Legislature(2021 - 2022)DAVIS 106

03/29/2021 08:00 AM EDUCATION

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08:05:21 AM Start
08:06:00 AM Professional Teaching Practices Commission
09:05:34 AM HB25
09:57:11 AM Adjourn
* first hearing in first committee of referral
+ teleconferenced
= bill was previously heard/scheduled
+ Consideration of Governor's Appointees: TELECONFERENCED
- State Board of Education - Jeffrey Erickson &
Keith Hamilton
- Professional Teaching Practices Commission -
Danette Peterson
-- Public Testimony --
*+ HB 25 PUBLIC SCHOOLS: SOCIAL/EMOTIONAL LEARNING TELECONFERENCED
Heard & Held
-- Teleconference Listen Only --
+ Bills Previously Heard/Scheduled TELECONFERENCED
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                    ALASKA STATE LEGISLATURE                                                                                  
               HOUSE EDUCATION STANDING COMMITTEE                                                                             
                         March 29, 2021                                                                                         
                           8:05 a.m.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
                             DRAFT                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
MEMBERS PRESENT                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
Representative Harriet Drummond, Co-Chair                                                                                       
Representative Andi Story, Co-Chair                                                                                             
Representative Tiffany Zulkosky                                                                                                 
Representative Grier Hopkins                                                                                                    
Representative Mike Prax                                                                                                        
Representative Mike Cronk                                                                                                       
Representative Ronald Gillham                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
MEMBERS ABSENT                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
All members present                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
COMMITTEE CALENDAR                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
CONFIRMATION HEARING(S):                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
State Board of Education                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
     Jeffrey Erickson - Unalakleet, Alaska                                                                                      
     Keith Hamilton, PhD - Soldotna, Alaska                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
     - CONFIRMATION(S) ADVANCED                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
Professional Teaching Practices Commission                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
     Danette Peterson - Fairbanks, Alaska                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
     - CONFIRMATION(S) ADVANCED                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
HOUSE BILL NO. 25                                                                                                               
"An Act  relating to the duties  of the state Board  of Education                                                               
and  Early  Development;  relating  to  statewide  standards  for                                                               
instruction in  social-emotional learning;  and providing  for an                                                               
effective date."                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
     - HEARD & HELD                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
PREVIOUS COMMITTEE ACTION                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
BILL: HB  25                                                                                                                  
SHORT TITLE: PUBLIC SCHOOLS: SOCIAL/EMOTIONAL LEARNING                                                                          
SPONSOR(s): REPRESENTATIVE(s) HOPKINS                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
02/18/21       (H)       PREFILE RELEASED 1/8/21                                                                                
02/18/21       (H)       READ THE FIRST TIME - REFERRALS                                                                        
02/18/21       (H)       EDC, STA                                                                                               
03/29/21       (H)       EDC AT 8:00 AM DAVIS 106                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
WITNESS REGISTER                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
JEFFREY ERICKSON, Appointee                                                                                                     
State Board of Education                                                                                                        
Unalakleet, Alaska                                                                                                              
POSITION STATEMENT:  Testified as an appointee to the State                                                                   
Board of Education.                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
KEITH HAMILTON, PhD, Appointee                                                                                                  
State Board of Education                                                                                                        
Soldotna, Alaska                                                                                                                
POSITION STATEMENT:  Testified as an appointee to the State                                                                   
Board of Education.                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
DANETTE PETERSON, Appointee                                                                                                     
Professional Teaching Practices Commission                                                                                      
Fairbanks, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION STATEMENT:  Testified as an appointee to the                                                                         
Professional Teaching Practices Commission.                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
CHRISTINE HUTCHISON                                                                                                             
Kenai, Alaska                                                                                                                   
POSITION STATEMENT:  Testified in support of Dr. Keith Hamilton,                                                              
appointee to the State Board of Education.                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
TANIA CLUCAS, Staff                                                                                                             
Representative Grier Hopkins                                                                                                    
Alaska State Legislature                                                                                                        
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT:  Reviewed the sectional analysis for HB 25                                                                
on behalf of Representative Hopkins, prime sponsor.                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
ACTION NARRATIVE                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
8:05:21 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR  HARRIET DRUMMOND  called the  House Education  Standing                                                             
Committee meeting to  order at 8:05 a.m.   Representatives Story,                                                               
Cronk, Gilham,  Hopkins, Prax, and  Drummond were present  at the                                                               
