Legislature(2019 - 2020)CAPITOL 106

05/10/2019 08:00 AM EDUCATION

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08:02:24 AM Start
08:03:53 AM HB109
08:06:30 AM Presentation(s): State Career & Technical Education Plan; Reauthorization, Carl Perkins Act
08:28:54 AM HB67
09:45:34 AM HB155
10:02:17 AM Adjourn
* first hearing in first committee of referral
+ teleconferenced
= bill was previously heard/scheduled
+= HB 109 MILITARY CHILDREN SCHOOL RESIDENCY WAIVER TELECONFERENCED
Moved CSHB 109(EDC) Out of Committee
+ Presentation: State Career & Technical Education TELECONFERENCED
Plan; Reauthorization, Carl Perkins Act
+= HB 67 DEPT. OF LABOR: TECHNICAL ED. PROGRAMS TELECONFERENCED
Heard & Held
-- Testimony <Invitation Only> --
*+ HB 155 AK PERFORMANCE SCHOLARSHIP; ELIGIBILITY TELECONFERENCED
Heard & Held
-- Testimony <Invitation Only> --
+ Bills Previously Heard/Scheduled TELECONFERENCED
-- Teleconference Listen Only --
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                    ALASKA STATE LEGISLATURE                                                                                  
               HOUSE EDUCATION STANDING COMMITTEE                                                                             
                          May 10, 2019                                                                                          
                           8:02 a.m.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
MEMBERS PRESENT                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
Representative Harriet Drummond, Co-Chair                                                                                       
Representative Andi Story, Co-Chair                                                                                             
Representative Grier Hopkins                                                                                                    
Representative Josh Revak                                                                                                       
Representative Chris Tuck                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
MEMBERS ABSENT                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
Representative Tiffany Zulkosky                                                                                                 
Representative DeLena Johnson                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
COMMITTEE CALENDAR                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
HOUSE BILL NO. 109                                                                                                              
"An Act relating to residency requirements for public school                                                                    
enrollment for certain children of active duty military                                                                         
members."                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
     - MOVED CSHB 109(EDC) OUT OF COMMITTEE                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
PRESENTATION(S):  STATE CAREER & TECHNICAL EDUCATION PLAN;                                                                      
REAUTHORIZATION~ CARL PERKINS ACT                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
     - HEARD                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
HOUSE BILL NO. 67                                                                                                               
"An Act relating to the duties of the Department of Labor and                                                                   
Workforce Development; and providing for an effective date."                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
     - HEARD & HELD                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
HOUSE BILL NO. 155                                                                                                              
"An Act relating to eligibility for the Alaska performance                                                                      
scholarship program."                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
     - HEARD & HELD                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
PREVIOUS COMMITTEE ACTION                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
BILL: HB 109                                                                                                                  
SHORT TITLE: MILITARY CHILDREN SCHOOL RESIDENCY WAIVER                                                                          
SPONSOR(s): REPRESENTATIVE(s) LEDOUX                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
03/25/19       (H)       READ THE FIRST TIME - REFERRALS                                                                        
03/25/19       (H)       MLV, EDC                                                                                               
04/09/19       (H)       MLV AT 1:00 PM GRUENBERG 120                                                                           
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04/11/19       (H)       MLV AT 1:00 PM GRUENBERG 120                                                                           
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04/16/19       (H)       MLV AT 1:00 PM GRUENBERG 120                                                                           
04/16/19       (H)       Heard & Held                                                                                           
04/16/19       (H)       MINUTE(MLV)                                                                                            
04/18/19       (H)       MLV AT 1:00 PM GRUENBERG 120                                                                           
04/18/19       (H)       -- MEETING CANCELED --                                                                                 
04/23/19       (H)       MLV AT 1:00 PM GRUENBERG 120                                                                           
04/23/19       (H)       Moved CSHB 109(MLV) Out of Committee                                                                   
04/23/19       (H)       MINUTE(MLV)                                                                                            
04/24/19       (H)       MLV RPT CS(MLV) NT 6DP                                                                                 
04/24/19       (H)       DP: KOPP, THOMPSON, JACKSON, TARR,                                                                     
                         TUCK, LEDOUX                                                                                           
05/08/19       (H)       EDC AT 8:00 AM CAPITOL 106                                                                             
05/08/19       (H)       Heard & Held                                                                                           
05/08/19       (H)       MINUTE(EDC)                                                                                            
05/10/19       (H)       EDC AT 8:00 AM CAPITOL 106                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
BILL: HB  67                                                                                                                  
SHORT TITLE: DEPT. OF LABOR: TECHNICAL ED. PROGRAMS                                                                             
SPONSOR(s): RULES BY REQUEST OF THE GOVERNOR                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
02/20/19       (H)       READ THE FIRST TIME - REFERRALS                                                                        
02/20/19       (H)       EDC, L&C, FIN                                                                                          
04/05/19       (H)       EDC AT 8:00 AM CAPITOL 106                                                                             
04/05/19       (H)       Heard & Held                                                                                           
04/05/19       (H)       MINUTE(EDC)                                                                                            
05/10/19       (H)       EDC AT 8:00 AM CAPITOL 106                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
BILL: HB 155                                                                                                                  
SHORT TITLE: AK PERFORMANCE SCHOLARSHIP; ELIGIBILITY                                                                            
SPONSOR(s): STORY                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
05/09/19       (H)       READ THE FIRST TIME - REFERRALS                                                                        
05/09/19       (H)       EDC, FIN                                                                                               
05/10/19       (H)       EDC AT 8:00 AM CAPITOL 106                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
WITNESS REGISTER                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
DEBORAH RIDDLE, Division Operations Manager                                                                                     
Administrator, CTE Program                                                                                                      
Department of Education and Early Development (DEED)                                                                            
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION  STATEMENT:    During  the  presentation  titled  "State                                                             
Career & Technical Education  Plan; Reauthorization, Carl Perkins                                                               
Act," provided an overview and answered questions.                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
GREG CASHEN, Career and Technical Education Coordinator                                                                         
Department of Labor and Workforce Development (DLWD)                                                                            
Anchorage, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION  STATEMENT:    During  the  presentation  titled  "State                                                             
Career & Technical Education  Plan; Reauthorization, Carl Perkins                                                               
Act," provided introductory information about his department.                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
PAUL LAYER, Vice President for Academics, Students and Research                                                                 
University of Alaska (UA)                                                                                                       
Fairbanks, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION STATEMENT:   During the hearing of HB  67, described the                                                             
university's role in providing career  and technical education in                                                               
Alaska, and commented on two  amendments to the bill suggested by                                                               
the university.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
TERI COTHREN, Project Manager                                                                                                   
Workforce Programs                                                                                                              
University of Alaska                                                                                                            
Anchorage, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION  STATEMENT:   During  the  hearing  of HB  67,  answered                                                             
questions.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
DEBORAH RIDDLE, Division Operations Manager                                                                                     
Administrator, CTE Program                                                                                                      
Department of Education and Early Development (DEED)                                                                            
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION  STATEMENT:   During  the  hearing  of HB  67,  provided                                                             
information and answered questions.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
GREG CASHEN, Career and Technical Education Coordinator                                                                         
Department of Labor and Workforce Development (DLWD)                                                                            
Anchorage, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION  STATEMENT:   During  the  hearing  of HB  67,  provided                                                             
information and answered questions.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
