Legislature(2015 - 2016)CAPITOL 106

03/23/2016 08:00 AM EDUCATION

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* first hearing in first committee of referral
+ teleconferenced
= bill was previously heard/scheduled
+ SJR 2 CONST. AM: G.O. BONDS FOR STUDENT LOANS TELECONFERENCED
Heard & Held
*+ HB 298 LAYOFF OF TENURED TEACHERS TELECONFERENCED
Heard & Held
+ Bills Previously Heard/Scheduled TELECONFERENCED
+= HB 156 SCHOOL ACCOUNTABILITY MEASURES; FED. LAW TELECONFERENCED
Moved CSHB 156(EDC) Out of Committee
<Bill Hearing Rescheduled from 3/21/16>
+= SB 89 SCHOOLS;PARENT RTS;ABORT. PROVDRS LIMITS TELECONFERENCED
Moved HCS CSSB 89(EDC) Out of Committee
                    ALASKA STATE LEGISLATURE                                                                                  
               HOUSE EDUCATION STANDING COMMITTEE                                                                             
                         March 23, 2016                                                                                         
                           8:04 a.m.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
MEMBERS PRESENT                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
Representative Wes Keller, Chair                                                                                                
Representative Liz Vazquez, Vice Chair                                                                                          
Representative Jim Colver                                                                                                       
Representative Paul Seaton                                                                                                      
Representative David Talerico                                                                                                   
Representative Harriet Drummond                                                                                                 
Representative Ivy Spohnholz                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MEMBERS ABSENT                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
All members present                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
COMMITTEE CALENDAR                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
CS FOR SENATE BILL NO. 89(RLS) AM(EFD ADD)                                                                                      
"An Act relating  to a parent's right to direct  the education of                                                               
a child; prohibiting  a school district from  contracting with an                                                               
abortion services  provider; prohibiting  a school  district from                                                               
allowing  an   abortion  services  provider  to   furnish  course                                                               
materials   or  provide   instruction  concerning   sexuality  or                                                               
sexually transmitted diseases;  relating to physical examinations                                                               
for teachers; and providing for an effective date."                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
     - MOVED HCS CSSB 89(EDC) OUT OF COMMITTEE                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
SENATE JOINT RESOLUTION NO. 2                                                                                                   
Proposing  an  amendment to  the  Constitution  of the  State  of                                                               
Alaska  relating  to  contracting state  debt  for  postsecondary                                                               
student loans.                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
     - HEARD & HELD                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
HOUSE BILL NO. 156                                                                                                              
"An  Act  relating to  compliance  with  federal education  laws;                                                               
relating to  public school accountability;  and providing  for an                                                               
effective date."                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
     - MOVED CSHB 156(EDC) OUT OF COMMITTEE                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
HOUSE BILL NO. 298                                                                                                              
"An Act relating to school districts; and relating to layoff                                                                    
plans for tenured teachers."                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
     - HEARD & HELD                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
PREVIOUS COMMITTEE ACTION                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
BILL: SB 89                                                                                                                   
SHORT TITLE: SCHOOLS: PARENT RTS; ABORT. PROVDRS LIMITS                                                                         
SPONSOR(s): SENATOR(s) DUNLEAVY                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
03/25/15       (S)       READ THE FIRST TIME - REFERRALS                                                                        
03/25/15       (S)       EDC, STA                                                                                               
03/31/15       (S)       EDC AT 3:30 PM BUTROVICH 205                                                                           
03/31/15       (S)       Scheduled but Not Heard                                                                                
04/02/15       (S)       EDC AT 3:30 PM BUTROVICH 205                                                                           
04/02/15       (S)       Heard & Held                                                                                           
04/02/15       (S)       MINUTE (EDC)                                                                                           
04/07/15       (S)       EDC AT 3:30 PM BUTROVICH 205                                                                           
04/07/15       (S)       Heard & Held                                                                                           
04/07/15       (S)       MINUTE (EDC)                                                                                           
04/09/15       (S)       STA AT 9:00 AM BUTROVICH 205                                                                           
04/09/15       (S)       <Pending Referral>                                                                                     
04/09/15       (S)       EDC AT 3:30 PM BUTROVICH 205                                                                           
04/09/15       (S)       Moved CSSB 89(EDC) Out of Committee                                                                    
04/09/15       (S)       MINUTE (EDC)                                                                                           
04/10/15       (S)       EDC RPT CS  3DP 1DNP  NEW TITLE                                                                        
04/10/15       (S)       DP: DUNLEAVY, GIESSEL, HUGGINS                                                                         
04/10/15       (S)       DNP: GARDNER                                                                                           
04/14/15       (S)       STA AT 8:00 AM BUTROVICH 205                                                                           
04/14/15       (S)       Heard & Held                                                                                           
04/14/15       (S)       MINUTE (STA)                                                                                           
04/15/15       (S)       STA RPT CS 3DP 1AM  NEW TITLE                                                                          
04/15/15       (S)       DP: STOLTZE, COGHILL, HUGGINS                                                                          
04/15/15       (S)       AM: WIELECHOWSKI                                                                                       
04/15/15       (S)       STA AT 8:00 AM BUTROVICH 205                                                                           
04/15/15       (S)       Moved CSSB 89(STA) Out of Committee                                                                    
04/15/15       (S)       MINUTE (STA)                                                                                           
02/24/16       (S)       RLS RPT CS 4DP 1DNP  NEW TITLE                                                                         
02/24/16       (S)       DP: HUGGINS, COGHILL, KELLY, MEYER                                                                     
02/24/16       (S)       DNP: GARDNER                                                                                           
02/24/16       (S)       BILL REPRINTED 2/24/16                                                                                 
02/24/16       (S)       RLS AT 8:00 AM BUTROVICH 205                                                                           
02/24/16       (S)       Moved CSSB 89(RLS) Out of Committee                                                                    
02/24/16       (S)       MINUTE (RLS)                                                                                           
02/29/16       (S)       TRANSMITTED TO (H)                                                                                     
02/29/16       (S)       VERSION: CSSB 89(RLS) AM(EFD ADD)                                                                      
03/04/16       (H)       READ THE FIRST TIME - REFERRALS                                                                        
03/04/16       (H)       EDC, JUD                                                                                               
03/14/16       (H)       EDC AT 8:00 AM CAPITOL 106                                                                             
03/14/16       (H)       Heard & Held                                                                                           
03/14/16       (H)       MINUTE (EDC)                                                                                           
03/16/16       (H)       JUD REFERRAL REMOVED                                                                                   
03/16/16       (H)       HSS REFERRAL ADDED AFTER EDC                                                                           
03/21/16       (H)       EDC AT 8:00 AM CAPITOL 106                                                                             
03/21/16       (H)       Heard & Held                                                                                           
03/21/16       (H)       MINUTE (EDC)                                                                                           
03/23/16       (H)       EDC AT 8:00 AM CAPITOL 106                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
BILL: SJR 2                                                                                                                   
SHORT TITLE: CONST. AM: G.O. BONDS FOR STUDENT LOANS                                                                            
SPONSOR(s): SENATOR(s) MACKINNON                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
01/21/15       (S)       PREFILE RELEASED 1/9/15                                                                                
01/21/15       (S)       READ THE FIRST TIME - REFERRALS                                                                        
01/21/15       (S)       STA, EDC, FIN                                                                                          
02/10/15       (S)       STA AT 9:00 AM BUTROVICH 205                                                                           
02/10/15       (S)       Moved SJR 2 Out of Committee                                                                           
02/10/15       (S)       MINUTE (STA)                                                                                           
02/11/15       (S)       STA RPT 3DP 2NR                                                                                        
02/11/15       (S)       DP: COGHILL, MCGUIRE, WIELECHOWSKI                                                                     
02/11/15       (S)       NR: STOLTZE, HUGGINS                                                                                   
02/24/15       (S)       EDC AT 3:30 PM BUTROVICH 205                                                                           
02/24/15       (S)       Heard & Held                                                                                           
02/24/15       (S)       MINUTE (EDC)                                                                                           
03/12/15       (S)       EDC AT 3:30 PM BUTROVICH 205                                                                           
03/12/15       (S)       Moved SJR 2 Out of Committee                                                                           
03/12/15       (S)       MINUTE (EDC)                                                                                           
03/13/15       (S)       EDC RPT 3DP 1NR                                                                                        
03/13/15       (S)       DP: DUNLEAVY, STEVENS, HUGGINS                                                                         
03/13/15       (S)       NR: GARDNER                                                                                            
03/26/15       (S)       FIN AT 9:00 AM SENATE FINANCE 532                                                                      
03/26/15       (S)       Heard & Held                                                                                           
03/26/15       (S)       MINUTE (FIN)                                                                                           
04/09/15       (S)       FIN AT 1:30 PM SENATE FINANCE 532                                                                      
04/09/15       (S)       Moved SJR 2 Out of Committee                                                                           
04/09/15       (S)       MINUTE (FIN)                                                                                           
04/10/15       (S)       FIN RPT 3DP 3NR                                                                                        
04/10/15       (S)       DP: MACKINNON, BISHOP, HOFFMAN                                                                         
04/10/15       (S)       NR: KELLY, DUNLEAVY, OLSON                                                                             
04/13/15       (S)       TRANSMITTED TO (H)                                                                                     
04/13/15       (S)       VERSION: SJR 2                                                                                         
04/13/15       (H)       READ THE FIRST TIME - REFERRALS                                                                        
