its  students were well connected.   She                                                               
pointed out  that digital  learning was an  integral part  of the                                                               
school district  curriculum, and allowed students  mastery of on-                                                               
line research  methods and  course work,  in order  to adequately                                                               
prepare for a future immersed  in technology.  She reported that,                                                               
as  this  was  a  responsibility  of  the  school  district,  the                                                               
partnerships  with  service  providers  had  increased  the  area                                                               
network  for connection  to more  schools.   She emphasized  that                                                               
this connectivity had  brought higher costs, which  had been paid                                                               
by the community.  She declared support for proposed HB 179.                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
9:04:13 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
BRUCE  JOHNSON,  Executive  Director, Alaska  Council  of  School                                                               
Administrators,  stated  support of  HB  179,  declaring that  it                                                               
would be beneficial for payment  of ever increasing higher costs,                                                               
while providing greater internet access in Rural Alaska.                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
9:05:14 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CARL  ROSE,  Executive  Director, Association  of  Alaska  School                                                               
Boards (AASB), stated support of  proposed HB 179, observing that                                                               
digital technology needed to be extended into the schools.                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
9:05:45 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR GATTIS closed public testimony.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
9:05:55 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE SADDLER  stated his  support for proposed  HB 179.                                                               
He referenced  page 7,  footnote 8,  of the  Legislative Research                                                               
Report  00.007  titled  "The  Federal  E-Rate  Program  and  ASTF                                                               
Grants:   Helping to Connect  Alaska's Schools," dated  March 17,                                                               
2000 [Included  in members' packets].   The footnote  pointed out                                                               
that although wireless  connection in schools would  be much more                                                               
cost  effective,  it  would  entail   a  change  to  the  Federal                                                               
Communications Commission  (FCC) rules.   He suggested  that this                                                               
could be a better long-term fix.                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
9:06:48 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE LEDOUX asked to clarify  that the schools were not                                                               
able to utilize wireless internet access.                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
9:07:09 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR GATTIS explained that schools  could use wireless but there                                                               
was a federal issue.                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
9:07:32 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  SEATON  moved to  report  CSHB  179, Version  28-                                                               
LS0679\U,  Mischel,  4/5/13,  out of  committee  with  individual                                                               
recommendations and  the accompanying fiscal notes.   There being                                                               
no  objection,   CSHB  179(EDC)  was  reported   from  the  House                                                               
Education Standing Committee.                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
           HB 190-CREDIT FOR SECONDARY SCHOOL COURSES                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
9:08:12 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR GATTIS announced that the  final order of business would be                                                               
HOUSE  BILL NO.  190,  "An  Act providing  for  course credit  in                                                               
secondary school based on demonstrated mastery of the subject."                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
9:08:22 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE SEATON, sponsor of HB  190, reviewed the intent of                                                               
the  proposed  bill,  and stated  that  students  taking  college                                                               
courses were not  receiving full course credit because  of a lack                                                               
of  "seat time."   He  explained that  the proposed  bill allowed                                                               
students who  had demonstrated mastery  of the course  content to                                                               
challenge  to  test  out  of  the course  and  receive  the  full                                                               
academic credit.   He  reported that  each school  district would                                                               
still  define  the  demonstration   of  mastery  for  the  course                                                               
subject, and  would be  required to provide  an assessment  for a                                                               
challenge to a course.  He  pointed out that although some school                                                               
districts   had  already   established  policy   for  challenging                                                               
courses, other districts had not,  and the bill required this for                                                               
every school  district.  He  noted that the course  credits would                                                               