call   to   order.       Representative   Zulkosky   joined   via                                                               
teleconference as the meeting was in progress.                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
^CONFIRMATION HEARING(S):                                                                                                       
                    CONFIRMATION HEARING(S):                                                                                
^State Board of Education                                                                                                       
                    State Board of Education                                                                                
^Professional Teaching Practices Commission                                                                                     
           Professional Teaching Practices Commission                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
8:06:00 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR  DRUMMOND announced  that  the first  order of  business                                                               
would be confirmation hearings for  appointees to the State Board                                                               
of Education and the Professional Teaching Practices Commission.                                                                
                                                                                                                                
8:06:48 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
JEFFREY  ERICKSON, Appointee,  State Board  of Education,  stated                                                               
that he grew  up in Unalakleet, Alaska, his  parents having moved                                                               
there in  1964.   He followed  in the  footsteps of  his parents,                                                               
both  teachers, and  taught from  1987  to 1997.   After  leaving                                                               
teaching  to care  for  his mother,  he worked  in  a Head  Start                                                               
program  for six  years and  served on  the Bering  Strait School                                                               
District  (BSSD)  Board.     He  later  worked   as  the  student                                                               
activities director for the district  until retiring in 2019.  He                                                               
mentioned that the youngest of  his five sons suffers from severe                                                               
autism and  that he is  familiar with special education,  both at                                                               
the local and  state levels.  He hoped that  his 30-plus years of                                                               
experience  would   help  him  to   serve  on  the   state  board                                                               
effectively.                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
8:08:53 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  HOPKINS  asked  about how  Mr.  Erickson's  other                                                               
experience,  including  his  time   on  the  Bering  Sea  Fishery                                                               
Advisory  Board, Unalakleet  Valley  Electric Cooperative  Board,                                                               
and the Rural  Alaska Community Action Program,  Inc. (RurAL CAP)                                                               
Head  Start, will  help  him to  perform on  the  State Board  of                                                               
Education.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
MR. ERICKSON responded  that his experience taught  him about the                                                               
processes  through  which  government  agencies  work,  including                                                               
budgeting  and legislative  action both  on the  local and  state                                                               
levels.                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
8:10:15 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE STORY asked what  Mr. Erickson hopes to accomplish                                                               
during his time on the board.                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
MR.  ERICKSON  stated  that  his  knowledge  of  the  educational                                                               
challenges rural Alaskans face would  help provide a needed voice                                                               
for  those  in   rural  areas.    He  noted   the  importance  of                                                               
legislation  on  mental  health, early  literacy,  and  emotional                                                               
well-being for those communities.                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  STORY  asked  for Mr.  Erickson's  assessment  on                                                               
rural career  and technical education  (CTE), what  districts are                                                               
offering in that area, and what he would like to see happen.                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MR. ERICKSON replied that he  is excited for proposed legislation                                                               
to help improve CTE apprenticeship  programs.  He stated that the                                                               
last  13-14 years  of  his  career in  the  Bering Strait  School                                                               
District gave  him a firsthand look  at the CTE department.   The                                                               
emerging   technologies,  including   drone   aircraft  and   3-D                                                               
printing,  incorporated  in  the  CTE  programs  have  been  very                                                               
impactful  for rural  communities, he  explained.   He emphasized                                                               
the importance of these programs.                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
8:13:55 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE ZULKOSKY  mentioned that  the commissioner  of the                                                               
State  of Alaska  Department of  Education and  Early Development                                                               
has engaged with  rural Alaskans and Native leaders  on the topic                                                               
of  state tribal  education compact  schools in  education.   She                                                               
asked  Mr. Erickson  about his  familiarity and  position on  the                                                               
issue.                                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
MR.  ERICKSON stated  that, while  BSSD currently  does not  have                                                               
any,  he  supports   well-managed,  culture-based  education  and                                                               
compact schools.                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
8:15:41 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR DRUMMOND  asked Mr. Erickson  who and what he  taught in                                                               
the classroom.                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
MR. ERICKSON  answered that he taught  primarily seventh- through                                                               
twelfth-grade science  and math.   He added  that he  also taught                                                               
junior high English, Alaska studies  and physical education (PE).                                                               
He stated that he also coached for 25 years.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR  DRUMMOND asked  when Mr.  Erickson served  on the  BSSD                                                               