04/13/15       (H)       EDC, JUD, FIN                                                                                          
03/23/16       (H)       EDC AT 8:00 AM CAPITOL 106                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
BILL: HB 156                                                                                                                  
SHORT TITLE: SCHOOL ACCOUNTABILITY MEASURES; FED. LAW                                                                           
SPONSOR(s): REPRESENTATIVE(s) KELLER                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
03/20/15       (H)       READ THE FIRST TIME - REFERRALS                                                                        
03/20/15       (H)       EDC                                                                                                    
03/30/15       (H)       EDC AT 8:00 AM CAPITOL 106                                                                             
03/30/15       (H)       Heard & Held                                                                                           
03/30/15       (H)       MINUTE (EDC)                                                                                           
04/08/15       (H)       EDC AT 8:00 AM CAPITOL 106                                                                             
04/08/15       (H)       Heard & Held                                                                                           
04/08/15       (H)       MINUTE (EDC)                                                                                           
04/10/15       (H)       EDC AT 8:00 AM CAPITOL 106                                                                             
04/10/15       (H)       Scheduled but Not Heard                                                                                
04/13/15       (H)       EDC AT 8:00 AM CAPITOL 106                                                                             
04/13/15       (H)       Heard & Held                                                                                           
04/13/15       (H)       MINUTE (EDC)                                                                                           
03/14/16       (H)       EDC AT 8:00 AM CAPITOL 106                                                                             
03/14/16       (H)       Scheduled but Not Heard                                                                                
03/16/16       (H)       EDC AT 8:00 AM CAPITOL 106                                                                             
03/16/16       (H)       Heard & Held                                                                                           
03/16/16       (H)       MINUTE (EDC)                                                                                           
03/18/16       (H)       EDC AT 8:00 AM CAPITOL 106                                                                             
03/18/16       (H)       Heard & Held                                                                                           
03/18/16       (H)       MINUTE (EDC)                                                                                           
03/21/16       (H)       EDC AT 8:00 AM CAPITOL 106                                                                             
03/21/16       (H)       <Bill Hearing Rescheduled to 3/23/16>                                                                  
03/23/16       (H)       EDC AT 8:00 AM CAPITOL 106                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
BILL: HB 298                                                                                                                  
SHORT TITLE: LAYOFF OF TENURED TEACHERS                                                                                         
SPONSOR(s): REPRESENTATIVE(s) TILTON                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
02/05/16       (H)       READ THE FIRST TIME - REFERRALS                                                                        
02/05/16       (H)       EDC                                                                                                    
03/23/16       (H)       EDC AT 8:00 AM CAPITOL 106                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
WITNESS REGISTER                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR MIKE DUNLEAVY                                                                                                           
Alaska State Legislature                                                                                                        
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT:  Responded to questions during the hearing                                                                
on SB 89, as prime sponsor.                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
CHRISTA MCDONALD, Staff                                                                                                         
Senator Mike Dunleavy                                                                                                           
Alaska State Legislature                                                                                                        
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT:  Responded to questions during the hearing                                                                
on SB 89, on behalf of Senator Mike Dunleavy, prime sponsor.                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
KRISTEN PRATT, Staff                                                                                                            
SENATOR ANNA MACKINNON                                                                                                          
Alaska State Legislature                                                                                                        
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT:  Presented SJR 2, on behalf of Senator Anna                                                               
MacKinnon, sponsor.                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
DIANE BARRANS, Executive Director                                                                                               
Postsecondary Education Commission                                                                                              
Department of Education and Early Development (EED)                                                                             
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT:  Testified in support of SJR 2.                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
CHARLENE MORRISON, Chief Finance Officer                                                                                        
Postsecondary Education Commission                                                                                              
Department of Education and Early Development (EED)                                                                             
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT:  Responded to questions during the hearing                                                                
on SJR 2.                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
MARGARET MACKINNON, Director                                                                                                    
Assessment and Accountability                                                                                                   
Department of Education and Early Development (EED)                                                                             
POSITION STATEMENT:  Responded to questions during the hearing                                                                
on HB 156.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE CATHY TILTON                                                                                                     
Alaska State Legislature                                                                                                        
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT:  Introduced HB 298, as prime sponsor.                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
HEATH HILYARD, Staff                                                                                                            
Representative Cathy Tilton                                                                                                     
Alaska State Legislature                                                                                                        
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT:  Responded to questions during the hearing                                                                
on HB 298, on behalf of Representative Tilton, prime sponsor.                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
DR. DEENA PARAMO, Superintendent                                                                                                
Matsu-Borough School District                                                                                                   
Anchorage, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION STATEMENT:  Testified in support of HB 298.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
NORM WOOTEN, Director                                                                                                           
Association of Alaska School Boards                                                                                             
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT:  Testified in support of HB 298.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
KAREN GABORIK, Superintendent                                                                                                   
Fairbanks North Star Borough School District                                                                                    
Fairbanks, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION STATEMENT:  Testified in support of HB 298.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
LISA SKYLES PARADY, Executive Director                                                                                          
Alaska Council of Administrators                                                                                                
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT:  Testified in support of HB 298.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
DR. MARTIN MILLER, Superintendent                                                                                               
Juneau School District                                                                                                          
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT:  Testified in support of HB 298.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
ACTION NARRATIVE                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
8:04:21 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR WES  KELLER called the  House Education  Standing Committee                                                             
meeting to  order at 8:04  a.m.  Representatives  Keller, Colver,                                                               
Drummond, Seaton, Vazquez, and Talerico  were present at the call                                                               
to order.   Representative Spohnholz  arrived as the  meeting was                                                               
in progress.                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
        SB 89-SCHOOLS: PARENT RTS; ABORT. PROVDRS LIMITS                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
8:04:45 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR KELLER announced that the  first order of business would be                                                               
CS FOR SENATE BILL NO. 89(RLS)  am(efd add) "An Act relating to a                                                               
parent's right to direct the  education of a child; prohibiting a                                                               
school  district  from  contracting  with  an  abortion  services                                                               
provider;  prohibiting   a  school  district  from   allowing  an                                                               
abortion  services  provider  to   furnish  course  materials  or                                                               
provide instruction concerning  sexuality or sexually transmitted                                                               
diseases;  relating to  physical examinations  for teachers;  and                                                               
providing for an effective date."                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
8:05:40 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR MIKE  DUNLEAVY, Alaska State Legislature,  introduced his                                                               
staff and availed himself for questions.                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
8:06:02 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHRISTA  MCDONALD, Staff,  Senator  Mike  Dunleavy, Alaska  State                                                               
Legislature, addressed a series  of questions previously posed by                                                               
the  committee, paraphrasing  from  a  prepared statement,  which                                                               
read as follows:                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
     [Question:]    Would  the  provision  "recognizing  the                                                                    
     authority of a  parent and allowing a  parent to object                                                                    
     to  and  withdraw  a  child   from  a  standards  based                                                                    
     assessment  or  standards-based  test required  by  the                                                                    
     state"   put    a   school   district    in   statutory                                                                    
     noncompliance with state  law?  Are we  now saying that                                                                    
     tests are  not required  by the  state but  rather just                                                                    
     suggested by the state?                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
     [Response:]    Under   current  state  regulation  each                                                                    
     school district is required  to administer a standards-                                                                    
     based test.   In addition,  schools are not  allowed to                                                                    
     systematically  exclude  students from  an  assessment.                                                                    
     However, no  law compels  a parent to  send a  child to                                                                    
     these  tests as  they are  not associated  with student                                                                    