apply toward fulfillment for  the Alaska Performance Scholarship,                                                               
but it  was not required  that these  credits be factored  into a                                                               
grade  point average.   He  shared  that this  challenge did  not                                                               
include credit for any of  the prerequisite courses.  He directed                                                               
attention  to  the Credit  By  Choice  program in  the  Anchorage                                                               
School  District [Included  in members'  packets], and  clarified                                                               
that it was not  the intent for all the policies  to be the same.                                                               
He reiterated that  each school district could  determine its own                                                               
policy of  course challenges for  credit, which would  only apply                                                               
to those  courses already offered by  the school, and that  a fee                                                               
could be  charged for the assessment.   He stressed the  need for                                                               
progressive education and to keep students engaged.                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
9:13:21 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  P. WILSON  offered her  belief that  some classes                                                               
would  be  more  easily  assessed  than  others,  expressing  her                                                               
support  for the  opportunity to  challenge  offered by  proposed                                                               
HB 190.                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
9:14:32 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR GATTIS  shared an anecdote  about required  coursework, and                                                               
commented that students  were often held back due to  the lack of                                                               
opportunity to challenge out.  She stated support for HB 190.                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
9:15:18 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE SADDLER directed attention to page 1, lines 10-                                                                  
11,  and asked  about  the  implied cost  for  development of  an                                                               
assessment tool.   He pointed out that, although  the fiscal note                                                               
was zero to the state, the  school districts would have some cost                                                               
to develop a  fair assessment tool.  He asked  the sponsor for an                                                               
estimate to the cost of a fair assessment tool.                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE SEATON  replied that, a  final exam could  be used                                                               
for  any class  using a  text book.   For  classes that  required                                                               
actual  production,  it  could require  individual  time  from  a                                                               
teacher,  which  was the  reason  the  Anchorage School  District                                                               
required an  $85.00 challenge fee.   He opined  that scholarships                                                               
for  fees would  be available,  if necessary.   He  declared that                                                               
there was not a mandate to  design a separate assessment tool for                                                               
every student.                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  SADDLER  suggested  that school  districts  share                                                               
standards and approaches, which could lead to more consistency.                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
9:18:30 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE P. WILSON directed attention  to page 1, lines 10-                                                               
11,  which stated  that a  school district  "shall" establish  as                                                               
assessment tool, and she suggested a  need for the language to be                                                               
more flexible.  She proposed  that this could be better addressed                                                               
as each course challenge arose.                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
9:19:31 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  DRUMMOND  expressed  agreement  that  assessments                                                               
should only be required when a course was challenged.                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
9:19:44 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  SEATON indicated  that it  was not  the sponsor's                                                               
intent  to  have  a challenge  assessment  established  in  every                                                               
district  for  each class  offering,  but  merely to  ensure  the                                                               
response  to  a  student  request.    The  district  would  still                                                               
determine the definition for mastery  and the determination for a                                                               
passing grade.                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
9:20:58 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR GATTIS opened public testimony.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
9:21:04 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR GATTIS  asked about a  requirement for  advance assessments                                                               
versus creation of an assessment  when the course was challenged,                                                               
and how this program would  work in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough                                                               
School District.                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
GENE STONE,  Assistant Superintendent,  Matanuska-Susitna Borough                                                               