MARY HAKALA, Staff                                                                                                              
Representative Andi Story                                                                                                       
Alaska State Legislature                                                                                                        
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT:   During the hearing of HB  155, reviewed the                                                             
bill's provisions on behalf of Representative Story, sponsor.                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
SAM JORDAN, Grants Administrator                                                                                                
Alaska Staff Development Network                                                                                                
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION  STATEMENT:    Provided  video clips  to  the  committee                                                             
focusing on the fundamental of kids.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
ACTION NARRATIVE                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
8:02:24 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR  ANDI   STORY  called   the  House   Education  Standing                                                             
Committee  meeting  to  order  at   7:38  a.m.    Representatives                                                               
Hopkins, Revak,  Tuck, Drummond,  and Story  were present  at the                                                               
call to order.                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
        HB 109-MILITARY CHILDREN SCHOOL RESIDENCY WAIVER                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
8:03:53 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR STORY announced  that the first order  of business would                                                               
be  HOUSE   BILL  NO.   109,  "An   Act  relating   to  residency                                                               
requirements for  public school  enrollment for  certain children                                                               
of active duty military members."   [Before the committee was the                                                               
proposed  committee  substitute  (CS)  for HB  109,  Version  31-                                                               
LS0728\S, Caouette, 4/24/19, adopted as a work draft on 5/8/19.]                                                                
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR DRUMMOND  commented that  HB 109  is a  good bill.   She                                                               
said it  honors the sacrifices  that U.S. military  families make                                                               
and is  something that can be  done to make the  kids of military                                                               
members welcome and successful in Alaska's schools.                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE TUCK stated  he is a proud sponsor of  HB 109.  He                                                               
noted it is  something that the U.S. Department  of Defense (DOD)                                                               
is trying to do in all 50  states to make the transition easy for                                                               
[military] families.                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
8:05:48 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR DRUMMOND  moved to  report the proposed  CS for  HB 109,                                                               
Version S,  out of committee with  individual recommendations and                                                               
the accompanying  zero fiscal  note.   There being  no objection,                                                               
CSHB  109(EDU) was  reported from  the  House Education  Standing                                                               
Committee.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
^PRESENTATION(S):    STATE  CAREER &  TECHNICAL  EDUCATION  PLAN;                                                               
REAUTHORIZATION, CARL PERKINS ACT                                                                                               
   PRESENTATION(S):  STATE CAREER & TECHNICAL EDUCATION PLAN;                                                               
               REAUTHORIZATION, CARL PERKINS ACT                                                                            
                                                                                                                              
8:06:30 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR STORY  announced that the  next order of  business would                                                               
be  a   presentation  about  the  Alaska   Career  and  Technical                                                               
Education (CTE) Plan  and reauthorization of the  Carl D. Perkins                                                               
Career and Technical Education Act.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
8:07:41 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
DEBORAH RIDDLE,  Division Operations Manager,  Administrator, CTE                                                               
Program, Department  of Education  and Early  Development (DEED),                                                               
provided an overview of the  State Career and Technical Education                                                               
(CTE)  Plan.   She began  by explaining  that the  1917 [National                                                               
Vocational Education  Act (Smith-Hughes Act)] was  the first time                                                               
that funds were  awarded for vocational education.   In [1963] it                                                               
became the Vocational  [Education] Act.  In  1984 [the Vocational                                                               
Education Act]  was amended and  became referred to as  the [Carl                                                               
D. Perkins Act].   In 1990 the Act was  retitled and reauthorized                                                               
as  the  [Carl  D.  Perkins  Vocational  and  Applied  Technology                                                               
Education  Act].   In 1998  the  Act was  amended again  (Perkins                                                               
III).   The  State of  Alaska operated  under the  [2006 Carl  D.                                                               
Perkins Career  and Technical Education  Act (Perkins  IV)] until                                                               
it  was reauthorized  in  2018 as  the  Strengthening Career  and                                                               
Technical Education for the 21st Century Act (Perkins V).                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
MS. RIDDLE  pointed out that  through its course of  changes, the                                                               
Perkins Act has moved from  vocational types of classes that were                                                               
not  considered as  rigorous as  the core  classes to  career and                                                               
technical  education   with  a  focus  on   science,  technology,                                                               
engineering, and math  (STEM).  Perkins IV and  V created courses                                                               
and programs  that are  rigorous and that  use an  academic focus                                                               
along with the workforce development piece tied into it.                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
MS.  RIDDLE  brought  attention   to  a  PowerPoint  presentation                                                               
provided in the committee packet  [titled "Perkins An Opportunity                                                               
to ReThink CTE," dated September  2018, by Scott Stump, Assistant                                                               
Secretary,]  Office of  Career,  Technical,  and Adult  Education                                                               
(OCTAE), U.S.  Department of  Education.   She related  that this                                                               
powerful presentation talks  about the levers of CTE  and how CTE                                                               
can provide  a lever  for students  who are  looking at  a career                                                               
focus, not necessarily a college focus.                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
8:10:24 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MS. RIDDLE  explained that one of  the changes made by  Perkins V                                                               
is  that it  is  tied  to the  2015  Every  Student Succeeds  Act                                                               
(ESSA).  Language  throughout Perkins V addresses  pieces in ESSA                                                               
that  talk about  the consultation,  focusing  on the  academics,                                                               
looking at accountability in a  different way, and making it more                                                               
accessible  for different  states.    In the  past,  most of  the                                                               
compatibility indicators,  or targets,  were determined  by OCTAE                                                               
at the  U.S. Department of  Education, and between OCTAE  and the                                                               
state.   A big  change is  that now  the districts  can negotiate                                                               
within the state to determine  [the state's] own targets that fit                                                               
[the state's] needs better.  This  is outlined in a paper done by                                                               
the Department of Labor & Workforce Development (DLWD).                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
MS.  RIDDLE related  that DEED  is excited  about some  shifts in                                                               
those indicators.  There are fewer,  but the state gets to choose                                                               
one of the  three or can choose all three.   Those are work-based                                                               
learning,  postsecondary credit  and  attainment, and  credential                                                               
attainment  during  high  school.   This  ties  into  the  Alaska                                                               
Education  Challenge that  has been  driving  a lot  of the  work                                                               
being done  at DEED.   The  second goal  in the  Alaska Education                                                               
Challenge is using CTE to help  raise the graduation rate.  There                                                               
has  been a  push  for  work-base learning,  which  ties in  with                                                               
apprenticeships.   There  is the  postsecondary credit,  the dual                                                               
credit, [and DEED] is working  closely with the university on how                                                               
to do  that.   Credentials are certificates  so that  students in                                                               
high  school can  earn some  industry certifications  before they                                                               
leave high school.                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
8:13:33 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MS.  RIDDLE stated  that Perkins  V offers  some new  definitions                                                               
that weren't in  Perkins IV.  What will be  talked about today is                                                               
systems alignment, which is  the collaboration between secondary,                                                               