     grades or promotions.                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
8:06:55 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR  DUNLEAVY  added  that the  Every  Student  Succeeds  Act                                                               
(ESSA)  is  in  flux,  and when  the  reauthorization  was  being                                                               
developed, he said, this is  an area that many parents petitioned                                                               
congress  to change.   The  original intent  under No  Child Left                                                               
Behind (NCLB) was  to ensure that low performing  groups were not                                                               
excluded   systematically  by   schools   to   skew  the   school                                                               
performance  scores.   A number  of parents  that choose  to have                                                               
their students excluded, actually  have high performing children.                                                               
These parents are refusing to  have their child participate, as a                                                               
form of objection to the data sharing and testing requirements.                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
8:08:16 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MS. MCDONALD continued:                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
     [Question:]    Will  the language  in  Senate  Bill  89                                                                    
     prohibit a  school district from covering  the costs of                                                                    
     a teacher's  physical examination or suggest  that they                                                                    
     may choose whether or not to cover this expense?                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
     [Response:]   The language in Senate  Bill 89 prohibits                                                                    
     a school district from paying  for a teacher's physical                                                                    
     examination.   "May not"  is used  to be  in compliance                                                                    
     with the  Legislative Drafting manual,  page sixty-five                                                                    
     which  states:   Use the  words "may  not" to  impose a                                                                    
     prohibition upon someone.                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
     [Question:]  Would  Section 4 of the  bill dealing with                                                                    
     physical   examinations   include  fingerprinting   and                                                                    
     background checks as well.                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
     [Response:]  No, the  requirements for fingerprints and                                                                    
     background checks  are established in AS  14.20.020 and                                                                    
     would not  be impacted  by the  passage of  Senate Bill                                                                    
     89.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
     [Question:]   If we  state that  a school  district may                                                                    
     not pay  for these  physical examinations do  we impact                                                                    
     the  teacher's  ability   to  be  provided  evaluations                                                                    
     through  health   insurance  benefits  funded   by  the                                                                    
     district.                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
     [Response:]  As stated in  the bill, "This section does                                                                    
     not  affect  the  coverage   of  any  health  insurance                                                                    
     benefits that  a school district provides  to teacher."                                                                    
     SB  89 will  not impact  any physical  evaluations that                                                                    
     are covered under health insurance benefits.                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
8:09:29 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR KELLER moved to adopt Amendment 1, labeled 29-                                                                            
LS0735\F.A.9, Glover, 3/22/16, which read as follows:                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
     Page 3, line 23, following "provider":                                                                                     
          Insert "who is acting on behalf of the abortion                                                                       
     services provider"                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
The committee took an at-ease from 8:09 a.m. to 8:12 a.m.                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
8:12:14 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE SEATON objected for discussion.                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
8:12:22 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR KELLER  said that the  language serves to narrow  the focus                                                               
of who may provide reproductive information in a classroom.                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE   SEATON   recalled   testimony   concerned   with                                                               
impinging on the  summer employment for a teacher who  works at a                                                               
hospital, clinic, or other medical office.                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
8:14:04 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
The committee took a brief at-ease at 8:14 a.m.                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
8:14:11 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE SEATON removed his  objection, and with no further                                                               
objection, Amendment 1 was adopted.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
8:14:54 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR   KELLER  moved   to  adopt   Amendment   2,  labeled   29-                                                               
LS0735\F.A.10, Glover, 3/22/16, which read as follows:                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
     Page 3, line 15:                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
     Delete "may"                                                                                                               
     Insert "shall"                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
8:15:39 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  COLVER   objected,  and  said   existing  statute                                                               
requires  districts   to  pay  for  physical   examinations,  and                                                               
changing  it  from  "may" to  "shall"  represents  a  substantial                                                               
policy change.   The decision should be left to  the districts to                                                               
exert local control and whether  or not to implement this measure                                                               
as a condition  for employment.  The background  checks are still                                                               
required  by  state  law,  which   are  already  a  condition  of                                                               
employment.  The  permissive term should be  retained, he opined,                                                               
and stated opposition to Amendment 2.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
8:17:20 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  VAZQUEZ  commented  that this  measure  addresses                                                               
public safety,  and opined that  it does not represent  an unduly                                                               
burdensome  task,  as a  condition  of  employment.   She  stated                                                               
support for Amendment 2.                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
8:18:07 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  DRUMMOND   stated  opposition  to   Amendment  2,                                                               
echoing the  concerns of  Representative Colver.   It is  a major                                                               
policy change, she agreed.                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
8:18:59 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR  DUNLEAVY declined  further comment  and deferred  to the                                                               
committee's decision.                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
8:19:24 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MS. MCDONALD  offered that existing  Department of  Education and                                                               
Early  Development (EED)  regulation,  4AAC  06.050, states  that                                                               
physical examinations  "shall" be  required of the  districts for                                                               
teachers, but it does not appear in state statute.                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
8:19:48 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE COLVER maintained his objection.                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
8:19:54 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
A roll call  vote was taken.   Representatives Talerico, Vazquez,                                                               
and  Keller  voted in  favor  of  Amendment 2.    Representatives                                                               
Colver,  Drummond,  Spohnholz,  and   Seaton  voted  against  it.                                                               
Therefore, Amendment 2 failed by a vote of 3-4.                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
8:21:04 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE   SEATON   expressed    concern   for   the   bill                                                               
particularly from  the health and social  services aspect stating                                                               
that, without  the sex education  programs currently  provided to                                                               
schools,  the  levels  of   unplanned  pregnancies  and  sexually                                                               
transmitted  diseases (STD's)  will increase.   Additionally,  it                                                               
removes local  control of school  districts, as provided  on page                                                               
3, lines 22-25, which read as follows:                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
     (c)  A  school  district  may not  permit  an  abortion                                                                    
     services  provider or  an employee  or volunteer  of an                                                                    
     abortion services  provider to offer,  sponsor, furnish                                                                    
     course  materials, or  provide instruction  relating to                                                                    
     human sexuality or sexually transmitted diseases.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  SEATON pointed  out  that  this language  imposes                                                               
rulings  over  local school  boards,  and  prohibits the  use  of                                                               
curricula that  has been publicly  vetted, adopted,  and utilized                                                               
by  many districts.   The  bill is  a state  usurpation of  local                                                               
control, he opined,  and said it may be the  first time the state                                                               
has prohibited  districts from identifying  curricula for  use in                                                               
meeting state  standards and requirements.   He stated opposition                                                               
to passage of SB 89.                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
8:23:46 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  SPOHNHOLZ  stated  that  the  opt-in  requirement                                                               
creates a major  barrier to children receiving  a positive public                                                               
health  curriculum.    The  parents   already  have  the  opt-out                                                               
elective  to  employ.     Additionally,  the  administrative  and                                                               
processing of an additional opt-in form is unnecessary.                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
8:25:56 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  VAZQUEZ moved  to report  the proposed  committee                                                               
substitute (CS) for  SB 89 (RLS) am(efd add), as  amended, out of                                                               
committee  with individual  recommendations and  the accompanying                                                               
fiscal notes.                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE SEATON maintained his objection.                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
8:26:21 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  SEATON offered  further  objection  to the  bill,                                                               
specifically Sec.  4, which redirects the  cost burden associated                                                               
with  the physical  examination  requirements of  teachers.   The                                                               
local control currently exercised in  this area is sufficient, he                                                               
opined.                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
8:27:00 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR KELLER  stated support for the  bill as a means  to bolster                                                               