School  District, said  that the  circumstances were  tailored to                                                               
each situation  in order to have  this program work.   He relayed                                                               
that the student consulted with  a guidance counselor, a teacher,                                                               
and  an  administrator,  all  prior  to  allowing  a  student  to                                                               
challenge  a  course.   He  described  that the  on-line  support                                                               
programs could be  used to determine the level  of mastery, which                                                               
would allow for a shorter  course completion time and recovery of                                                               
the credits.  He  stated that it made no sense  to have a student                                                               
sit through a full semester class  if they had already mastered a                                                               
significant  part of  the  course.   He  explained that  students                                                               
could also receive both high  school and college credit by taking                                                               
a  college level  course,  and then  demonstrating  mastery.   He                                                               
referenced  a  situation  whereby  a  student  failed  the  first                                                               
semester of a  course, but stayed in the course,  and then passed                                                               
the end  of year examination,  which demonstrated mastery  of the                                                               
entire subject.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
9:25:28 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  SADDLER asked  how many  students succeeded  with                                                               
their challenges.                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
MR. STONE  replied that the  challenge option was  only available                                                               
to students  when the  teachers had a  high degree  of confidence                                                               
for  success.   He offered  his  belief that  this process  could                                                               
become more frequent.                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE SADDLER asked  if the school district  had a stock                                                               
of assessments, or would develop new ones.                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
MR.  STONE responded  that the  school district  had invested  in                                                               
APEX  Learning  for  credit  recovery,   but  that  other  school                                                               
districts would need  to determine what was going to  be used for                                                               
an assessment tool.                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE SADDLER  asked if the school  district would share                                                               
its assessment tools.                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
MR. STONE  replied that it  would be  necessary to invest  in the                                                               
APEX  Learning on-line  courses, but  that the  other assessments                                                               
were  the standard  teacher generated  tests  of the  curriculum,                                                               
including year-end final examinations to demonstrate mastery.                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
9:28:15 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR GATTIS explained that the  aforementioned APEX Learning was                                                               
an on-line  credit recovery and  advanced placement course.   She                                                               
noted that there was a proprietary cost involved with APEX.                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
9:29:07 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  SADDLER  asking  if  the  final  examination  for                                                               
Algebra I did encompass the  entire scope of the year, questioned                                                               
whether  a  final  examination  was  a  full  assessment  of  the                                                               
students understanding of the range of the course.                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
MR. STONE  replied that this  would be necessary for  each school                                                               
district to  determine, and possibly  augment the  assessment for                                                               
certain courses.                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
9:30:24 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
BRUCE  JOHNSON,  Executive  Director, Alaska  Council  of  School                                                               
Administrators, stated  support for  HB 190,  and said  that seat                                                               
time  was becoming  increasingly obsolete  in some  classes.   He                                                               
declared  that  it was  appropriate  to  have the  determinations                                                               
placed under the  purview of each school district.   He suggested                                                               
that the  standards based assessments  results could be  used for                                                               
determinations, as well  as a variety of other  tools which could                                                               
be deployed on  an individual basis.  He opined  that this was in                                                               
the  best interest  of  students, and  that  the standards  would                                                               
evolve and make the assessment process much easier.                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
9:32:00 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE   SADDLER  questioned   whether  testing   out  or                                                               
challenge programs  were being  implemented in  other educational                                                               