postsecondary, workforce,  industry partners, and parents.   This                                                               
is  an  opportunity for  a  highly  collaborative experience  for                                                               
districts and the state to provide  a CTE program that's going to                                                               
work  best for  Alaska's students.   Professional  development is                                                               
also  being  looked  at  in  a different  way  -  how  to  better                                                               
coordinate,  blend, and  integrate  CTE professional  development                                                               
and the teachers who are teaching the core classes.                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
MS. RIDDLE reported  that DEED is currently working  on the state                                                               
plan for Perkins V  and has two years to come up with  a plan.  A                                                               
transition plan  must be submitted on  May 24.  It  describes how                                                               
the  state will  get  the money  out  the door  and  how it  will                                                               
evaluate  programs of  study.    Due in  April  2020  is a  needs                                                               
assessment  and some  more of  the  conceptual and  philosophical                                                               
parts of  the plan.  To  do this, an advisory  committee has been                                                               
established  that includes  staff from  DLWD and  representatives                                                               
from industry,  different unions,  parents, teachers,  and tribal                                                               
organizations.   There is a list  that DEED is required  to reach                                                               
out  to, so  the  advisory committee  is  robust.   Additionally,                                                               
there is  a working  group comprised  of educators,  CTE leaders,                                                               
and teachers  to figure  out the  nuts and  bolts.   The advisory                                                               
committee helps guide DEED  on where it is going and  if it is on                                                               
the right track.   The working group is helping  with getting the                                                               
actual work done,  what the documents will look like,  and how it                                                               
will streamline and reduce the burden on the districts.                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
MS.  RIDDLE elaborated  that  the  May 24  plan  talks about  the                                                               
programs of study, the components  of each program, how those tie                                                               
into the academics, and how  the needs of special populations are                                                               
being met,  which includes  students with  disabilities, students                                                               
in  nontraditional  occupations such  as  male  nurses or  female                                                               
truck drivers,  and foster  children.  The  plan must  talk about                                                               
how  the funds  will be  allocated, the  accountability measures,                                                               
and look at the targets that must be done.                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
8:15:46 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  HOPKINS recalled  Ms.  Riddle  stating that  this                                                               
ties in with ESSA.   He asked whether DEED had  put forth an ESSA                                                               
plan that has been approved by the [federal] government.                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
MS. RIDDLE replied yes, an ESSA  plan was approved last year, and                                                               
an amendment was done this year.                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
8:16:15 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR  DRUMMOND  drew  attention  to  slide  6  of  the  OCTAE                                                               
PowerPoint presentation and addressed  the bullet point that asks                                                               
the  question, "How  can 'reserve'  funds best  be used  to spark                                                               
innovation  and incentivize  'high-quality?'"   She requested  an                                                               
explanation of "reserve" and asked what the question means.                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
MS.  RIDDLE responded  that there  is a  reserve fund  within the                                                               
Perkins  funding.   She explained  that Alaska  uses its  reserve                                                               
fund a  bit differently  than most states  because Alaska  has so                                                               
many small  districts.   In the  formula that  is used,  a school                                                               
district must meet  $15,000 to be able to  receive Perkins funds.                                                               
Many  of Alaska's  districts don't  meet the  $15,000, so  [DEED]                                                               
uses its [Perkins] reserve funds  to get those small districts up                                                               
to that $15,000 piece so that  they can receive the Perkins funds                                                               
and be able  to offer CTE using  Perkins.  The state  can use its                                                               
leadership funds  for a variety  of things, such  as professional                                                               
development, but  has also offered  incentive grants  to programs                                                               
that have  started something that  is innovative.   One incentive                                                               
grant went  to the Bristol Bay  Regional CTE group.   The Bristol                                                               
Bay, Southwest  Region, and Lake  and Peninsula pool  their money                                                               
together in  a collaborative and  some money was granted  to them                                                               
to build  that up.   There are  other ways to  foster innovation,                                                               
but  [DEED] uses  its  reserve  grants to  help  ensure that  all                                                               
districts that want to participate in CTE can participate.                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
MS. RIDDLE,  responding to Co-Chair Drummond,  confirmed that the                                                               
reserve funds  are within the  Carl Perkins funds and  not within                                                               
the larger education budget.                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
8:18:50 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR STORY  drew attention  to the  two-page document  in the                                                               
committee  packet titled  "Carl D.  Perkins Career  and Technical                                                               
Education  Act  Reauthorization."   She  referred  to  the  first                                                               
bullet  under   the  heading  "Streamlined   Accountability"  and                                                               
offered her understanding  that the state will no  longer have to                                                               
report on the  individual basic CTE participant  program and will                                                               
now only have to report on the CTE Concentrators.                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
MS. RIDDLE  answered that  the state doesn't  have to  stop doing                                                               
that and  a decision in this  regard will be made  in conjunction                                                               
with the advisory  committee and the working group.   She pointed                                                               
out that  the CTE programs  are utilized by  "dabblers," students                                                               
who  are  just trying  something  out  and participating  in  CTE                                                               
class,  and this  helps drive  some  decisions about  programming                                                               
moving forward.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR STORY agreed it does  give an indication of the interest                                                               
and said  she hopes  the committee will  take that  into account.                                                               
She   turned    to   the   third   bullet    under   "Streamlined                                                               
Accountability" that states, "The  Act maintains current law that                                                               
if a state  agency or school district fails to  meet at least 90%                                                               
of  the  state-determined  level  of  performance  for  any  core                                                               
indicator for all students (not  each subgroup), the State agency                                                               
shall develop  and implement a  program improvement plan  for the                                                               
indicator."   She  asked how  this affects  the CTE  programs and                                                               
whether it  means that 90 percent  of kids must be  proficient or                                                               
whether the 90 percent refers to something else.                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
MS.   RIDDLE   replied,  "Those   are   the   students  who   are                                                               
participating in the CTE, so the  90 percent."  The target is set                                                               
so that when  the state collects its data the  cutoff point is 90                                                               
percent  and that  is  the goal  that  must be  met  for all  the                                                               
students in CTE right now.   She requested clarification on which                                                               
document Co-Chair Story is referring to.                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR STORY stated it is  the document titled "Carl D. Perkins                                                               
Career and  Technical Education Act  Reauthorization" and  she is                                                               
referring to  [the third bullet]  under the  heading "Streamlined                                                               
Accountability."   She asked  what the 90  percent of  the state-                                                               
determined level of performance is referring to.                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
MS. RIDDLE responded  that targets are determined  and 90 percent                                                               
of that  must be  met.   If a school  district doesn't  [meet the                                                               
target], [DEED] will  work with OCTAE to look at  the targets and                                                               
make sure that the goals are  set high enough to be rigorous, yet                                                               
still attainable.  When a  district doesn't meet that 90 percent,                                                               
{DEED] works with  the district on an improvement  plan and helps                                                               