parental rights regarding  an intimate and important  aspect of a                                                               
child's development.                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
8:27:46 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE COLVER  stated support  for the  bill, and  said a                                                               
significant section  of it recognizes  the authority of  a parent                                                               
to withdraw  their child  from standards  based assessments.   He                                                               
opined that this authority is important  to have in statute, as a                                                               
vehicle to move away from future, federal assessment mandates.                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
8:28:52 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE DRUMMOND  stated her  agreement with  the previous                                                               
comments  regarding the  sexual  health education  aspect of  the                                                               
bill; however, inclusion  of the variety of  components causes an                                                               
issue  and  should  be  addressed  separately,  particularly  the                                                               
standards based  test concerns.   Parents have the right  to opt-                                                               
out their student,  to examine class curricula,  and, through the                                                               
local school boards, be involved  in the development and approval                                                               
of  curriculum.    Thus  the   proposed  opt-in  measure  creates                                                               
additional  unnecessary administrative  paperwork  and  is of  no                                                               
help to districts.  Finally, she stated opposition to the bill.                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
8:30:11 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR KELLER commented:                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
      There's no certification required for this contract                                                                       
     teaching, and that's kind of novel.                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
8:30:40 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
A roll call  vote was taken.   Representatives Talerico, Vazquez,                                                               
Colver, and Keller  voted in favor of CSSB 89  (RLS) am(efd add).                                                               
Representatives  Drummond, Spohnholz,  and  Seaton voted  against                                                               
it.   Therefore, HCS for  CSSB 89 (EDC)  was reported out  of the                                                               
House Education Standing Committee by a vote of 4-3.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
         SJR 2-CONST. AM: G.O. BONDS FOR STUDENT LOANS                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
8:32:12 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR KELLER announced  that the next order of  business would be                                                               
SENATE  JOINT RESOLUTION  NO.  2 Proposing  an  amendment to  the                                                               
Constitution  of  the State  of  Alaska  relating to  contracting                                                               
state debt for postsecondary student loans.                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
8:32:20 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
KRISTEN  PRATT,  Staff,  Senator  Anna  MacKinnon,  Alaska  State                                                               
Legislature,  introduced SJR  2,  paraphrasing  from the  sponsor                                                               
statement, which read as follows [original punctuation                                                                          
provided]:                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
     Senate  Joint   Resolution  2   proposes  to   place  a                                                                    
     constitutional amendment  before the voters  during the                                                                    
     fall 2016  general election.  This bill  amends Article                                                                    
     IX,  sec.  8,  of  the Alaska  Constitution  and  would                                                                    
     authorize state  General Obligation  (GO) debt  for the                                                                    
     purpose  of funding  state education  loans for  Alaska                                                                    
     students.                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
     Currently, state  General Obligation  debt may  only be                                                                    
     authorized  for capital  improvements or  housing loans                                                                    
     for veterans.                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
     Financial  market conditions  once  allowed the  Alaska                                                                    
     Student Loan  Corporation (ASLC) to  offer competitive,                                                                    
     low-cost  education loans  to a  significant percentage                                                                    
     of  Alaska  students  without State  support.  However,                                                                    
     those conditions  no longer  exist and  appear unlikely                                                                    
     to occur again  in the foreseeable future.  As a result                                                                    
     of  these  changed   conditions,  Alaska  students  and                                                                    
     families  are  receiving  decreasing  levels  of  state                                                                    
     support,  at a  higher cost,  in meeting  postsecondary                                                                    
     education expenses.                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
     Senate  Joint  Resolution  2  will  establish  a  cost-                                                                    
     effective  way  to  finance state  education  loans  by                                                                    
     leveraging the  State's outstanding  general obligation                                                                    
     credit ratings.  Doing so will  not only  achieve lower                                                                    
     costs  of  funds  than   what  is  otherwise  available                                                                    
     through current  alternative financing  structures, but                                                                    
     will  also   permit  some   flexibility  of   the  loan                                                                    
     underwriting criteria which currently  results in a 43%                                                                    
     denial rate on loan applications.                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
     These loan  programs represent a critical  component of                                                                    
     the  State's  student  financial  aid  system  and  its                                                                    
     efforts to  enhance the workforce  development pipeline                                                                    
     in  order  to  build   and  maintain  a  healthy  state                                                                    
     economy.                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
8:33:00 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE COLVER ascertained that this would be handled                                                                    
similar to any general obligation (GO) bond and require a public                                                                
vote.                                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
8:34:21 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
DIANE  BARRANS,   Executive  Director,   Postsecondary  Education                                                               
Commission, Department of Education  and Early Development (EED),                                                               
stated  support for  SJR  2,  and said  the  expectation is  that                                                               
[following voter  approval] the commission would  be returning to                                                               
the legislature  to support  a bill describing  the way  in which                                                               
the bonds would  be issued, including, potentially, a  cap on the                                                               
amount of bonds allowed, as supported under the GO.                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
8:35:40 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE COLVER asked what  the maximum length of authority                                                               
for  the   GO  would   be  prior   to  subsequent   voting  being                                                               
requirements.  Also, what would  be the savings in interest rates                                                               
by adopting the use of free GO bonds.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
MS. BARRANS  responded that statute  would be established  by the                                                               
legislature  through  passage  of   a  support  bill  to  provide                                                               
specifications regarding the length  of time that the corporation                                                               
would be  able to enjoy  the ability to  issue bonds, as  well as                                                               
the  total amount  of  debt that  would be  approved.   Texas  is                                                               
another state  that employs the  use of GO bonds  for educational                                                               
loans, where  the program functions  under a cap.   Regarding the                                                               
interest rate, she  said 1-1.5 percent would  be the expectation.                                                               
Another benefit of  issuing this type of debt,  is the underlying                                                               
scrutiny required to  issue a loan, which lowers the  cost of the                                                               
loan to the consumer.                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
8:38:02 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  VAZQUEZ   queried  how  the  student   loans  are                                                               
currently being financed.                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
MS. BARRANS responded that loans  are financed via cash reserves,                                                               
with  loans issued  previous to  2008 held  as bond  debt.   To a                                                               
follow-up question she  said the bond debt  is approximately $130                                                               
million.  However, since 1988,  she stressed, the corporation has                                                               
issued, and successfully repaid, $1.8 billion in bonds.                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
8:39:25 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE   DRUMMOND   expressed  concern,   regarding   the                                                               
financial  leverage  expectations  of   SJR  2,  considering  the                                                               
state's  current  fiscal  situation   and  the  possibility  that                                                               
Alaska's credit rating may continue to fall.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MS. BARRANS assured  members that the GO debt  has been discussed                                                               
and  the  1-1.5 percent  interest  rate  is  based on  the  state                                                               
maintaining a credit rating of AA; recently devalued from AAA.                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
8:41:09 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE SEATON  noted that the sponsor  statement mentions                                                               
flexibility for  the loan underwriting criteria,  which currently                                                               
results in a  43 percent, loan application denial  rate, as based                                                               
on the FICO [formerly Fair Isaac  Company] rating.  He asked what                                                               
the current  default rate  is on student  loans, and  whether any                                                               
effects on  the default levels  are anticipated, by  lowering the                                                               
FICO score requirement.                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
MS. BARRANS  opined that underwriting  criteria, when based  on a                                                               
credit  score,  may be  misleading.    A  credit score  does  not                                                               
necessarily reflect less  of an ability to repay, as  much as the                                                               
lack of a credit history.   The minimum FICO score currently used                                                               
by  the corporation  is 680,  which is  slightly higher  than the                                                               
average Alaskan score  of 650.  By lowering the  rate to 650, she                                                               
explained,  it   will  align  with  the   average  score  without                                                               
impacting default  rates adversely.   The current  annual default                                                               