systems.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
MR. JOHNSON replied  that it had been a standard  in other states                                                               
and universities for  some time, and that  many nationwide school                                                               
districts were now implementing this approach.                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
9:32:57 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE SADDLER  asked if  there were associated  costs to                                                               
the programs in the other states.                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
MR. JOHNSON  offered his belief that  in the two states  in which                                                               
he  had worked,  Illinois and  North Dakota,  there had  not been                                                               
significant costs.                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
9:33:31 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
HERB  SCHROEDER, Vice  Provost,  University  of Alaska  Anchorage                                                               
(UAA),  Alaska Native  Science and  Engineering Program  (ANSEP),                                                               
stated his  support for HB 190.   He declared that  ANSEP classes                                                               
had  "raised  the  bar  for   education  for  our  students,"  as                                                               
incentives  were provided  to the  students.   He reported  that,                                                               
although  most ANSEP  students  completed  college courses  while                                                               
still  in high  school, many  would not  receive equivalent  high                                                               
school  credit.   He declared  that this  was a  de-motivator for                                                               
hard work, and  that students needed encouragement  to take these                                                               
college courses.  He pointed out  that proposed HB 190 provided a                                                               
mechanism for students to be rewarded for academic excellence.                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
9:35:26 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MIKE   HANLEY,   Commissioner,   Office  of   the   Commissioner,                                                               
Department of Education and Early  Development (EED), in response                                                               
to  a request  by  Representative Seaton,  reflected  on page  1,                                                               
lines 10-11 and  the concern for the  language stipulating "shall                                                               
establish  an assessment  tool."   He offered  his interpretation                                                               
that, although  this would be  a school  district responsibility,                                                               
it  did  not  necessarily  require  any  response  prior  to  the                                                               
challenge for a course.                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
9:36:30 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE LEDOUX asked for  his interpretation of assessment                                                               
tool preparation as a practical matter.                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
COMMISSIONER  HANLEY  opined that  it  was  not difficult  for  a                                                               
school to prepare an assessment  for testing out of most courses.                                                               
He declared that  it would be a task for  a school district which                                                               
had not  thought of  assessment for  challenges, but  that school                                                               
districts would be prepared if the proposed bill was passed.                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  LEDOUX  inquired  about what  was  an  acceptable                                                               
delay for an assessment to test out of a class.                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
COMMISSIONER HANLEY  hypothesized that the school  district would                                                               
encourage  the appropriate  action  to meet  the requirements  of                                                               
law.  He  offered his belief that it behooved  the district to be                                                               
prepared.                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
9:39:34 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE SADDLER asked if it  would be appropriate to alter                                                               
the language  in the  proposed bill to  allow the  districts some                                                               
latitude for preparation.                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
9:40:06 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  SEATON   indicated  that  preparation   time  was                                                               
inherent in  the process  to implement a  policy, as  the current                                                               
version would  allow school districts  to develop  their policies                                                               
ahead  of time.   He  offered  his belief  that school  districts                                                               
would  request teachers  to  prepare  assessments appropriate  to                                                               
their   courses,  which   could   include   the  standard   based                                                               
assessments, independent assessments, or  final examinations.  He                                                               
surmised  that it  did  not  require a  school  district to  drop                                                               
everything,  and  immediately  develop an  assessment  for  every                                                               
class.    He  declared  that teachers  would  already  have  some                                                               
assessment tool  for the end of  the class.  He  allowed that the                                                               