board.                                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
MR. ERICKSON did  not recall the exact date, but  believed it was                                                               
around 2000/2001.   He stated that  he needed to resign  from the                                                               
board in  order to apply  for his  job as the  student activities                                                               
director.                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR DRUMMOND  asked about how  Mr. Erickson's  family colors                                                               
his perspective on education.                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
MR. ERICKSON stated  that raising his five sons,  spaced 18 years                                                               
apart,  gave him  a  look into  many aspects  of  education.   He                                                               
commended  the efforts  of his  sons' teachers,  emphasizing that                                                               
teachers  who  held positions  over  the  long term  excelled  in                                                               
providing the necessary  attention to students.   He continued to                                                               
say that he was very pleased  with rural educators.  He concluded                                                               
that he  aims to retain  and support these educators  through the                                                               
board and the legislature.                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR   DRUMMOND   asked   about   memorable   activities   he                                                               
experienced as a coach and activities director.                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
MR.  ERICKSON brought  up Unalakleet's  appearance  in the  state                                                               
championship  game   for  basketball.     He  also   stated  that                                                               
developing  players and  teams in  volleyball,  the Native  Youth                                                               
Olympics, and basketball are his favorite memories.                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR DRUMMOND  asked Mr.  Erickson how  working on  the front                                                               
lines during a pandemic has shaped the way he works with kids.                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
8:21:15 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MR. ERICKSON  said that  he retired  in 2019 so  he has  not been                                                               
working  with kids  firsthand through  the pandemic.   He  stated                                                               
that  watching from  afar, he  was pleased  with BSSD's  response                                                               
which  allowed their  basketball  team to  compete  in the  state                                                               
tournament.  He also praised  the perseverance of the students in                                                               
adapting to the challenges of the previous year.                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
8:22:25 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  CRONK  expressed  gratitude  for  Mr.  Erickson's                                                               
service  and stated  that  he  believes Mr.  Erickson  will be  a                                                               
strong voice for rural Alaska.                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
8:22:49 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE HOPKINS  noted that many districts  are looking to                                                               
reduce  their  activities  budget  which   is,  in  his  mind,  a                                                               
detriment to the students.   He asked for Mr. Erickson's thoughts                                                               
on the skills  developed through activities and  how Mr. Erickson                                                               
plans to prioritize them on the board.                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
MR. ERICKSON  agreed with Representative Hopkins'  sentiment.  He                                                               
stated that  sports and  activities provide  additional incentive                                                               
to   complete  schoolwork   and  instill   confidence  in   their                                                               
participants.   Cutting  back  support  would create  significant                                                               
problems for communities,  he continued.  He  emphasized that the                                                               
BSSD  board  has  strongly  supported  student  participation  in                                                               
activities, and that  he plans to continue to  support it through                                                               
his work on the state board.                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
8:25:29 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
KEITH HAMILTON, PhD, Appointee, State  Board of Education, gave a                                                               
brief  summary of  his background  as  an Alaska  resident of  20                                                               
years.   He stated that he  has three children, who  all attended                                                               
public  schools.   He said  that he  serves as  president of  the                                                               
Alaska  Christian College  (ACC)  while his  wife  serves as  the                                                               
executive director of New Hope  Counseling Center.  He brought up                                                               
his  41   years  of  educational  experience   in  churches  and,                                                               
currently, an  accredited college.   He added that  ACC primarily                                                               
serves  indigenous students,  who come  in  for one  of the  four                                                               
accredited, two-year  associate degrees offered.   He stated that                                                               
he has  served as vice chair  on the Department of  Education and                                                               
Early Development (DEED) State Board  for five years, as a member                                                               
of the  Alaska Commission on  Postsecondary Education  (ACPE) for                                                               
five years, and  as a member of the Alaska  State Personnel Board                                                               
for  eight  years.    He  stated  that  when  he  was  originally                                                               
appointed, his aim was to  serve as a bridge between kindergarten                                                               
through  twelfth-grade  (K-12)  and the  Alaska  college  system,                                                               
which seemed to be a natural fit  for him.  He touted the efforts                                                               
of DEED  and Commissioner Michael  Johnson in working  toward the                                                               
goals  of Alaska's  Education Challenge.   He  elaborated on  his                                                               
most important  belief in education, which  is addressing truancy                                                               
and trauma.  He said that,  in his experience, "the two Ts" apply                                                               
