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04/12/2019 08:00 AM EDUCATION

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08:01:23 AM Start
08:02:10 AM Confirmation Hearing(s):|| Professional Teaching Practices Commission
08:26:48 AM Alaska Board of Education & Early Development
08:47:26 AM Adjourn
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Board of Education & Early Development
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                    ALASKA STATE LEGISLATURE                                                                                  
               HOUSE EDUCATION STANDING COMMITTEE                                                                             
                         April 12, 2019                                                                                         
                           8:01 a.m.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
MEMBERS PRESENT                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
Representative Harriet Drummond, Co-Chair                                                                                       
Representative Andi Story, Co-Chair                                                                                             
Representative Grier Hopkins                                                                                                    
Representative Chris Tuck                                                                                                       
Representative Tiffany Zulkosky                                                                                                 
Representative Josh Revak                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
MEMBERS ABSENT                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
Representative DeLena Johnson                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
COMMITTEE CALENDAR                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
CONFIRMATION HEARING(S):                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
Professional Teaching Practices Commission                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
     Janine Todd - Delta Junction                                                                                               
     Chris Reitan - Craig                                                                                                       
     Tamara Van Wyhe - Juneau                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
     - CONFIRMATION(S) ADVANCED                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
Alaska Board of Education & Early Development                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
     Tiffany Scott - Kotzebue                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
     - CONFIRMATION ADVANCED                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
PREVIOUS COMMITTEE ACTION                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
No previous action to record                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
WITNESS REGISTER                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
JANINE TODD, Appointee                                                                                                          
Professional Teaching Practices Commission                                                                                      
Delta Junction, Alaska                                                                                                          
POSITION STATEMENT:   Testified as appointee  to the Professional                                                             
Teaching Practices Commission, Department  of Education and Early                                                               
Development.                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHRIS REITAN, Appointee                                                                                                         
Professional Teaching Practices Commission; Superintendent                                                                      
Craig City School District                                                                                                      
Craig, Alaska.                                                                                                                
POSITION STATEMENT:   Testified as appointee  to the Professional                                                             
Teaching Practices Commission, Department  of Education and Early                                                               
Development.                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
TAMARA  VAN  WYHE,  Appointee   representing  the  Department  of                                                               
Education and Early Development                                                                                                 
Professional Teaching Practices Commission                                                                                      
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT:  Testified as  the appointee representing the                                                             
Department   of   Education   and  Early   Development   to   the                                                               
Professional Teaching Practices Commission.                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
TIFFANY SCOTT, Appointee                                                                                                        
Alaska State Board of Education and Early Development                                                                           
Kotzebue, Alaska                                                                                                                
POSITION STATEMENT:   Testified as appointee to  the Alaska Board                                                             
of Education and Early Development.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
ACTION NARRATIVE                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
8:01:23 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR  HARRIET DRUMMOND  called the  House Education  Standing                                                             
Committee meeting to  order at 8:01 a.m.   Representatives Story,                                                               
Hopkins, Tuck,  Revak, and Drummond  were present at the  call to                                                               
order.   Representative Zulkosky  arrived as  the meeting  was in                                                               
progress.                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
^CONFIRMATION HEARING(S):                                                                                                       
^Professional Teaching Practices Commission                                                                                     
                    CONFIRMATION HEARING(S):                                                                                
           Professional Teaching Practices Commission                                                                       
                                                                                                                              
8:02:10 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR HARRIET  DRUMMOND announced the first  order of business                                                               
would  be  consideration  of the  governor's  appointees  to  the                                                               
Professional Teaching Practices Commission.                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
8:02:37 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
JANINE   TODD,   Appointee,   Professional   Teaching   Practices                                                               
Commission  (PTPC),  informed  the committee  she  teaches  third                                                               
grade  at  Delta  Junction Elementary  School  and  provided  her                                                               
personal and  educational background.   She said she has  been an                                                               
Alaska  resident since  1989  and  has a  total  of  33 years  of                                                               
teaching experience.   Ms. Todd  noted, as a long-time  member of                                                               
the  teachers'  union,  she  has  been  asked  by  her  peers  to                                                               
participate in  various disciplinary  meetings and she  opined it                                                               
is  critical  that every  teacher's  actions  meet the  standards                                                               
based on the code of ethics.   Ms. Todd assured the committee she                                                               