most important aspect  for each school district  was to determine                                                               
the  bar  for  mastery  of  a  course,  currently  a  90  percent                                                               
assessment  in  the  Anchorage  School  District.    Although  he                                                               
defined mastery as the ability to  move on to the next course and                                                               
succeed,  he  declared  that  the   state  should  not  make  the                                                               
determination of mastery  for each school district.   He reported                                                               
that  data  from  previous  testimony   in  the  House  Education                                                               
Standing Committee  indicated that  "most kids  that drop  out of                                                               
school have  already passed  the high school  exit exam,  and the                                                               
reason they're  dropping out is  because they're held  in courses                                                               
that are not challenging ...."                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
9:43:27 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  LEDOUX  expressed  her   concern  for  a  student                                                               
interested  in testing  out of  a class  which was  necessary for                                                               
graduation.  If  the district was slow to provide  an option, and                                                               
the student  did not take the  class and ultimately did  not pass                                                               
the assessment,  there could be  a difficulty.  She  declared her                                                               
assumption that  "the districts will  get their act  together and                                                               
provide  an  assessment in  a  reasonably  timely manner."    She                                                               
opined that this could be revisited  at a later date, if this was                                                               
not the case.                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
9:44:35 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR GATTIS expressed her  agreement with Representative LeDoux,                                                               
offering  her belief  that the  school  districts understood  the                                                               
necessity for supporting students in  a progressive way, and that                                                               
the proposed bill provided another tool for attaining that goal.                                                                
                                                                                                                                
9:45:33 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE SADDLER related that the  intent of HB 190 was not                                                               
an  immediate  mandate  for each  school  district  to  establish                                                               
assessment tools for  every class, but to  create the assessments                                                               
as  needed  by  reasonable  interpretation.   He  suggested  that                                                               
school  districts  determine  the   classes  most  likely  to  be                                                               
challenged, and prepare  those assessments.  He  advocated that a                                                               
"B" grade was sufficient for  mastery, although this policy would                                                               
be  defined by  each  school  district.   He  requested that  the                                                               
school districts maintain data for  the number of challenges, and                                                               
the percentage of successful challenges.                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
9:46:31 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE SEATON directed attention  to the Anchorage School                                                               
District  policy  for course  challenge,  as  it had  established                                                               
parameters that would be helpful to other school districts.                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
9:47:03 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR GATTIS, in response to  a comment by Representative Seaton,                                                               
asked to clarify whether the  student transcript should note that                                                               
a course was credited by examination.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  SEATON shared  that this  was the  policy of  the                                                               
Anchorage School  District, and  that each school  district could                                                               
determine its own policies.                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR GATTIS closed public testimony.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
9:47:59 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE P.  WILSON, directing  attention to page  1, lines                                                               
10 - 11,  maintained her concern for the  "shall" language, which                                                               
she opined required an assessment  tool for every course provided                                                               
by the  school district.   She  suggested a  conceptual amendment                                                               
which would better define the limitations.                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
9:49:18 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  GATTIS  expressed her  agreement  for  a timeline  to  the                                                               
challenge and testing interval.                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
9:49:54 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE    SEATON    cautioned    that   it    would    be                                                               
counterproductive to  place a deadline  in statute.   He declared                                                               