especially  to students  in  rural  Alaska and  that  he aims  to                                                               
address these issues  statewide as a board member.   He said that                                                               
his Doctorate in Ministry, Youth  and Family Ministry Culture may                                                               
sound strange,  but it has  helped him understand the  variety of                                                               
cultures in  Alaska and how  to best serve  them.  He  stated his                                                               
belief that  he is the  right person  to continue serving  on the                                                               
board.                                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
8:29:28 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  HOPKINS asked  what  the keys  to overcoming  the                                                               
issues of truancy and trauma are.                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
DR. HAMILTON stated  that those are issues  addressed in Alaska's                                                               
Education  Challenge and,  while  they  have received  attention,                                                               
they have  not received  enough, in his  opinion.   He elaborated                                                               
that  truancy is  often related  to factors  in a  student's home                                                               
life including lack  of food, lack of access to  a secure school,                                                               
and abuse  in the home.   He stated  the importance of  a student                                                               
having  a loving  and caring  teacher in  school with  them every                                                               
day.   He added  that statewide  numbers for  trauma are  off the                                                               
charts and  that it remains a  complex issue.  He  emphasized the                                                               
need for more funding in  counseling to help students address the                                                               
trauma in their  lives.  He recalled his experience  in ACC where                                                               
many students would  arrive with a history of  trauma that needed                                                               
to be  addressed through licensed,  professional counselors.   He                                                               
reiterated  that  additional  funding for  counseling  will  help                                                               
students persevere in their education and it remains essential.                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE HOPKINS agreed with Dr. Hamilton's statement.                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
8:32:18 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  STORY stated  that many  people have  the opinion                                                               
that education must focus only  on the essentials which, in their                                                               
mind,  are  reading,  writing,  and   math.  She  asked  for  Dr.                                                               
Hamilton's thoughts on that sentiment.                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
DR. HAMILTON  stated that many  educational issues stem  from the                                                               
trauma in students'  lives.  He reiterated that if  the trauma is                                                               
not addressed, then  students will not succeed  in the classroom,                                                               
no matter  the strength of the  curriculum or the ability  of the                                                               
teachers.                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE STORY asked  how Dr. Hamilton aims  to develop the                                                               
bridge between K-12 and the college system in Alaska.                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
DR. HAMILTON stated that he  helped to develop Alaska's Education                                                               
Challenge, along with  many others.  He focused on  his role as a                                                               
college  educator,  stating  that his  perspective  will  provide                                                               
answers  to  the  questions  that DEED  has  related  to  helping                                                               
students transition  to college.   He added that  his perspective                                                               
is unique and helpful to the board.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
8:35:34 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR  DRUMMOND  stated  that  flat funding  has  forced  many                                                               
school  districts   to  cut  counseling  services   in  favor  of                                                               
retaining teachers.   She added that Dr.  Hamilton has experience                                                               
with overseeing  the governor's proposed  DEED budget.  She asked                                                               
for his  perspective on flat funding,  and if he believes  he has                                                               
enough  input on  funding  as  a member  of  the  State Board  of                                                               
Education.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
DR.  HAMILTON replied  that flat  funding has  had a  detrimental                                                               
effect  on education.    He  stated that  many  other aspects  of                                                               
education are  prioritized over counseling  in a  competition for                                                               
limited  funds.   He  added  that  he  understands but  is  still                                                               
frustrated  over  these choices  and  emphasized  once again  the                                                               
importance  of counseling  in addressing  truancy  and trauma  in                                                               
students.  Regarding  the governor's DEED budget,  he stated that                                                               
the  board  receives,  reviews,  and   votes  on  it  each  year.                                                               
However, he added,  the board has no power to  make changes to it                                                               
with the current process.                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
8:38:40 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE ZULKOSKY  asked Dr.  Hamilton to elaborate  on his                                                               
perspective regarding  the influence of a  student's life outside                                                               
the classroom on their academic success.                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
DR.  HAMILTON  stated  that  students  are  expected  to  have  a                                                               
curriculum  that  meets  their needs,  appropriate  testing,  and                                                               
teachers that care  for them and their needs.   He reiterated the                                                               
importance  of  counselors  in  helping  students  address  their                                                               
issues  and feel  like they  are  wanted and  supported in  their                                                               
education.    He also  brought  up  coaching, and  commended  Mr.                                                               