the district  figure out a way  to raise those marks  to meet the                                                               
targets.  But, she added, it is based on CTE participants.                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
MS. RIDDLE, at  Co-Chair Story's request, provided  an example of                                                               
a goal.   She  said if  it is wanted  to have  86 percent  of the                                                               
[CTE]  students attain  technical  skills to  get a  certificate,                                                               
then it would be 90 percent of that.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
8:22:37 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MS. RIDDLE resumed  her overview.  She drew attention  to a graph                                                               
[titled  "CTE  Concentrator  vs.  Non CTE  Graduation  Rate  over                                                               
Time"] and  said DEED  looks at these  statistics annually.   The                                                               
graph  reports from  the  previous year  and  the statistics  are                                                               
popular with school boards and  parents.  The department has some                                                               
demographics  on   the  students  and  the   number  of  students                                                               
participating in CTE.  Close  attention is paid to the graduation                                                               
rate and  the CTE  graduation rate is  one of  DEED's priorities.                                                               
The graduation  rate is 95  percent for concentrators,  which are                                                               
students  who  take  two  years  of CTE  courses  in  a  rigorous                                                               
pathway.   A concentrator is  19 percent more likely  to graduate                                                               
than his  or her non-CTE counterparts.   She noted that  the back                                                               
page shows the six-year trend since 2013.                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
8:24:30 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR DRUMMOND  said it  is good that  the graduation  rate of                                                               
CTE students is rising.   She noted, however, that the percentage                                                               
of students participating  seems to be declining.   She requested                                                               
Ms. Riddle's thoughts in this regard.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
MS. RIDDLE answered  it could be offerings at  the specific sites                                                               
and barriers being removed for those students.                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
MS. RIDDLE pointed  out that 42 of the state's  54 districts have                                                               
applied for and utilize Perkins funds.                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR  STORY inquired  as to  why  all the  districts are  not                                                               
participating.                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
MS. RIDDLE  replied that  the 12  districts not  participating in                                                               
Perkins are very small, so  offering those programs might be more                                                               
than what a  small school can handle.  Also,  Perkins is heavy on                                                               
the paperwork  and DEED is  trying to  reduce that burden  on the                                                               
districts  because  sometimes  the   districts  feel  that  those                                                               
federal requirements are more than they want to take on.                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
8:26:43 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  TUCK  asked  whether  there is  room  within  the                                                               
Perkins Act for  the Board of Education to be  able to handle the                                                               
paperwork on behalf of those smaller districts.                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
MS. RIDDLE  explained that  Perkins is  individual, and  DEED has                                                               
reduced [the paperwork]  as much as it can.   For Perkins V, DEED                                                               
is going to work  with DLWF to provide some of  those studies.  A                                                               
district must look at the  labor market information for its Needs                                                               
Assessment, and  DEED is  going to  work with  DLWF so  that [the                                                               
districts] won't  have to  do that.   The department  has reduced                                                               
some  of  the  application   pieces,  but  unfortunately  Perkins                                                               
requires  each  of  the  districts  to come  up  with  their  own                                                               
individual  plan.   The department  offers work  sessions and  as                                                               
much help  as it can to  get that done, but  [each district] must                                                               
have  an advisory  committee, which  is good  practice, and  talk                                                               
about their data.                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
8:28:02 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR STORY  invited Mr.  Cashen to  provide comments  for the                                                               
presentation.                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
GREG   CASHEN,  Career   and  Technical   Education  Coordinator,                                                               
Department of  Labor and Workforce  Development (DLWD),  said his                                                               
department works  daily in cooperation  with DEED  and University                                                               
of Alaska on career and  technical education planning - Perkins V                                                               
reauthorization.  He stated he is available for any questions.                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
         HB  67-DEPT. OF LABOR: TECHNICAL ED. PROGRAMS                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
8:28:54 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR STORY  announced that the  next order of  business would                                                               
be  HOUSE BILL  NO. 67,  "An Act  relating to  the duties  of the                                                               
Department of Labor and Workforce  Development; and providing for                                                               
an effective date."                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR STORY stated that before  the committee considers HB 67,                                                               
she  would first  like  the committee  to  better understand  the                                                               
cooperative work  that has been  underway to support  and advance                                                               
CTE in  Alaska.  She  has therefore invited  representatives from                                                               
the  Department of  Education and  Early Development  (DEED), the                                                               
Department  of  Labor &  Workforce  Development  (DLWD), and  the                                                               
University of Alaska (UA) to give  a description of their role in                                                               
providing CTE to Alaska.                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
8:29:39 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
PAUL LAYER, Vice President for  Academics, Students and Research,                                                               
University  of Alaska  (UA), described  the university's  role in                                                               
providing career  and technical education  in Alaska and  how the                                                               
university interfaces  with DEED and  DLWD.  He pointed  out that                                                               
the University  of Alaska is  the largest provider of  career and                                                               
technical education in the state  and provides those programs for                                                               
both postsecondary students and  the university's dual enrollment                                                               
programs  with kindergarten  through  grade  12 (K-12)  students.                                                               
The  university   works  closely  with  DLWD   and  DEED  through                                                               
committees,  which  has  been  ongoing  for a  long  time.    The                                                               
university  values those  collaborations  with those  departments                                                               
and looks  forward to  continuing to  serve Alaskans  through its                                                               
career and technical education programs.                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE HOPKINS inquired  about the sort of  data that the                                                               
university works with and provides to DLWD and DEED.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
MR. LAYER deferred to Ms. Cothren to provide an answer.                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
8:32:32 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
TERI COTHREN, Project Manager,  Workforce Programs, University of                                                               
Alaska, offered  two examples to  answer the question  about data                                                               
and how  the university works with  DEED and DLWD.   She said the                                                               
university works  through its institutional research  office with                                                               
DEED annually to report on  postsecondary data related to Perkins                                                               
to  meet the  federal requirements.   The  university also  works                                                               
with  DLWD   annually  to  report  on   the  technical/vocational                                                               
education program to  meet the requirements for  that program and                                                               
provide that data through an annual report to the legislature.                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE HOPKINS  asked whether this work  of data sharing,                                                               
planning, and  coordination is ongoing  throughout the  year with                                                               
DEED and  DLWD or whether  the university  sits once a  year with                                                               
the departments to work together.                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
MS.  COTHREN replied  it is  ongoing.   She  explained there  are                                                               
monthly  meetings  throughout the  year  with  DLWD Research  and                                                               
Analysis, and an individual from  that office is shared with DEED                                                               
for  the  Perkins  reporting.     The  meetings  are  monthly  to                                                               
coordinate  efforts.    While  the  examples  she  mentioned  are                                                               