that  the most  important aspect  of  the proposed  bill was  the                                                               
requirement  for each  school district  to act.   He  pointed out                                                               
that any  course that was being  offered would have a  teacher to                                                               
easily make an assessment.                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
9:51:34 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE DRUMMOND  suggested that  students be  required to                                                               
indicate  an  interest for  a  challenge  at course  registration                                                               
time.    She  expressed  agreement with  earlier  testimony  that                                                               
school districts  would prepare assessments once  a challenge had                                                               
been requested.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
9:52:46 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  GATTIS  pointed  out that  many  course  assessments  were                                                               
already in place.                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
9:53:00 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  SADDLER  suggested  that a  conceptual  amendment                                                               
inserting  "within a  reasonable  time  following a  demonstrated                                                               
need" would better clarify the intent.                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
9:53:46 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE LEDOUX opined that  "reasonable time" was implicit                                                               
in the language of the proposed bill.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  SADDLER  shared  that  a  school  district  could                                                               
determine that  a final  examination was  sufficient to  meet the                                                               
intent of the proposed bill.                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
9:54:39 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE SADDLER moved to  adopt Conceptual Amendment 1, as                                                               
follows:                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
     Page 1, line 10, after "shall establish"                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
         Insert ",within a reasonable time following a                                                                          
          demonstrated need,"                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  SEATON  objected  for discussion  and  asked  for                                                               
clarification that this was a conceptual amendment.                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  SEATON removed  his  objection.   There being  no                                                               
further objection, Conceptual Amendment 1 was adopted.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
9:56:19 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE P. WILSON moved to  report HB 190, as amended, out                                                               
of   committee   with    individual   recommendations   and   the                                                               
accompanying   fiscal  notes.      There   being  no   objection,                                                               
CSHB 190(EDC)  was  moved  from   the  House  Education  Standing                                                               
Committee.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
9:56:47 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
ADJOURNMENT                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
There being no  further business before the  committee, the House                                                               
Education Standing Committee meeting was adjourned at 9:56 a.m.                                                                 

Document Name Date/Time Subjects
04032013_SB57_BillText_VersionY.PDF HEDC 4/8/2013 8:00:00 AM
SB 57
04052013_SB57_SponsorStatement_VersionY.pdf HEDC 4/8/2013 8:00:00 AM
SB 57
04052013_SB57_Sectional_VersionY.pdf HEDC 4/8/2013 8:00:00 AM
SB 57
03132013_SB57_FiscalNote1.pdf HEDC 4/8/2013 8:00:00 AM
SEDC 3/20/2013 8:00:00 AM
SB 57
03132013_SB57_FiscalNote2.pdf HEDC 4/8/2013 8:00:00 AM
SB 57
03132013_SB57_FiscalNote3.pdf HEDC 4/8/2013 8:00:00 AM
SEDC 3/20/2013 8:00:00 AM
SB 57
03132013_SB57_FiscalNote4.PDF HEDC 4/8/2013 8:00:00 AM
SB 57
SB 57 SampleParentInvolvement_Pamphlet_Idaho.pdf HEDC 4/8/2013 8:00:00 AM
SFIN 3/28/2013 9:00:00 AM
SB 57
SB 57 Third Grade Reading Policies.pdf HEDC 4/8/2013 8:00:00 AM
SFIN 3/28/2013 9:00:00 AM
SB 57
SB 57 ECS_Third Grade Literacy Policies.pdf HEDC 4/8/2013 8:00:00 AM
SFIN 3/28/2013 9:00:00 AM
SB 57
SB 57 SupportLetters.pdf HEDC 4/8/2013 8:00:00 AM
SFIN 3/28/2013 9:00:00 AM
SB 57
01 HB 179 v. A.pdf HEDC 4/8/2013 8:00:00 AM
HB 179
02 CS HB 179.pdf HEDC 4/8/2013 8:00:00 AM
HB 179
03 CS HB 179 Explanation of Changes.pdf HEDC 4/8/2013 8:00:00 AM
HB 179
04 HB 179 Sponsor Statement.pdf HEDC 4/8/2013 8:00:00 AM
HB 179
06 HB 179Fiscal Note-EED-LAM-3 21-13.pdf HEDC 4/8/2013 8:00:00 AM
HB 179
07 HB 179 Backup-FY2012 Total Broadband Cost E-Rate share and Applicant Share.pdf HEDC 4/8/2013 8:00:00 AM
HB 179
08 HB 179 Backup-ADN Article.pdf HEDC 4/8/2013 8:00:00 AM
HB 179
09 HB 179 Backup-LegislativeResearch_Erate section.pdf HEDC 4/8/2013 8:00:00 AM
HB 179
12 HB 179Support Letter FNSB.pdf HEDC 4/8/2013 8:00:00 AM
HB 179
01 HB 190 v. A.pdf HEDC 4/3/2013 8:00:00 AM
HEDC 4/5/2013 8:00:00 AM
HEDC 4/8/2013 8:00:00 AM
HB 190
02 HB 190 Sponsor Statement.pdf HEDC 4/3/2013 8:00:00 AM
HEDC 4/5/2013 8:00:00 AM
HEDC 4/8/2013 8:00:00 AM
HB 190
03 HB 190 Fiscal Note - EED-TLS-3-28-13.pdf HEDC 4/3/2013 8:00:00 AM
HEDC 4/5/2013 8:00:00 AM
HEDC 4/8/2013 8:00:00 AM
HB 190
04 HB 190 Supporting Documents-Letter Herb Schroeder 03-28-2013.pdf HEDC 4/3/2013 8:00:00 AM
HEDC 4/5/2013 8:00:00 AM
HEDC 4/8/2013 8:00:00 AM
HB 190
05 HB 190 Supporting Documents-Email Bob Crumley 03-28-2013.pdf HEDC 4/3/2013 8:00:00 AM
HEDC 4/5/2013 8:00:00 AM
HEDC 4/8/2013 8:00:00 AM
HB 190
06 HB 190 Supporting Documents-Letter Steve Atwater 04-01-2013.pdf HEDC 4/3/2013 8:00:00 AM
HEDC 4/5/2013 8:00:00 AM
HEDC 4/8/2013 8:00:00 AM
HB 190
07 HB 190 Supporting Documents-Anchorage SD Credit By Choice program 04-02-2013.pdf HEDC 4/3/2013 8:00:00 AM
HEDC 4/5/2013 8:00:00 AM
HEDC 4/8/2013 8:00:00 AM
HB 190
08 HB 190 Supporting Documents-MatSu SD policy 04-02-2013.pdf HEDC 4/3/2013 8:00:00 AM
HEDC 4/5/2013 8:00:00 AM
HEDC 4/8/2013 8:00:00 AM
HB 190