can  review the  facts of  a case  and make  hard decisions  when                                                               
necessary.   She said she  was appointed  to PTPC in  June [2018]                                                               
and has  attended two meetings.   Further, she  received training                                                               
at the  National Association  of State  Directors of  Teachers of                                                               
Education and Certification (NASDTEC).   She acknowledged she has                                                               
a lot  to learn; however,  her goal is to  make the work  and the                                                               
purpose of  PTPC known to all  educators as an advocate  of their                                                               
profession.                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
8:05:46 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR  STORY referred  to information  included in  Ms. Todd's                                                               
application packet  and asked  her to explain  what she  feels is                                                               
the most effective way to measure student success.                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
MS.  TODD said  the  problem with  testing  is sometimes  testing                                                               
becomes  the  complete measure  of  child;  however, [a  teacher]                                                               
works with  students, and observes a  child's thinking processes,                                                               
and  thereby  can better  measure  a  child and  their  successes                                                               
because not all  students test well.  She expressed  her belief a                                                               
child  should not  be  labeled based  on a  test,  but should  be                                                               
observed  as they  work through  problem-solving activities.   In                                                               
further response to  Co-Chair Story, Ms. Todd said  since she has                                                               
been appointed,  she has not  attended any hearings but  is aware                                                               
of investigations that  come before the commission  for review of                                                               
the executive director's decisions.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
8:08:10 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR  DRUMMOND questioned  whether  PTPC meets  on a  regular                                                               
basis or only if there is a case to consider.                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
MS. TODD stated  PTPC schedules two-day meetings  three times per                                                               
year, which  can be  shortened or  lengthened to  accommodate the                                                               
agenda.  In  further response to Co-Chair Drummond,  she said the                                                               
committee meets in person.                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
8:09:55 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHRIS REITAN,  Appointee, PTPC, and Superintendent  of Craig City                                                               
School  District,  informed  the  committee he  brings  a  unique                                                               
background to  PTPC due to his  over 21 years of  experience as a                                                               
school  administrator  in  Alaska,   ranging  from  positions  of                                                               
assistant principal  to superintendent.   During  his experience,                                                               
his  administrative responsibilities  included investigations  of                                                               
student and  staff due process  issues.  Further,  his experience                                                               
includes  applying  federal  and  state  law  to  [school]  board                                                               
policy, negotiated agreements, and  student and personnel issues.                                                               
Mr.  Reitan   expressed  his   interest  in   collaborating  with                                                               
professionals  statewide   to  foster  and  support   the  public                                                               
educational  system, and  to ensure  everyone in  the educational                                                               
community achieves the highest standards  of conduct.  Mr. Reitan                                                               
also  expressed support  for the  aforementioned  goal that  PTPC                                                               
improve  advocacy and  communication in  order to  strengthen the                                                               
role and purpose of the commission,  which is to serve the entire                                                               
public education system.                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
8:12:14 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE TUCK  surmised sanctions [of a  teacher] can range                                                               
from those for serious or  criminal misconduct to lesser matters,                                                               
and inquired as to whether some  matters can be handled by school                                                               
district management.                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
MR.  REITAN said  all matters  should be  addressed at  the local                                                               
level first;  however, school  districts have  the responsibility                                                               
to  make  PTPC  aware  of   serious  potential  infractions  when                                                               
necessary.  In  further response to Representative  Tuck, he said                                                               
in the  example of the  misuse of sick leave,  it would be  up to                                                               
the district or a complainant to refer  the issue to PTPC.  As an                                                               
administrator,  he said  he would  refer a  complaint to  PTPC if                                                               
serious   issues  could   potentially  influence   an  employee's                                                               
certification; in  addition, he would  notify PTPC of  an ongoing                                                               
investigation.                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR  STORY asked  what members  of  the teaching  profession                                                               
should know about PTPC.                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
MR.  REITAN opined  educators should  know what  the commission's                                                               
roles   and  responsibilities   are;  in   fact,  it   is  PTPC's                                                               
responsibility   to  connect   with   and  support   professional                                                               
organizations  in a  proactive and  strategic way  throughout the                                                               
state.                                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  TUCK  inquired  as  to whether  Mr.  Reitan  ever                                                               
referred teachers [for sanction] to PTPC.                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
MR.  REITAN said  during  his  work history,  PTPC  never had  to                                                               
proceed  with   its  own   investigation;  however,   there  were                                                               
instances in which he shared information with PTPC.                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
8:18:24 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
TAMARA  VAN  WYHE,  Appointee   representing  the  Department  of                                                               
Education and  Early Development (EED), PTPC,  explained one seat                                                               
on the nine-member  commission is to be held  by a representative                                                               