related to  CTE, there are  other reporting efforts that  come up                                                               
throughout the year.                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR STORY requested Ms. Riddle  to describe the role of DEED                                                               
in providing  career and  technical education  in Alaska  and how                                                               
DEED currently interfaces with its  partners at the University of                                                               
Alaska and DLWD.                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
8:34:55 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
DEBORAH RIDDLE,  Division Operations Manager,  Administrator, CTE                                                               
Program, Department  of Education  and Early  Development (DEED),                                                               
explained that DEED  is the main source of the  Perkins funds and                                                               
disseminates  those  funds  to  the districts.    She  said  DEED                                                               
provides guidance  and information  for the districts  to receive                                                               
and utilize  those funds according  to the  federal requirements.                                                               
As  well, DEED  promotes CTE  within the  state.   The department                                                               
tries to be  more than just Perkins and tries  to keep its finger                                                               
on the  pulse of what  schools are  doing.  The  department helps                                                               
districts  coordinate with  the university  system to  articulate                                                               
their programs all  the way from the beginning to  where they can                                                               
go right into a program at  the university.  The department has a                                                               
member who sits  on the Alaska Workforce  Investment Board (AWIB)                                                               
and  participates in  several of  the committees  to provide  the                                                               
education  perspective to  those  committee meetings.   There  is                                                               
more, but those are the big ones.                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
8:36:00 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE HOPKINS asked  how much money the  State of Alaska                                                               
receives in federal Perkins funds.                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
MS. RIDDLE answered  that this last year the  state received $4.7                                                               
million and  the preliminary numbers  for next year are  a little                                                               
over $5 million.  For the prior  25 years it was $4.25 million as                                                               
Alaska was a  minimum allocation state and  additional funds have                                                               
now been put in.                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  HOPKINS inquired  whether DEED  also disseminates                                                               
State of Alaska funds on that.                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
MS.  RIDDLE replied  there is  a match  of $250,000.   Responding                                                               
further, she confirmed it is $5 million plus the $250,000 match.                                                                
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR DRUMMOND noted there is  already a significant amount of                                                               
ongoing  cooperation between  DEED, DLWD,  and the  University of                                                               
Alaska in  relation to the Perkins  funds.  She recognized  HB 67                                                               
is not DEED's bill but asked why the bill is necessary.                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
MS. RIDDLE  answered DEED  feels it  is important  to collaborate                                                               
with  everyone  and it  is  a  requirement  of  the Act  and  she                                                               
believes DEED also  has some requirements that way.   She said it                                                               
is important that DEED use  the resources and the perspectives of                                                               
the different entities that work together.                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE TUCK asked whether  he is correct in understanding                                                               
that HB  67 does not  look at just  state agencies, but  looks at                                                               
all CTE that is being provided, whether private or public.                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
8:38:05 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
GREG   CASHEN,  Career   and  Technical   Education  Coordinator,                                                               
Department of Labor and Workforce  Development (DLWD), replied it                                                               
is just state funded training programs, not private.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR  STORY  offered  her   understanding  that  the  Perkins                                                               
funding is  going to all  the districts.   She asked  whether the                                                               
primary role played  by DEED is helping the  districts with their                                                               
CTE  decisions or  whether it  is the  districts' decisions  that                                                               
drive  the  programs  that  are  developed  for  secondary,  high                                                               
school, school boards, superintendents, and communities.                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
MS. RIDDLE responded  that Perkins sets a  guideline, a standard,                                                               
for a quality CTE program.   Not all the courses that are offered                                                               
in high  schools are  CTE funded,  but most  of them  follow that                                                               
same framework for the rigor.   The department does provide a lot                                                               
of  guidance and  assistance, but  it  is local  control and  the                                                               
districts choose  what programs  they want.   The  districts must                                                               
fulfill requirements in order to receive the Perkins funding.                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE TUCK  drew attention to the  proposed new language                                                               
that would  be added  by HB  67 in Section  1, paragraph  (8), on                                                               
page 2, lines 9-12.  He  observed that lines 11-12 state "and any                                                               
other entities  involved in providing  or funding  the programs."                                                               
He   presumed  that   "programs"  means   career  and   technical                                                               
education.  He asked what the other entities would be.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
MR. CASHEN  offered his belief that  it is only looking  at state                                                               
funded  programs, but  DLWD would  also  coordinate with  private                                                               
entities  and attempt  to coordinate  what  career and  technical                                                               
education programs  that private entities provide,  although DLWD                                                               
would not  have any oversight  of any private  training entities.                                                               
He  said he  believes that  was  referenced in  the bill's  first                                                               
hearing [4/5/19] before the committee.                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE TUCK stated that it  helps to know what the intent                                                               
is.   He said  he isn't  sure the  language reflects  that intent                                                               
entirely and therefore is something that needs to be worked on.                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
8:41:25 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR DRUMMOND  recalled that during the  bill's first hearing                                                               
it  was  heard  that  the   Alaska  Commission  on  Postsecondary                                                               
Education (ACPE)  already has oversight  over the  private career                                                               
training programs throughout  the state.  She  offered her belief                                                               
that  that needs  to be  coordinated with  this entire  effort to                                                               
pull in the  private piece, so the departments  know exactly what                                                               
is going on  in the state in terms of  every career and technical                                                               
education program,  whether postsecondary or in  a public school.                                                               
She said  she will  at some  point be  proposing an  amendment in                                                               
addition to  those recommended  by Mr.  Layer of  the university.                                                               
All the incredible  ongoing efforts in the  state absolutely need                                                               
to  be  coordinated  and  she   appreciates  the  effort  of  the                                                               
department to  un-silo the various  efforts and firm those  up in                                                               
the  bill.    It  is  unlikely  the  bill  will  change  what  is                                                               
happening, it  just needs  to be formalized,  and pulling  in the                                                               
ACPE would be a good idea.                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR STORY  referenced the  language on page  2, line  11, of                                                               
the  bill that  states,  "and  any other  entities".   She  asked                                                               
whether DEED thinks  this language means the  school districts or                                                               
whether the school districts are covered under DEED.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
MS. RIDDLE answered she would say through DEED.                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  TUCK further  observed  that  lines 11-12  state,                                                               
"and  any other  entities involved  in providing  or funding  the                                                               
programs."  He inquired whether  donations that take advantage of                                                               
the  state's  education  tax  credits  would  be  considered  the                                                               
"providing or funding" of any of these state programs.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
MR.  CASHEN  replied he  is  unsure  and  will  get back  to  the                                                               
committee with an answer.                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
8:44:08 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR  STORY requested  Mr. Cashen  to describe  his role  and                                                               