rate is  about 8 percent,  and fluctuates in accordance  with the                                                               
national economic and employment levels.                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
8:43:16 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE COLVER asked how a  newly emancipated, 18 year old                                                               
student  could  receive  a  FICO  score  and,  lacking  a  credit                                                               
history, be eligible for a loan.                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
MS. BARRANS responded that a  qualified co-signer is required for                                                               
anyone  who  lacks  a  personal credit  standing.    The  average                                                               
University  of  Alaska  (UA)  student's  age  is  26,  thus,  the                                                               
majority  of applicants  have a  credit score,  she said,  but 43                                                               
percent  of  the  time  it's  not  sufficiently  high  enough  to                                                               
qualify.    She  recalled  that  loans  were  initially  provided                                                               
through  the  state's  general   fund  (GF),  carried  no  credit                                                               
requirements,  and demonstrated  a  default rate  as  high as  20                                                               
percent.   Further, early  on in  the history  of the  program, a                                                               
"credit ready"  standard was implemented to  support students who                                                               
lacked a credit score, again resulting in higher default rates.                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
8:46:28 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE COLVER  pointed out  the difficulty in  building a                                                               
credit  history, particularly  for young  adults who  haven't had                                                               
opportunities to exercise  credit.  He opined  that it represents                                                               
a  discriminatory  process,  and,   although  debt  repayment  is                                                               
important,  a fairness  question arises.   He  asked a  series of                                                               
questions regarding  the typical  authority granted the  GO bonds                                                               
for  veteran   housing  loans,  which  included:     duration  of                                                               
authority, amounts granted, and balloting interval requirements.                                                                
                                                                                                                                
8:48:02 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MS. PRATT offered to provide further information.                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE COLVER expressed concern  for establishing an open                                                               
ended bond authority.                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
8:49:05 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MS. BARRANS  opined that a  reasonable voting interim  time frame                                                               
would be five years, which  would provide a frequent enough cycle                                                               
for  voters  to  become  familiar  with  the  program,  note  the                                                               
benefits, and  provide continued support  or not.  She  said this                                                               
will  also  be  helpful  to  older  students,  who  may  exercise                                                               
refinance opportunities.                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
8:50:28 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE VAZQUEZ asked who establishes the FICO score.                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MS.  BARRANS  responded  that it's  handled  through  the  Alaska                                                               
Student Loan Corporation (ASLC), via  regulation.  To a follow-up                                                               
question, she said  the corporation is governed by  a five member                                                               
board, comprised of the commissioners  from Department of Revenue                                                               
(DOR), Department  of Commerce, Community &  Economic Development                                                               
(DCCED), Department  of Administration (DOA), and  two members of                                                               
the   Postsecondary  Secondary   Commission   appointed  by   the                                                               
governor.                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE VAZQUEZ surmised that  the board has the authority                                                               
to change the FICO score requirement.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
MS. BARRANS  concurred, and  reiterated that the  680 score  is a                                                               
barrier, and 650 will mitigate the denial rate.                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
8:52:06 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  VAZQUEZ  directed   attention  to  the  committee                                                               
packet, and  the sponsor statement,  paragraph three,  which read                                                               
as follows:                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
     Financial  market conditions  once  allowed the  Alaska                                                                    
     Student Loan  Corporation (ASLC) to  offer competitive,                                                                    
     low-cost  education loans  to a  significant percentage                                                                    
     of Alaska students without State support.                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  VAZQUEZ noted  that interest  rates have  been at                                                               
historic lows  since 2008, and  asked what market  conditions are                                                               
being referred to in this statement.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
MS.  BARRANS pointed  out that  the cost  of funds  to banks  and                                                               
lending organizations,  reflected in the historically  low rates,                                                               
are not relative to the cost of  bonds issued in the market.  The                                                               
interest  rates  on  the  bonds   themselves  would  need  to  be                                                               
reviewed,  rather than  the  interest rate  of  funds to  lending                                                               
organizations.                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE VAZQUEZ asked  what the bonds have to  do with the                                                               
interest  rate  being  charged  by the  ASLC,  if,  as  mentioned                                                               
earlier, the loans are currently being backed by cash.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
MS. BARRANS  answered that the  loans the corporation  makes must                                                               
be of sufficient  quality to be used as assets  to issue bonds in                                                               
the market.   When  the corporation  considers its  interest rate                                                               
sets, it looks at what the rate  in the market would be today, if                                                               
debt  was being  issued.    In that  manner,  she explained,  the                                                               
interest rates  on the loans  will be appropriate to  support the                                                               
use of  the loans as  assets, when the corporation  re-enters the                                                               
market.                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  VAZQUEZ asked  what  the amount  of revenues  and                                                               
expenditures were for ASLC in 2015.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
MS. BARRANS deferred.                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
8:55:13 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHARLENE   MORRISON,   Chief   Finance   Officer,   Postsecondary                                                               
Education   Commission,  Department   of   Education  and   Early                                                               
Development (EED), responded that  the 2015 ASLC revenues totaled                                                               
$18 million, and expenditures were $17 million.                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE   VAZQUEZ  asked   for   the   2016  revenue   and                                                               
expenditure estimates, the corporation's  cash value, and reserve                                                               
totals.                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
MS.  MORRISON  said 2016  estimates  have  not been  established,                                                               
although the first six months  figures show revenues of just over                                                               
$9  million and  expenditures approximating  $8.8 million,  for a                                                               
net  income  of  just  under $700,000.    The  unencumbered  cash                                                               
available for loans is roughly  $28 million, which also funds the                                                               
operating  budget  and  other   corporation  expenditures.    The                                                               
unreserved equity, as of 6/30/15, was $95 million.                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
8:58:31 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE SEATON  clarified that the question  is whether GO                                                               
bonds should be presented to the  voters to decide whether or not                                                               
to allow tax free, lower cost loans to students.                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
MS.  BARRANS  concurred,  and  added  that  the  structure  being                                                               
contemplated  proposes that  the  corporation  would continue  to                                                               
pledge assets to  the bonds for repayment.  The  action would not                                                               
represent a debt  to the state; however, it  leverages the states                                                               
credit to good advantage relative to the market cost of bonds.                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE SEATON said with  five commissioners on the board,                                                               
and  the  process   requiring  legislative  reauthorization,  the                                                               
appropriate protections  appear to  be in  place to  support this                                                               
bill.   He  opined on  the  importance for  continued support  of                                                               
education in the state.                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
9:01:17 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  VAZQUEZ stated  an assumption  that a  resolution                                                               
was  passed  by the  board  of  directors  to proceed  with  this                                                               
request for a change in statute.                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
MS.  BARRANS  said  a  formal resolution  was  not  put  forward;                                                               
however, general  agreement on  the board  exists to  support the                                                               
action  in light  of  the  benefits to  the  constituents of  the                                                               
corporation.                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  VAZQUEZ asked  whether the  board has  considered                                                               
lowering the FICO scores through existing authority.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
MS.  BARRANS  answered  that  the  interest  rate  has  not  been                                                               
revisited since it  was established in 2008.  At  this point, she                                                               
explained  that, absent  the  support that  a  GO bond  authority                                                               
would provide, it would be imprudent  to take the action to lower                                                               
the rate,  thus requiring the  corporation to  substantially over                                                               
collateralize the  trust from which  the bonds are issued.   Such                                                               
action would create  an inefficiency in the use  of the corporate                                                               
assets.                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE VAZQUEZ  asked about  outstanding bonds  issued by                                                               
the corporation.                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
MS.  BARRANS answered  that the  last  bond issue  for new  money                                                               
occurred  in  2007;  however, refinancing  and  restructuring  of                                                               
outstanding debt has occurred since that time.                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
9:03:50 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR KELLER closed public testimony.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