of  EED;  she has  been  designated  by Commissioner  Johnson  to                                                               
represent EED and  she said she is pleased to  serve because PTCP                                                               
activities align with teacher quality  as related to her position                                                               
as director of the division  of Educator and School Excellence at                                                               
EED.    In  addition,  she expressed  her  passion  for  educator                                                               
quality and  opined PTPC  plays a very  important role  to ensure                                                               
educators  who are  serving Alaska's  students  are committed  to                                                               
ethical behavior.                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR STORY referred to information  provided in the committee                                                               
packet related to  the number of sanctions that  have been issued                                                               
by PTPC;  she asked at what  point PTPC reports sanctions  to the                                                               
general public.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
MS.  VAN WYHE  said  from  her previous  experience  as a  school                                                               
superintendent and  administrator, three  or four times  per year                                                               
PTPC  publishes   a  list  of   the  number  of   complaints  and                                                               
information  on  sanctions, such  as  certificates  that have  be                                                               
revoked.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR  STORY  questioned  whether  Ms. Van  Wyhe  agrees  with                                                               
previous  testimony  that  teachers   are  not  aware  of  PTPC's                                                               
purpose.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
MS. VAN  WYHE indicated yes.   As a school district  teacher, she                                                               
was only vaguely familiar with  PTPC; however, her awareness rose                                                               
as a district administrator.   She stressed teachers need to have                                                               
a full understanding  of the code of ethics  and the consequences                                                               
of violations thereof.                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
8:24:21 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR STORY read the following statement:                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
     The House  Special Committee on Education  has reviewed                                                                    
     the qualifications of the  governor's appointees to the                                                                    
     Professional   Teaching    Practices   Commission   and                                                                    
     recommends [the  names of]  Janine Todd,  Chris Reitan,                                                                    
     and Tamara  Van Wyhe be forwarded  for consideration by                                                                    
     a  joint session  of the  legislature.   This does  not                                                                    
     reflect intent  by any  of the members  to vote  for or                                                                    
     against these  individuals during any  further sessions                                                                    
     for the purposes of confirmation.                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
[Although  a   motion  was  not   made,  the   appointments  were                                                               
considered advanced.]                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
8:25:13 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
The committee took a brief at-ease.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
^Alaska Board of Education & Early Development                                                                                  
         Alaska Board of Education & Early Development                                                                      
                                                                                                                              
8:26:48 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR DRUMMOND announced the final  order of business would be                                                               
consideration  of the  governor's appointee  to the  Alaska State                                                               
Board of Education and Early Development.                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
8:26:57 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
TIFFANY  SCOTT, Appointee,  Alaska State  Board of  Education and                                                               
Early Development,  began her testimony  speaking in  the Inupiaq                                                               
language and  then informed  the committee  she is  from Kotzebue                                                               
and  Noorvik.    Ms.  Scott  said she  was  appointed  by  former                                                               
Governor Bill  Walker to fill  a vacancy representing  the Second                                                               
Judicial  District on  the Alaska  State Board  of Education  and                                                               
Early Development  (board).   She has now  been appointed  to the                                                               
same  seat by  Governor Michael  Dunleavy for  a five-year  term.                                                               
Ms.  Scott states  she  is  a registered  nurse  at the  Maniilaq                                                               
Health  Center   in  Kotzebue,  which  serves   twelve  federally                                                               
recognized  tribes and  the  village of  Tikigaq,  also known  as                                                               
Point  Hope.   She  provided  her  educational background  and  a                                                               
history of her  service in other volunteer positions.   Ms. Scott                                                               
expressed her  hope her  perspective - along  with that  of other                                                               
board members  - will  inform the board's  work to  advance three                                                               
[public] commitments  of EED's  Strategic Plan,  Meeting Alaska's                                                               
Education Challenge  (AEC) Together:   increase  student success;                                                               
support  responsible and  reflective  learners; cultivate  safety                                                               
and  well-being.   Turning  to  her  goals,  she said  she  would                                                               
support  the five  positive  trajectories of  AEC:   support  all                                                               
students  to read  at  grade level  by the  end  of third  grade;                                                               
increase career, technical, and  culturally relevant education to                                                               
meet student  and workforce needs;  close the achievement  gap by                                                               
ensuring  equitable  educational  rigor and  resources;  prepare,                                                               
attract,  and retain  effective education  professionals; improve                                                               
the   safety   and   well-being  of   students   through   school                                                               
partnerships with  families, communities, and tribes.   Ms. Scott                                                               
closed,  noting her  district faces  some of  the most  difficult                                                               
challenges in  the state  such as high  rates of  suicide, sexual                                                               
assault,  and  domestic  violence;  however,  the  residents  are                                                               