sense of collaboration between the university and DEED.                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
MR. CASHEN explained  that his role is with  the Alaska Workforce                                                               
Investment Board (AWIB), located  in the commissioner's office of                                                               
the Department of Labor and  Workforce Development.  He said AWIB                                                               
is  the lead  state planning  and coordinating  entity for  human                                                               
resource programs in  the state and AWIB's role  under statute is                                                               
that it  is responsible for  the facilitation and  development of                                                               
an  effective  employment  training and  education  system  which                                                               
aligns workforce, education, and economic development.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
MR. CASHEN  noted that  DLWD didn't have  a career  and technical                                                               
education  coordinator until  about  2009.   In  2009 AWIB  began                                                               
working  with  DEED  and  the university  to  develop  the  first                                                               
statewide career and  technical education plan.   The plan called                                                               
for  strategies to  improve career  and  technical education  and                                                               
prepare Alaskans  with required  skills needed  for postsecondary                                                               
training and careers in high growth occupations in Alaska.                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
MR. CASHEN said  another role of AWIB is to  provide oversight of                                                               
employment related  education training  programs operated  by the                                                               
state.   The  Alaska Workforce  Investment Board  is required  to                                                               
report annually  to the legislature  on the performance  of these                                                               
training  programs, including  Carl Perkins,  the state  training                                                               
employment program,  as well as workforce  innovation opportunity                                                               
or federal funded programs that the department operates.                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
MR. CASHEN explained  that AWIB's role is more  of a coordinating                                                               
entity to get all the  different entities together to improve the                                                               
current technical education in Alaska.   The Workforce Investment                                                               
Board  consists  of  representatives  from  DEED,  University  of                                                               
Alaska, and  DLWD, as well  as organized labor,  other education,                                                               
postsecondary education,  business, and  industry.   Meetings are                                                               
on a  regular monthly  basis and  AWIB is  involved in  Perkins V                                                               
reauthorization and  contributes at meetings every  month related                                                               
to that plan.                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
8:47:16 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR DRUMMOND stated  that Mr. Cashen just  described what is                                                               
included in  Section 1,  paragraph (8),  and therefore  it sounds                                                               
like DLWD,  through AWIB, is  already doing what is  in paragraph                                                               
(8).   She asked where  this is  enumerated in other  statute and                                                               
why it needs to be said again in HB 67.                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
MR.  CASHEN  offered his  belief  that  the new  requirements  of                                                               
Perkins V,  the new  state plan, require  that DEED  consult with                                                               
the  Alaska   Workforce  Investment  Board  and   create  further                                                               
alignment between  the Perkins  V plan as  well as  the Workforce                                                               
Innovation  Opportunity  Act  (WIOA)  state  plan.    Nationwide,                                                               
states  are working  to create  more synergies  between the  WIOA                                                               
state plan  and Perkins  V.   Some states,  such as  Montana, are                                                               
submitting  a combined  state plan  that includes  both WIOA  and                                                               
Perkins  V.   Many states  are  trying to  create more  alignment                                                               
between the current technical  education system and postsecondary                                                               
and employment training opportunities.                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR DRUMMOND surmised the missing  piece is the coordination                                                               
with the Department of Education  and Early Development, which it                                                               
still appears has been ongoing.                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
MR.  CASHEN replied  correct.   Responding further,  he said  the                                                               
Workforce  Innovation Opportunity  Act  (WIOA) is  a federal  act                                                               
where the U.S.  Department of Labor provides most  of the federal                                                               
funding  to   the  [Alaska]  Department  of   Labor  &  Workforce                                                               
Development for job training efforts.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
8:49:43 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE TUCK inquired whether  Mr. Cashen's quotes related                                                               
to the Alaska Workforce Investment Board (AWIB) are in statute.                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
[MR. CASHEN nodded in the affirmative.]                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE TUCK  asked which title  in statute is  related to                                                               
the Alaska Workforce Investment Board.                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
MR. CASHEN responded that it is Alaska Statute (AS) 23.15.                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
8:50:21 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE HOPKINS  observed that  the bylaws for  the Alaska                                                               
Workforce Investment Board are in  AS 23.15.550 and that DEED and                                                               
DLWD sit  on AWIB.  He  surmised that the coordination  exists in                                                               
AWIB's quarterly  meetings and that  the monthly  meetings follow                                                               
up with the different breakout committees.                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
MR. CASHEN replied correct.                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE HOPKINS asked whether  those are separate meetings                                                               
from  when the  university  meets to  share  data, programs,  and                                                               
processes with DLWD.                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
MR. CASHEN answered correct.                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  HOPKINS inquired  whether the  data and  analytic                                                               
person at DLWD is also shared with DEED.                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
MS.  RIDDLE replied,  "We meet  every month  ... we  have a  data                                                               
person ... we  have a data sharing agreement  with the University                                                               
of Alaska, and that's how we get our information."                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
8:51:50 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR STORY offered  her appreciation to all  the partners and                                                               
everyone involved in working on  this important part of education                                                               
and  workforce  development  in  Alaska.    She  offered  further                                                               
appreciation for  bringing HB 67  forward, stating it is  good to                                                               
take  a re-look  at  this and  to hear  the  partners before  the                                                               
committee today.                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
8:52:52 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
The meeting was recessed at 8:52 a.m.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
9:33:06 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR STORY called the meeting back  to order.  Present at the                                                               
call back to order were  Representatives Hopkins, Tuck, Drummond,                                                               
and Story.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
9:33:31 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR  STORY drew  attention  to the  4/8/19  letter from  Mr.                                                               
Layer  to  Commissioner Tamika  Ledbetter  of  the Department  of                                                               
Labor  &   Workforce  Development  (DLWD),  which   proposes  two                                                               
amendments to  HB 67.   She  invited Mr.  Layer to  comment about                                                               
these two  proposed amendments.  ["Page  2, Line 10 -  Remove the                                                               
word 'programs'";  and "Page  2, Line 12  - Remove  'providing or                                                               
funding  the programs'  and replace  with  'career and  technical                                                               
education'"].                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
MR.  LAYER pointed  out  that the  rationale  for the  amendments                                                               
regarding use  of the  word "programs" is  stated in  the letter.                                                               
The  university develops  programs and  has  that in  place.   He                                                               
offered  his   appreciation  for   the  commissioner's   and  the                                                               
department's  willingness  to  entertain those  amendments.    He                                                               
emphasized that  the university has a  great working relationship                                                               
with  the  departments regarding  CTE  programs  and the  monthly                                                               
meetings do work  to coordinate and to inform each  of the groups                                                               
about where they are with their programs.                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
9:35:11 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR  STORY  inquired  whether the  two  proposed  amendments                                                               