Erickson in his  work in Unalakleet as a coach  and educator.  He                                                               
added that in his doctoral work  it became clear that it requires                                                               
eight adults, the  "circle of eight," to help guide  a student in                                                               
a moral, honest direction through his/her K-12 education.                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
8:41:37 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
DANETTE  PETERSON,  Appointee,  Professional  Teaching  Practices                                                               
Commission, thanked  Governor Mike  Dunleavy for  the opportunity                                                               
to  serve  on  the  Professional  Teaching  Practices  Commission                                                               
(PTPC).    She  reviewed  her  background  as  a  Teacher  Rights                                                               
committee   member  in   the  Fairbanks   Education  Association,                                                               
advising members  of the association on  professional conduct and                                                               
negotiating  strategies  when  dealing  with  administrators  and                                                               
parents.   She stated that  she sees herself  as a mentor  to new                                                               
student teachers.  She stated that  she also works as a member of                                                               
the  University of  Alaska Fairbanks  (UAF)  School of  Education                                                               
Accreditation Committee,  helping to  improve the  school through                                                               
discussion  of  professional  practices.     She  emphasized  the                                                               
importance of  young educators having  mentorship in  their early                                                               
careers and that  she established a mentorship  program for young                                                               
teachers in  Fairbanks through  a National  Education Association                                                               
(NEA)  early   career  educator   grant.    She   reiterated  the                                                               
importance  of  mentors  reviewing  and  discussing  professional                                                               
practices with educators in their  early careers.  She added that                                                               
she practiced law for 11 years  prior to becoming an educator and                                                               
that  the skills  she developed  in those  years will  serve PTPC                                                               
well.                                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
8:45:32 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE PRAX  asked about  Ms. Peterson's thoughts  on the                                                               
role of PTPC in the education system.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
MS.  PETERSON  stated  that  the  role of  PTPC  is  to  maintain                                                               
professional  integrity among  educators.    She emphasized  that                                                               
educators  must  uphold  high  standards  and  provide  the  best                                                               
education  possible by  monitoring,  supervising, and  regulating                                                               
themselves just as members of  other professions, such as doctors                                                               
and lawyers,  do.  She  added that  in doing so,  tough decisions                                                               
must be  made, and  educators are  in the  best position  to make                                                               
them.  She  stated that she thinks PTPC has  a role in discussing                                                               
policy  and  practices  which  are   changing  rapidly  during  a                                                               
pandemic.   She  expressed hope  in  retaining some  of the  best                                                               
aspects  of education  that resulted  from  the pandemic  through                                                               
discussion  with  educators across  the  states.   She  discussed                                                               
having to  balance time in  the classroom versus  remote learning                                                               
in her time  as a teacher at Hutchison High  School in Fairbanks,                                                               
which is  primarily a CTE school.   She added that  some students                                                               
who  struggled in  person  have  thrived as  a  result of  remote                                                               
learning.   She concluded  by emphasizing the  need to  reach all                                                               
Alaska  students,  ensure  their  success,  and  not  forget  the                                                               
valuable lessons taught by the pandemic.                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
8:49:15 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  STORY noted  Ms. Peterson's  Master's in  Reading                                                               
Education degree  and asked what  components she considers  to be                                                               
important in a reading program.                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
MS.  PETERSON   stated  that  she   is  certified  in   K-12  but                                                               
specializes  in secondary  education, where  she spent  15 years.                                                               
She lamented the fact that  education focuses on reading at grade                                                               
level  in the  K-3 levels  but  neglects to  provide support  for                                                               
struggling  readers  after that.    She  added  that it  is  very                                                               
difficult to flourish  in society without being able  to read and                                                               
that  she  would  like  to   see  programs  in  high  school  for                                                               
struggling readers who are not in special education.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  STORY asked  how  PTPC interacts  with the  State                                                               
Board  of  Education  in determining  which  educational  aspects                                                               
should be emphasized.                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
MS.  PETERSON  stated   that  she  believes  PTPC   can  ask  for                                                               
information  in order  to develop  policy.   She added  that PTPC                                                               
will  see a  variety  of new  cases,  complaints, and  challenges                                                               
coming  forward  as a  result  of  the  pandemic and  new  remote                                                               
learning technology,  and that she  hopes the board will  be able                                                               
to assist PTPC through them.                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR STORY  reiterated the importance of  cooperation between                                                               
boards and committees in education.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