resilient,  and education  will  help them  adapt  to a  changing                                                               
environment and overcome challenges.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
8:30:07 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  TUCK  recalled   testimony  from  previous  board                                                               
appointees who  have stood  in solidarity  against acting  on the                                                               
[governor's fiscal year  2020 (FY 20) budget  proposal] and asked                                                               
for Ms. Scott's stance in this regard.                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
MS. SCOTT  said she stands  behind the board's commitment  to AEC                                                               
and  referred to  a  statement  from board  members  who seek  to                                                               
fulfill   the  commitments   made  through   AEC  [document   not                                                               
provided].                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE TUCK  acknowledged Ms.  Scott's commitment  to AEC                                                               
and restated his question related to the budgeting process.                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
MS. SCOTT responded:                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
     I  think  that  as  a board  through  the  events  that                                                                    
     occurred this  spring, at least for  myself personally,                                                                    
     ... I would be ...  more assertive in ... being engaged                                                                    
     in  the  budget that's  prepared.    I think  that  the                                                                    
     governor's proposed  budget, it  would be  hard pressed                                                                    
     for anybody in education to  get behind the budget that                                                                    
     looks the  way that it does,  so I look forward  to the                                                                    
     Senate  reviewing the  budget that  the House  has sent                                                                    
     over, and the conference committee deliberation.                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE TUCK remarked:                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
     ... what I'm  trying ... to get to is  making sure that                                                                    
     you  understand   your  role  and   responsibility  and                                                                    
     authority for the preparation and  execution of, of the                                                                    
     budget.  We rely on  you heavily to know what resources                                                                    
     the board  of education's going  to require to  be able                                                                    
     to fulfil any  vision whether it's the  [AEC] vision or                                                                    
     others ....                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE TUCK  described how the Anchorage  School District                                                               
School  Board  and the  superintendent  of  the Anchorage  School                                                               
District work with  the Anchorage mayor to propose a  budget.  He                                                               
said:                                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
     It  seems like  there's an  avoidance of  obligation on                                                                    
     [the  part  of]  this board  of  education,  especially                                                                    
     standing  in solidarity  of doing  nothing, and  I just                                                                    
     want to  make sure ... I  just want to know,  from your                                                                    
     perspective, where you fit in the budgeting process.                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
MS. SCOTT  related the  governor released his  [FY 20]  budget on                                                               
[2/13/19] and  on 2/14/19 the board  failed to provide an  "up or                                                               
down  vote"  on   the  budget  that  had  been   released.    She                                                               
elaborated:                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
     For me  [it] indicated  for review  the appropriateness                                                                    
     of the statute and at  what point the state board comes                                                                    
     in  and  offers  insight into  the  budget  development                                                                    
     process.  So, that's, that's where  I stand.  ...  Most                                                                    
     of  the  testimony  that  we   heard  asked  the  board                                                                    
     outright to,  you know, listen  to the concerns  of the                                                                    
     citizens of  the state and  their testimony and  to ...                                                                    
     not take up that vote that day.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE TUCK questioned whether the vote was symbolic.                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
MS.  SCOTT acknowledged  there are  differing  legal opinions  in                                                               
this regard;  however, her  belief is  work on  the board  is not                                                               
symbolic and she  added, "so I would hope for  a more intense and                                                               
engaging  process  with  the  board   and  the  governor  in  the                                                               
development  of a  budget, but  also  realizing that  we meet  in                                                               
person  only twice  a year."   She  noted the  need for  more in-                                                               
person board meetings.                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE   TUCK   suggested  additional   in-person   board                                                               
meetings should be included in the budget.                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
8:35:03 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE   HOPKINS  acknowledged   Ms.  Scott's   volunteer                                                               
service to  the state.   He asked  how the board  could implement                                                               
more culturally relevant curriculum over the next five years.                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
MS. SCOTT spoke of her  children's successful experience in their                                                               
local immersion  school and  credited community  participation in                                                               
part with their success.                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
[Due  to  recording difficulties,  a  portion  of the  audio  was                                                               
lost.]                                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE HOPKINS asked whether  Ms. Scott was familiar with                                                               
the University  of Alaska (UA)  K-12 Outreach Program that  has a                                                               
culturally relevant office at the  University of Alaska Fairbanks                                                               
(UAF).                                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
MS. SCOTT said no; she said  she is more familiar with the Alaska                                                               
Humanities Forum and the work they do with educators.                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
[Due  to  recording difficulties,  a  portion  of the  audio  was                                                               
lost.]                                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR STORY  observed there are many  policymakers involved in                                                               