9:04:35 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  COLVER  expressed  reservations for  passing  the                                                               
bill  from committee,  and said  legislative intent  needs to  be                                                               
clarified.   The proposed legislation  lacks a clear  and concise                                                               
record of expected terms and  conditions regarding exercising the                                                               
authority to  put a  GO bond  on the ballot.   The  record should                                                               
include  the anticipated  length of  the GO  bond authority,  the                                                               
anticipated  amount,   as  well  as  an   accounting  of  similar                                                               
exercises  of the  constitutional  authority regarding  veteran's                                                               
housing   loans,   as   administered  by   the   Alaska   Housing                                                               
Corporation.     Creating   an  open   ended  authority   without                                                               
appropriate sideboards  may result,  he opined,  and acknowledged                                                               
that statutory authority will still  exist.  A major missing link                                                               
is a statement of interest and support from the ASLC board.                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
9:08:51 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  VAZQUEZ noted  that the  reason to  issue the  GO                                                               
bonds  is   to  allow  additional  accessibility   to  loans  for                                                               
students.   The benefit  could be garnered  by lowering  the FICO                                                               
score, she  said, and  pointed out  that the  ASLC board  has the                                                               
authority to  implement that change.   She expressed  concern for                                                               
issuing bonds,  which isn't an  uncostly undertaking,  and opined                                                               
that  the justifications  for passage  of SJR  2 don't  appear to                                                               
fit.                                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
9:11:12 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR KELLER announced SJR 2 as held over.                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
        HB 156-SCHOOL ACCOUNTABILITY MEASURES; FED. LAW                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
9:11:20 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR KELLER announced  that the next order of  business would be                                                               
HOUSE BILL NO.  156, "An Act relating to  compliance with federal                                                               
education  laws; relating  to public  school accountability;  and                                                               
providing  for  an  effective  date."    [Before  the  committee,                                                               
adopted as  a work draft  on 3/16/16, was the  proposed committee                                                               
substitute  (CS)   for  HB  156,  Version   29-LS0566\Y,  Glover,                                                               
3/11/16.]                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
9:11:34 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR KELLER passed the gavel to Vice Chair Vazquez.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
9:11:40 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR KELLER  stated that the  first component  of the bill  is a                                                               
means to  address the implementation  of ESSA and proposes  a two                                                               
year  hiatus for  the transition  period; effectively  suspending                                                               
the  high   stakes  testing  regimen  required   by  the  federal                                                               
government.   The  second component  addresses  the state  school                                                               
board reporting  requirements, which  will be "tweaked"  based on                                                               
the  adoption of  the changes  made in  the first  aspect of  the                                                               
bill.                                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
9:14:44 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  COLVER moved  to adopt  Amendment 1,  labeled 29-                                                               
LS0566\Y.1, Glover, 3/16/16, which read:                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
     Page 3, line 13, following "demonstrates":                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
     Insert "(1)"                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
     Page 3, line 14, following "year":                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
     Insert "; or                                                                                                           
      (2) maintenance of a proficient or high performance                                                                   
     designation from the previous year"                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
9:14:47 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR KELLER objected for purposes of discussion.                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
9:15:39 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  COLVER   said  the  amendment   addresses  school                                                               
district  concerns to  establish a  bar for  the purpose  of high                                                               
performance designations and comparisons.                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
9:17:20 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  KELLER  removed  his  objection.   He  explained  that  an                                                               
annually  updated, on-line  report  card,  lists the  designated,                                                               
high performance schools.  He  opined that even top rated schools                                                               
could be served instead via  a performance indicator, with better                                                               
results.   Understanding the standard  may be necessary,  but the                                                               
intent of the bill directs  the board to establish considerations                                                               
for  determining school  performance and  consistent improvement,                                                               
rather than focusing on maintaining proficiency.                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
9:19:27 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR KELLER removed his objection.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
9:19:32 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE SEATON objected.                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
9:19:46 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  SEATON  asked if  the  current  five star  rating                                                               
system will be  effected or whether what is being  proposed is in                                                               
addition to  what exists.   An additional system  may effectively                                                               
double the school  rating effort, he surmised, and  asked how the                                                               
department would align the two approaches.                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
9:21:21 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MARGARET  MACKINNON,  Director,  Assessment  and  Accountability,                                                               
Department  of Education  and Early  Development (EED)  responded                                                               
that the  current Alaska  School Performance  Index uses  a five-                                                               
star rating  base.   The Elementary  and Secondary  Education Act                                                               
(ESEA) flexibility  waiver [implemented  at the beginning  of the                                                               
2013-14  school   year]  directed  the  department   to  maintain                                                               
identification categories to include  schools rated as the lowest                                                               
performing,  as  well  as  the reward  status  facilities.    The                                                               
requirements also categorized high  progress and high performance                                                               
schools.  The department is  currently experiencing a "pause," in                                                               
anticipation of the  new assessment system.  The  passage of ESSA                                                               
[ESEA/NCLB reauthorization],  allows flexibility for  creating an                                                               
accountability  system, and  places  the decision  making in  the                                                               
hands of the state.  Thus,  the type of indicators for inclusion,                                                               
and whether or  not to continue the star rating  method is yet to                                                               
be decided.  ESSA doesn't  require a high performing designation,                                                               
she pointed out.                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE SEATON  recalled the establishment of  the current                                                               
star system,  which Alaska  may have  created to  satisfy federal                                                               
requirements.    However,  he said,  the  current  accountability                                                               
system, as  written, may satisfy the  proposed criteria, negating                                                               
a need for Amendment 1.                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
MS.  MACKINNON   answered  that  the  current   requirements  for                                                               
designating schools  has not  been changed.   She  explained that                                                               
the existing designations  are broad and, under  the ESEA waiver,                                                               
the star  accountability system may  meet all requirements.   The                                                               
provisions  are general  enough  to allow  the  development of  a                                                               
modified, or  new, state accountability system  while recognizing                                                               
schools that are  improving.  Once the high  threshold for school                                                               
performance  is attained,  however,  it can  become difficult  to                                                               
show  continued improvement  from  year to  year.   The  proposed                                                               
amendment language will bolster both situations.                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
9:25:34 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  KELLER  commented that  when  a  school's previous  year's                                                               
performance becomes the status quo,  "it makes me uncomfortable."                                                               
The amendment offered allows for an element of improvement.                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
9:26:09 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE SEATON removed his  objection, and with no further                                                               
objection, Amendment 1 was adopted.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
9:26:48 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR KELLER  moved to adopt Amendment  2, labeled 29-LS0566\Y.3,                                                               
Glover, 3/18/16, which read:                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
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9:27:19 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE SEATON objected for discussion.                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
9:27:22 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR KELLER  said the intent  of Amendment  2 is to  address the                                                               
department's  request for  an adjustment  of the  effective date,                                                               
which will allow the necessary time for implementation.                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
9:28:08 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  COLVER  clarified  that  the  intent  is  to  not                                                               
require  school   districts  to  administer  a   statewide  based                                                               
assessment after  July 1, 2016;  a directive to the  state school                                                               
board.                                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR KELLER concurred.                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
9:28:50 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE COLVER surmised that  testing is being returned to                                                               
local  control,   per  ESSA,  with   the  expectation   that  the                                                               
department  will  develop  a  meaningful,  measurable  assessment                                                               
system, in  concert with local  districts, which can  be compared                                                               
with other  state's scores.   He  underscored the  importance for                                                               
rebuilding a new  state assessment system from the  ground-up.  A                                                               