effectively  deal with  the  issue of  monitoring  and what  that                                                               
might mean in  regulating or guiding what CTE  courses are taught                                                               
in  the state.    She recalled  that in  a  previous meeting  the                                                               
definition  of  "monitoring"  was  discussed  and  requested  Mr.                                                               
Layer's thoughts on that.                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
MR. LAYER responded  that the monitoring is not  addressed in the                                                               
university's comments.   He stated that working  closely with the                                                               
department at  the meetings  and looking at  data and  doing data                                                               
analysis has  been working  very well for  the university.   That                                                               
coordination is the most important of that for the university.                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR STORY recalled  the committee's 4/5/19 hearing  on HB 67                                                               
at  which  Commissioner  Ledbetter   spoke  about  the  need  for                                                               
alignment between jobs  and training to ensure that  the state is                                                               
not training  more people  or less people  than the  state needs.                                                               
She requested  Mr. Layer's  thoughts on how  that might  work and                                                               
whether that would impact university training programs.                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
MR.  LAYER answered  that  that has  been  addressed through  the                                                               
coordination meetings.  In working  with the [Department of Labor                                                               
& Workforce  Development] the university  helps to  coordinate an                                                               
assessment  of  workforce needs  in  the  state and  because  the                                                               
university  is  part  of that  conversation  the  university  can                                                               
quickly develop and expand certain  programs to meet those needs.                                                               
This collaboration  with the workforce reporting  has worked very                                                               
well for the university.                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
9:37:24 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR  STORY requested  that a  representative of  DEED answer                                                               
the same question  about monitoring, what impact  that would have                                                               
on DEED programs, and what that means to the department.                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
MS. RIDDLE offered her understanding that  the intent of HB 67 is                                                               
just to  keep track of  what is going  on and to  help coordinate                                                               
those  efforts.   That definition  of monitoring  works well  for                                                               
DEED  should the  language  need  to be  changed  to reflect  the                                                               
intent of the bill.                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE TUCK  related that he  has looked up  the function                                                               
of the Alaska  Workforce Investment Board and  AWIB's function is                                                               
to  coordinate  and plan.    He  suggested that  "coordinate  and                                                               
monitor"  be  replaced  with "coordinate  and  plan"  because  he                                                               
believes that planning  is what is wanted -- the  ability to plan                                                               
any  type of  career and  technical education  by looking  at the                                                               
Department of Education and Early  Development, the University of                                                               
Alaska, and  other career  and technical  entities.   He recalled                                                               
from the  bill's first hearing  that "monitor" is the  ability to                                                               
audit, and he doesn't believe that that is the intention.                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
9:39:19 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR STORY invited DLWD to make any further comments.                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
MR.  CASHEN stated  his department  doesn't  have any  additional                                                               
testimony and  is open to  some of the recommendations  to modify                                                               
the language  to improve the  comfort level of the  committee and                                                               
university and other entities.                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR DRUMMOND noted  there is likely not enough  time to move                                                               
HB  67 beyond  this committee  this session,  but there  would be                                                               
time next  session.   She said  the committee  has ideas  on what                                                               
needs to  be done in  terms of amending  the bill.   She inquired                                                               
whether it would create problems for DLWD if HB 67 didn't pass.                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
MR. CASHEN  replied he  doesn't believe  so.   He said  DLWD will                                                               
continue working with  DEED, the University of  Alaska, and other                                                               
training  providers statewide  to  promote  career and  technical                                                               
education,  provide efficiencies,  and prepare  Alaskans for  the                                                               
available employment opportunities in the future.                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR DRUMMOND commented  that it is clear  the cooperation is                                                               
ongoing, and she congratulates the department on that.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE HOPKINS stated he thinks  the entire bill would be                                                               
problem solved if  the commissioner of DLWD was  elected as chair                                                               
of AWIB because  AWIB's bylaws state that the board  shall act as                                                               
the  lead  state  planning  and  coordinating  entity  for  state                                                               
workforce investment programs including,  but not limited to, all                                                               
state laws  involving employment training, career,  and technical                                                               
education workforce development.                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
9:42:31 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR STORY said she would  like to hear Representative Tuck's                                                               
proposed amendment so it would be out there to discuss.                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  TUCK  stated  he  is  concerned  about  the  term                                                               
"monitor" because that could mean  getting into people's business                                                               
and he doesn't believe that that  is DLWD's intent.  Further, the                                                               
University of  Alaska is concerned  about the  term as well.   He                                                               
offered his belief that DLWD's intent  is to see what is going on                                                               
and  then make  necessary  adjustments to  ensure that  workforce                                                               
needs are  being met.  Given  that the statutes for  AWIB use the                                                               
terms "planning  and coordinating,"  he suggested  the following:                                                               
on page 2,  line 9, of the bill, replace  the word "monitor" with                                                               
"plan" and after  the word "state" insert "provided";  on page 2,                                                               
line  10, delete  "programs";  and  on page  2,  line 12,  delete                                                               
"providing  or  funding  the programs"  and  insert  "career  and                                                               
technical education."                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE TUCK  posited that his proposed  amending language                                                               
would allow  DLWD to coordinate  and plan future needs  in career                                                               
and technical  education by  looking at  DEED, the  University of                                                               
Alaska, and other entities to see  what is going on in the state.                                                               
With his  proposed amending language,  page 2, lines  9-12, would                                                               
read as follows:  "coordinate  and plan state provided career and                                                               
technical  education  through  a   cooperative  effort  with  the                                                               
Department of Education and Early  Development, the University of                                                               
Alaska,  and  other entities  involved  in  career and  technical                                                               
education."                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
9:44:47 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR STORY stated she welcomes  any comments to the committee                                                               
on  Representative  Tuck's proposed  amendment.    She said  it's                                                               
clear that  career and  technical education  is important  to the                                                               
state.  She thanked the partners for bringing forth the bill.                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
[CO-CHAIR STORY held over HB 67.]                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR STORY passed the gavel to Co-Chair Drummond.                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
9:45:15 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
The committee took a brief at-ease.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
         HB 155-AK PERFORMANCE SCHOLARSHIP; ELIGIBILITY                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
9:45:34 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR  DRUMMOND announced  that  the final  order of  business                                                               
would be HOUSE BILL NO. 155,  "An Act relating to eligibility for                                                               
the Alaska performance scholarship program."                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
9:45:55 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR STORY,  as the sponsor  of HB 155, introduced  the bill.                                                               
She explained that  the goal of the bill is  to give students the                                                               