education, such as elected  school boards, school administrators,                                                               
the university system, and educational  staff.  She asked for the                                                               
role  of  the board  to  solicit  comments from  said  interested                                                               
groups  in order  to  shape  and elevate  the  quality of  public                                                               
education.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
MS.  SCOTT recalled  AEC utilized  hundreds  of Alaskans  through                                                               
various  stakeholder   groups  to   meet  and   discuss  positive                                                               
trajectories  that  enable  the   state  to  achieve  educational                                                               
growth.  She opined the role  of the board is to report feedback,                                                               
data,  and ideas  from the  strategic  plan in  order to  develop                                                               
action plans.                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR STORY  urged the  board to invite  said groups  to board                                                               
meetings to  hear policymakers' ideas.   Furthermore, because the                                                               
legislature is mandated  to maintain a system  of public schools,                                                               
and  she asked  for  the  board's role  in  conjunction with  the                                                               
legislature.                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MS.  SCOTT noted  the  board  provides an  annual  report to  the                                                               
legislature;   she   expressed   her  personal   value   of   the                                                               
opportunities  to  meet with  legislators  in  person to  discuss                                                               
priorities and concerns through open-minded communication.                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
8:40:27 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR  STORY urged  for the  committee and  the board  to work                                                               
together  to  address  challenges  through  better  communication                                                               
between policymakers.                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR  DRUMMOND pointed  out  members of  the House  Education                                                               
Standing  Committee  represent about  30  years  of local  school                                                               
board experience,  and described  how the Anchorage  School Board                                                               
developed its budget.                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
MS.  SCOTT,  in  response  to Co-Chair  Drummond,  said  she  was                                                               
appointed by former Governor Walker in February 2018.                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR DRUMMOND  surmised at that  time former  Governor Walker                                                               
had  already   submitted  a  budget   thus  Ms.  Scott   did  not                                                               
participate  in the  development  of  [the FY  19]  budget.   She                                                               
expressed her hope  that, as a board member, Ms.  Scott would ask                                                               
the administration  and commissioner  [of EED]  to work  with the                                                               
board  when   developing  a   budget,  and   to  allow   for  the                                                               
consideration  of the  complexities  of  delivering education  in                                                               
Alaska.                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
MS. SCOTT,  in further response  to Co-Chair  Drummond, clarified                                                               
she  serves on  the  Mt. Edgecumbe  High  School Advisory  Board,                                                               
appointed to  the seat  representing the  [Alaska State  Board of                                                               
Education and Early Education].                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR DRUMMOND observed  the board serves as  the local school                                                               
board  for  Mt.  Edgecumbe  High  School and  asked  if,  in  her                                                               
position  as  the appointed  member  to  the Mt.  Edgecumbe  High                                                               
School Advisory Board,  Ms. Scott believes the  [state] board has                                                               
sufficient  opportunity to  govern the  affairs of  Mt. Edgecumbe                                                               
High School.                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MS.  SCOTT opined  the opinions  and work  of the  advisory board                                                               
have  primacy and  the [state]  board  works very  well with  Mt.                                                               
Edgecombe High School's advisory board and superintendent.                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  ZULKOSKY inquired  as to  Ms. Scott's  support of                                                               
[Head Start federal services provided  to low-income children and                                                               
families]  and  pre-K  early  learning  opportunities  throughout                                                               
Alaska.                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
MS. SCOTT related,  from her family's long  history as educators,                                                               
she learned  of the  importance of  early literacy;  also evident                                                               
from AEC data is that children  with a basic knowledge of reading                                                               
experience   increased  academic   success,   higher  levels   of                                                               
education, and more secure employment.   She said she understands                                                               
the importance of Head Start  and early literacy to students over                                                               
time, especially in the Northwest Arctic Borough.                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR STORY read the following statement:                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
     The House  Special Committee on Education  has reviewed                                                                    
     the qualifications  of the governor's appointee  to the                                                                    
     Alaska  Board of  Education and  Early Development  and                                                                    
     recommends  [the name  of] Tiffany  Scott be  forwarded                                                                    
     for   consideration  by   a   joint   session  of   the                                                                    
     legislature.   This does not  reflect intent by  any of                                                                    
     the  members to  vote  for or  against this  individual                                                                    
     during  any  further  sessions   for  the  purposes  of                                                                    
     confirmation.                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
[Although a motion was not made, the confirmation was considered                                                                
advanced.]                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
8:47:26 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
ADJOURNMENT                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
There being no further business before the committee, the House                                                                 
Education Standing Committee meeting was adjourned at 8:47 a.m.                                                                 

Document Name Date/Time Subjects
HEDC 4.12.19 PTPC Confirmation Committee Packet.pdf HEDC 4/12/2019 8:00:00 AM