collaboratively developed  framework, with goals  and objectives,                                                               
would be the best approach, he opined.                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
9:30:27 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  SEATON   reminded  committee  members   that  the                                                               
federal government  has expressed to  EED that a two  year waiver                                                               
is  not available,  thus, putting  the state's  federal education                                                               
funding  at  risk.   He  asked  if that  is  the  reason for  the                                                               
proposed date change.                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
9:31:40 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR KELLER  said the date  change allows the department  to get                                                               
an  earlier start  for implementing  the  permissive elements  of                                                               
ESSA.                                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
9:32:44 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE   SPOHNHOLZ  stated   support  for   the  concepts                                                               
presented  in  the bill,  and  expressed  concern for  unintended                                                               
consequences  effecting   currently  enrolled   senior  students.                                                               
Would lacking  participation in an  assessment them  in jeopardy,                                                               
as graduates, she asked.                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
MS. MACKINNON responded no.                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
9:33:43 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE SEATON removed his  objection, and with no further                                                               
objection Amendment 2 was adopted.                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
9:34:13 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE VAZQUEZ  moved to  report the  proposed CS  for HB                                                               
156,  Version  29-LS0566\Y,  Glover, 3/11/16,  as  amended,  from                                                               
committee  with individual  recommendations and  the accompanying                                                               
fiscal  notes.   There  being no  objection,  CSHB 156(EDC),  was                                                               
reported from the House Education Standing Committee.                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
9:34:27 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE COLVER stated support for  the bill and said it is                                                               
important to retool the educational situation in the state.                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
9:35:06 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
The committee took a brief at-ease at 9:35 a.m.                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
9:35:24 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE VAZQUEZ returned the gavel to Chair Keller.                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
               HB 298-LAYOFF OF TENURED TEACHERS                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
9:36:02 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR KELLER announced that the final order of business would be                                                                
HOUSE BILL NO. 298, "An Act relating to school districts; and                                                                   
relating to layoff plans for tenured teachers."                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
9:36:27 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE   CATHY   TILTON,    Alaska   State   Legislature,                                                               
introduced HB 298, paraphrasing from the sponsor statement,                                                                     
which read:                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
     HB 298  provides an optional tool  for school districts                                                                    
     to  manage  personnel   costs  through  "Reductions  In                                                                    
     Force" (RIF).                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
     Currently, AS 14.20.177 stipulates  that in order for a                                                                    
     district  to  be  able to  even  consider  a  personnel                                                                    
     reduction  plan  for  tenured   teachers,  one  of  two                                                                    
     triggers have to be met:                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
     1. School attendance in the district has decreased; or                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
     2. The basic  need of the school  district decreases by                                                                    
     three percent or more from the previous year.                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
     For a  number of school districts,  especially the more                                                                    
     populous ones,  this is simply  a standard  that cannot                                                                    
     be  met  in  order  to even  consider  the  option  for                                                                    
     personnel reductions.                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
     HB  298 simply  eliminates  the  student attendance  or                                                                    
     basic need as requirement in  order to proceed with the                                                                    
     consideration of a layoff plan.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
     While  it  is  important   to  provide  districts  with                                                                    
     greater  flexibility to  manage their  finances in  our                                                                    
     new fiscal  paradigm, it is  also essential  to provide                                                                    
     robust protections  for Alaska's  teachers so  that any                                                                    
     RIF   is  not   done   arbitrarily  or   irresponsibly.                                                                    
     AS14.20.177 (b)-(h) provides  that protection through a                                                                    
     very thorough process up  to and including arbitration.                                                                    
     HB 298 does nothing to remove or weaken that process.                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
     HB  298  is  an  option  that  allows  Alaska's  school                                                                    
     districts greater flexibility to manage expenses.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
9:38:38 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE SEATON  asked whether there  is a threshold  to be                                                               
considered, regarding a decrease in student attendance.                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
HEATH HILYARD,  Staff, Representative Cathy Tilton,  Alaska State                                                               
Legislature, responded that, in  accordance with AS 14.20.177, in                                                               
terms of  the actual school  attendance only a decrease  needs to                                                               
exist.  The  basic needs formula carries  a percentage threshold,                                                               
he pointed out.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  SEATON  noted that  the  intent  of the  proposed                                                               
legislation is to gain flexibility for laying off teachers.                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
MR.  HILYARD  concurred and  said  it  removes the  two  existing                                                               
layoff triggers  while retaining  robust protections  for tenured                                                               
teachers.                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
9:40:00 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE   COLVER  asked   about  any   support  from   the                                                               
districts, and underscored the importance  to have input from the                                                               
trenches.  Tenure  is a sensitive issue, he  reminded, which must                                                               
be tread  lightly while gaining  a full breadth  of understanding                                                               
from  those effected,  as  well  as from  the  policy and  budget                                                               
promulgators.                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
9:42:02 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE   DRUMMOND  referred   to  the   committee  packet                                                               
handouts titled, "District  Enrollment by Grade as  of October 1,                                                               
2015, FY  2016" and "District  Enrollment by Grade as  of October                                                               
1,  2014, FY  2015, compiled  by  the Department  of Education  &                                                               
Early Development (EED), to note  that there doesn't appear to be                                                               
an existing  urgency.  The  numbers indicate that  enrollment has                                                               
increased, she  pointed out, and  questioned the grounds  for the                                                               
bill.                                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
9:43:31 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE TILTON deferred.                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
9:43:45 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE SEATON noted that  the proposed legislation allows                                                               
for reduction in  tenured staff, and asked whether  it allows for                                                               
the retention of non-tenured teachers, at the same time.                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
MR. HILYARD responded that the bill is silent on the question of                                                                
non-tenured teachers.                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
9:44:41 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE SEATON noted that at some point he will be                                                                       
declaring a conflict of interest, as a parent and in-law of non-                                                                
tenured teachers.                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
9:45:34 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
DEENA PARAMO, PhD, Superintendent, Matsu-Borough School District                                                                
(MBSD), stated support for HB 298, paraphrasing from a prepared                                                                 
statement, which read:                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
     I  am speaking  to you  today on  behalf of  the Mat-Su                                                                    
     School District to express support for HB 298.                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
     Even though  Mat-Su is a  rapidly growing  District, we                                                                    
     continue  to be  faced  with  some difficult  realities                                                                    
     that these  times of limited resources  present. We are                                                                    
     a  growing   District  and   have  not   experienced  a                                                                    
     reduction  in  the  component of  the  funding  formula                                                                    
     known  as   basic  need.   Without  having   these  two                                                                    
     triggers,  we   are  unable   to  reduce   the  tenured                                                                    
     workforce, no  matter how large our  deficit becomes or                                                                    
     what programs we determine should  not continue. For us                                                                    
     this has created two realities.  We have been forced to                                                                    
     place  tenured teachers  in  positions  for which  they                                                                    
     were not qualified  to comply with the  current law and                                                                    
     we   are   limited   when  exploring   innovative   and                                                                    
     specialized programs  as we may  be required  to retain                                                                    
     an individual  beyond the existence of  the educational                                                                    
     need. The  proposed changes  to AS  14.20.177 recognize                                                                    
     that  there  are scenarios  where  a  reduction in  the                                                                    
     number of tenured teachers may  be necessary beyond the                                                                    
     narrow scope currently in law.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
     Let  me be  clear,  Mat-Su values  highly its  talented                                                                    
     workforce. We  pride ourselves on offering  a top notch                                                                    
     education.  However, fiscal  realities require  that we                                                                    