opportunity  to  take  career technical  education  courses  that                                                               
count toward  eligibility for the Alaska  Performance Scholarship                                                               
(APS).  She  offered her belief that students  who are interested                                                               
in this  field need to  have the opportunities to  take advantage                                                               
of the  Alaska Performance Scholarship.   All too  often students                                                               
who desire  CTE classes do  not have  room in their  schedules to                                                               
simultaneously take individual CTE classes  or follow a CTE track                                                               
while still  meeting APS  eligibility.   This is  especially true                                                               
with  limited course  offerings in  small to  medium schools  and                                                               
scheduling challenges.  The bill  would offer greater flexibility                                                               
for  students as  they  choose courses  and  would recognize  the                                                               
importance  of CTE  in student  preparation for  college, career,                                                               
apprenticeships, and other  postsecondary training opportunities.                                                               
Financial assistance by  APS is vital to many  young Alaskans and                                                               
it is  important that  students who choose  a path  that includes                                                               
CTE have  access to  these resources.   All students  can benefit                                                               
from  CTE.   Whether college  bound or  not, CTE  offers valuable                                                               
skills and a pathway to certification and jobs.                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
9:47:34 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MARY  HAKALA,  Staff,  Representative Andi  Story,  Alaska  State                                                               
Legislature,  reviewed the  provisions  of HB  155  on behalf  of                                                               
Representative Story, sponsor.   She drew attention  to the chart                                                               
in the  committee packet titled "Alaska  Performance Scholarship"                                                               
and noted  that the  proposals in  HB 155  are printed  in green.                                                               
She explained that under the  math and science curriculum, HB 155                                                               
proposes  to offer  one credit  of CTE  under the  social studies                                                               
option.   Under the  social studies  and language  curriculum, HB                                                               
155 proposes to  replace two credits of world  language, which is                                                               
two  years or  four semesters,  with two  credits of  CTE.   This                                                               
would therefore focus  a little more on the  concentrators and it                                                               
would require that one year  be sequentially more rigorous within                                                               
a career cluster.                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
MS. HAKALA brought  attention to a graph in  the committee packet                                                               
provided  by DEED,  which compares  the graduation  rates of  CTE                                                               
concentrators, students  who take three  or more classes  in CTE,                                                               
to non CTE concentrators.  She  said she interprets this chart as                                                               
clearly  indicating  that  CTE  can play  a  role  in  motivating                                                               
students.                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
MS. HAKALA then directed attention  to two pages in the committee                                                               
packet  regarding  the 16  career  clusters.   Lastly,  she  drew                                                               
attention to the document from  [Thunder Mountain High School] in                                                               
Juneau.   She  said career  and technical  education today  looks                                                               
much different  than when  she was  a kid in  high school.   Now,                                                               
there  is a  whole array  of  new 21st  Century career  technical                                                               
education opportunity.                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR  STORY pointed  out that  the opportunities  provided at                                                               
Thunder  Mountain High  School  include  marine biology,  digital                                                               
arts, finance and investing, AP  computer science, human anatomy,                                                               
outdoor biology, woods,  robotics, and work readiness.   She said                                                               
these  are  all  excellent  courses that  she  believes  students                                                               
should be able to get credit for.                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
MS.  HAKALA pointed  out that  the sponsor  does not  yet have  a                                                               
fiscal note  for HB 155,  but it has  been requested and  will be                                                               
forthcoming.                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
9:50:58 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  TUCK thanked  the sponsor  for bringing  forth HB                                                               
155.  He  recounted that during debate of  the Alaska Performance                                                               
Scholarship in  about 2012  or 2013, he  was concerned  about not                                                               
having equal opportunities for rural  Alaskans to be able to have                                                               
the  classes and  ability to  apply  for and  receive the  Alaska                                                               
Performance   Scholarship,  which   could  result   in  a   legal                                                               
challenge.  He related that while  serving on the school board an                                                               
attorney  called him  to  share that  had it  not  been for  shop                                                               
classes,  he  would  never  have  taken  the  other  courses  and                                                               
graduated  from high  school.   Although  this  person never  did                                                               
enter  the trades,  he related  further, this  person went  on to                                                               
higher  education and  become an  attorney and  now those  skills                                                               
developed  in shop  class save  all kinds  of money  because this                                                               
person can do these things himself.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  TUCK  pointed  out  that  these  days  even  shop                                                               
mechanics must  have many computer  skills to be able  to perform                                                               
their  jobs.   He  further  pointed out  that  home economics  is                                                               
science because  it deals with measurements,  chemical reactions,                                                               
diets, and  how diet  affects the  body.   He offered  his belief                                                               
that  it is  the  career and  technical  education components  of                                                               
things  that make  education relevant,  engaging, and  inspiring,                                                               
because people  want to be able  to apply what they  are learning                                                               
immediately to the things that they are doing.                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
9:53:26 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR DRUMMOND held over HB 155.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
9:54:10 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR DRUMMOND announced  that the committee would  take a few                                                               
moments to check in on a few of Alaska's schools.                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
MS.  HAKALA   stated  that  Mr.   Jordan  of  the   Alaska  Staff                                                               
Development  Network  has  assembled  some video  clips  for  the                                                               
committee which focus on the fundamental of kids.                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
9:54:57 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
SAM  JORDAN,  Grants   Administrator,  Alaska  Staff  Development                                                               
Network, stated the clips provide  views from the Lower Kuskokwim                                                               
School  District,  Anchorage  School District,  Southwest  Region                                                               
School  District, and  the  Juneau School  District.   The  video                                                               
clips  included  Native  dancing,   cooking,  dressing  out  wild                                                               
animals,   construction,  ulu   making,  plays,   Native  sports,                                                               
painting/art,   health,   Legos,    house   building,   robotics,                                                               
symphony/music,   health,  language,   drafting,  welding,   art,                                                               
computers, and activities.                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR DRUMMOND remarked that the video is excellent and that                                                                 
kids matter.                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
10:02:17 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
ADJOURNMENT                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
There being no further business before the committee, the House                                                                 
Education Standing Committee meeting was adjourned at 10:02 a.m.                                                                

Document Name Date/Time Subjects
HB 109 S Version.pdf HEDC 5/10/2019 8:00:00 AM
HB 109
HB 109 Fiscal Note.pdf HEDC 5/10/2019 8:00:00 AM
HB 109
HB 109 Sponsor Statement.pdf HEDC 5/10/2019 8:00:00 AM
HB 109
HB67 Additional Documents-Carl Perkins Reauthorization.pdf HEDC 5/10/2019 8:00:00 AM
HB 67
HB0067 Additional Documents-Perkins V_Presentation_2018_09_10.pdf HEDC 5/10/2019 8:00:00 AM
HB 67
2019 04 08 UA Comments SB 65-HB 67.pdf HEDC 5/10/2019 8:00:00 AM
HB 67
SB 65
HB0067-2-2-022019-LWF-Y.PDF HEDC 5/10/2019 8:00:00 AM
HB 67
HB0067-1-2-022019-EED-N.PDF HEDC 5/10/2019 8:00:00 AM
HB 67
HB0067A.PDF HEDC 5/10/2019 8:00:00 AM
HB 67
HB0155A.PDF HEDC 5/10/2019 8:00:00 AM
HB 155
HB 155 Sponsor Statement.pdf HEDC 5/10/2019 8:00:00 AM
HB 155
HB155 Additional Documents-modified APS-Award-Checklist.pdf HEDC 5/10/2019 8:00:00 AM
HB 155
HB155 Additional Document-Alaska CTE Graduation rates.pdf HEDC 5/10/2019 8:00:00 AM
HB 155
HB155 Additional Document-AK Career Clusters.pdf HEDC 5/10/2019 8:00:00 AM
HB 155
HB 155 Additional Document-Career Cluster DEED.PNG HEDC 5/10/2019 8:00:00 AM
HB 155
HB155 Additional Document-TMHS CTE HighlightsFeb2019.pdf HEDC 5/10/2019 8:00:00 AM
HB 155