     at times  make difficult choices. We  have no intention                                                                    
     or desire to  reduce the number of  tenured teachers in                                                                    
     our   district    without   careful    and   deliberate                                                                    
     consideration  and even  then only  when necessary.  We                                                                    
     support the proposed bill not  because we hope to issue                                                                    
     notices  of  layoff,  but  because  we  appreciate  the                                                                    
     ability to  consider the needs  of the students  in our                                                                    
     district and the educational  offerings we provide, not                                                                    
     just the tenure status of teachers.                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
     Our current  budget, which is  based on  the assumption                                                                    
     that the  Base Student  Allocation is increased  by $50                                                                    
     and   that  our   contributions   to  PERS/TRS   remain                                                                    
     unchanged, would  not require  us the issue  notices of                                                                    
     layoff to tenured teachers. However,  as both the State                                                                    
     and  our  local  Borough  have not  yet  finalized  the                                                                    
     funding allocation, we are prepared  for a multitude of                                                                    
     scenarios.  Realistically,  I  expect that  this  would                                                                    
     affect  Mat-Su as  early as  next year,  but only  on a                                                                    
     limited scale.                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
9:49:45 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE SEATON referred to the  bill, page 1, lines 13-15,                                                               
which read as follows:                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
     APPLICABILITY. AS  14.20.177(a), as  amended by  sec. 1                                                                    
     of  this  Act,  applies  to a  contract  or  collective                                                                    
     bargaining  agreement  entered  into on  or  after  the                                                                    
     effective date of this Act.                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  SEATON  asked  about   the  application  of  this                                                               
language to tenured versus non-tenured teachers.                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
DR.  PARAMO said  the intention  is to  work with  the collective                                                               
bargaining agreements  (CBAs) and  align the  language, following                                                               
the effective date of the bill.                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
9:51:00 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  COLVER noted  that MBSD  is facing  a $9  million                                                               
shortfall,  and asked  what other  measures,  outside of  tenured                                                               
staff layoffs,  are being considered for  controlling costs, such                                                               
as freezing pay step increases or adjusting health care costs.                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
DR.  PARAMO  explained that  the  district  has previously  taken                                                               
action  to reduce  health  care costs,  and  said the  district's                                                               
intent is  to direct  revenue to  the classroom.   She  said more                                                               
changes  will  be   evident  in  the  FY  18   negotiations.    A                                                               
comprehensive secondary school program  is important and programs                                                               
vary  between  high schools.    The  secondary schools  are  more                                                               
costly,  due  to  the  type  of  services  necessary  to  prepare                                                               
students for  college and  technical careers.   The  district has                                                               
established  a  resource  sharing program  allowing  students  to                                                               
attend  the high  school  which best  suits  their interests  and                                                               
goals.   Some students  may attend three  different schools  in a                                                               
given year  to benefit from  the resources and  services offered.                                                               
An example  are the  welding programs, that  are offered  at only                                                               
four high schools,  as the transportation costs  for students are                                                               
less  than  the  cost  of   offering  welding  in  every  school.                                                               
Further, space is  being optimized in every  facility and private                                                               
industry  is   being  cultivated   to  provide  programs.     She                                                               
emphasized  the  need  to  cultivate  the  best  instructors  and                                                               
programs, which  means allowing districts  the ability  to change                                                               
the  status quo  of  staff,  as necessary.    Districts that  are                                                               
seeing  a decrease  in  enrollment, have  the  ability to  layoff                                                               
tenured teachers; however, due to  the growth in the MBSD tenured                                                               
teachers  must be  retained, regardless  of  what the  identified                                                               
needs are for the district.                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
9:57:56 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
NORM  WOOTEN,  Director,  Association of  Alaska  School  Boards,                                                               
stated  support   for  HB  298   paraphrasing  from   a  prepared                                                               
statement,   which   read   as  follows   [original   punctuation                                                               
provided]:                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
     I am  speaking today  in favor  of HB 298.   We  in the                                                                    
     Association have  tremendous support for  our teachers.                                                                    
     Research clearly  shows that the most  important factor                                                                    
     in a  student's success  is good  instruction delivered                                                                    
     by a teacher.                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
     Having  said that  we  find  ourselves in  increasingly                                                                    
     difficult times  and which will  likely get worse.   As                                                                    
     our  states financial  situation worsens  we will  need                                                                    
     all the "tools" you can give us.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
     We need  the ability  to keep  the "right"  teachers in                                                                    
     front of  students.   This would be  the first  step in                                                                    
     getting to that ability                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
     Our responsibility  is to deliver the  best instruction                                                                    
     possible to every student.                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
     Thank  you for  your time  today.   I encourage  you to                                                                    
     pass this legislation out of committee.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
9:59:05 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
KAREN GABORIK, Superintendent,  Fairbanks School District, stated                                                               
support for  HB 298,  agreeing with Dr.  Paramo's testimony.   It                                                               
will  assist  in  the  decision  making  process,  especially  in                                                               
situations that effect  tenured teachers.  The  effective date in                                                               
Sec.  2 presents  a problem,  she  opined and  recommended it  be                                                               
amended.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
10:01:23 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
LISA SKYLES PARADY, Executive Director,  Alaska Council of School                                                               
Administrators (ACSA),  stated support for  HB 298, and  said the                                                               
bill arose from  a list of items that  would provide non-monetary                                                               
support to school  districts in a time  of budgetary constraints.                                                               
The list  was generated  through a joint  effort of  members from                                                               
the Alaska  Association of  School Boards  (AASB) and  the Alaska                                                               
Superintendents Association  (ASA).  The bill  seeks to eliminate                                                               
the narrow triggers currently allowed  for teacher layoffs, which                                                               
leaves  the districts  with a  functional inability  to staff  as                                                               
appropriately  as  possible.   Certainly,  tenured  teachers  are                                                               
highly valued, she said, and the  bill does not change the robust                                                               
process of preferring  and protecting seniority.   The bill would                                                               
provide  an  important  tool for  districts  at  these  difficult                                                               
times,  and she  provided a  theoretical situation:   A  district                                                               
decides to save  money by closing a program, but  it is unable to                                                               
reduce  staff  of the  tenured  teacher  carrying the  terminated                                                               
class.  Although the teacher is  not qualified to teach any other                                                               
district  offered   curriculum  the   district  must   resort  to                                                               
transferring the tenured  teacher into a position  for which they                                                               
are not  qualified or effective.   In  the end, with  the limited                                                               
triggering,  currently in  statute,  a  negative impact  results.                                                               
She assured the committee that  the layoff plan will be protected                                                               
and  have public  accountability  given the  requirement for  the                                                               
local   board   review.     Finally,   the   ACSA  concurs   with                                                               
Superintendent  Gaborik's recommendation  to  delete  the Sec.  2                                                               
effective date, as unnecessary language.                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
10:05:19 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
DR.  MARTIN  MILLER,   Superintendent,  Juneau  School  District,                                                               
stated support  for HB 298, and  said the only means  to continue                                                               
to meet  budgetary constraints is  through reduction in  the work                                                               
force.   Costs  increase each  year primarily  based on  the step                                                               
increases,  which are  an attraction  for new  teachers; however,                                                               
with a  static income and  rising costs, measures must  be taken,                                                               
he opined.  At the second  level the specialized programs are the                                                               
biggest  challenge  due  to  the specialty  of  the  course  work                                                               
involved.                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR KELLER announced HB 298 as held over.                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
10:08:08 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
ADJOURNMENT                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
There being no further business before the committee, the House                                                                 
Education Standing Committee meeting was adjourned at 10:08 a.m.                                                                

Document Name Date/Time Subjects
HB298 Fiscal Note.pdf HEDC 3/23/2016 8:00:00 AM
HEDC 4/1/2016 8:00:00 AM
HB 298
CS HB156 Sponsor Statment.pdf HEDC 3/23/2016 8:00:00 AM
HB 156