8:54:00 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  HOPKINS asked  how  Ms. Peterson's  roles in  the                                                               
Fairbanks North  Star Borough School  District (FNSBSD),  the UAF                                                               
School of Education,  and PTPC will work together  to prepare new                                                               
educators.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
MS. PETERSON  stated that  they go  together very  nicely, adding                                                               
that  experience  as a  teacher  provides  perspective on  common                                                               
pitfalls and misconceptions for young  educators.  She stated the                                                               
importance  of  being  proactive  in addressing  issues  such  as                                                               
confidentiality  or  hostile  situations through  the  mentorship                                                               
programs.    She  elaborated  on  her  work  with  UAF  Secondary                                                               
Education  Department  Chair Doug  Cost  in  helping improve  his                                                               
department  as they  move  through  their accreditation  program.                                                               
She  reiterated  that her  perspective  on  teacher rights  helps                                                               
identify problem  areas for  young educators  in order  to reduce                                                               
the number of complaints PTPC receives.                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE HOPKINS  thanked Ms. Peterson and  agreed that her                                                               
three positions provide synergy in her work on PTPC.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
8:58:26 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR  DRUMMOND opened  public testimony  on the  confirmation                                                               
hearings  for  governor's  appointees   to  the  State  Board  of                                                               
Education and the Professional Teaching Practices Commission.                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
8:58:38 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHRISTINE HUTCHISON  stated that Dr. Hamilton  provides a worldly                                                               
view that is much needed in  the education system.  She noted the                                                               
success  of his  program at  Alaska Christian  College, including                                                               
the first  Alaska Native woman  to enroll at a  military academy.                                                               
She added  that the  Kenai Peninsula  has benefited  greatly from                                                               
Dr. Hamilton, as will the State Board of Education.                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
9:00:37 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR DRUMMOND, after ascertaining that  there was no one else                                                               
who wished to testify, closed public testimony.                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
9:00:49 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  STORY stated  that the  House Education  Standing                                                               
Committee  had  reviewed  the qualifications  of  the  governor's                                                               
appointees to  the State Board  of Education and  recommends that                                                               
Jeffrey   Erickson   and   Keith  Hamilton   be   forwarded   for                                                               
consideration by  a joint session  of the legislature.   She said                                                               
that  the House  Education Standing  Committee had  also reviewed                                                               
the   qualifications  of   the   governor's   appointee  to   the                                                               
Professional  Teaching Practices  Commission and  recommends that                                                               
Danette  Peterson  be  forwarded  for consideration  by  a  joint                                                               
session of the legislature.  She  said that this does not reflect                                                               
intent  by any  of  the  members to  vote  for  or against  these                                                               
individuals  during  any  further  session for  the  purposes  of                                                               
confirmation.                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
[The confirmations were advanced.]                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
9:01:29 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
The committee took an at-ease from 9:01 a.m. to 9:05 a.m.                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
        HB 25-PUBLIC SCHOOLS: SOCIAL/EMOTIONAL LEARNING                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
9:05:34 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR  DRUMMOND announced  that  the final  order of  business                                                               
would  be HB  25, "An  Act relating  to the  duties of  the state                                                               
Board of  Education and Early Development;  relating to statewide                                                               
standards  for  instruction  in  social-emotional  learning;  and                                                               
providing for an effective date."                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
9:05:48 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE HOPKINS,  as prime  sponsor of HB  25, highlighted                                                               
the  need  for  social-emotional  learning  (SEL)  for  students,                                                               
including  skills such  as coping,  resiliency, cooperation,  and                                                               
empathy.   He  highlighted the  efforts of  the Matanuska-Susitna                                                               
Borough  School   District  (MSBSD)  and  the   Anchorage  School                                                               
District  (ASD) in  developing standards  and programs  for these                                                               
skills.   He  recalled  the testimony  of a  teacher  in a  House                                                               
Education  Standing Committee  meeting  from  the previous  year,                                                               
where she  told the story of  her students trying to  process the                                                               
death of one of their peers from  suicide.  He went on to provide                                                               
other  specific  examples  of   teachers  who  had  helped  their                                                               
students process emotions and return to learning.                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  HOPKINS  stated  that  HB  25  does  not  mandate                                                               
anything for  school districts,  as the  SEL requirements  in the                                                               
bill fall  outside the  core curricula mandated  by the  State of                                                               
Alaska  Department of  Education  and  Early Development  (DEED).                                                               
However,  he  noted,  most  districts  in  the  state  have  some                                                               
semblance  of a  standard  for SEL.   He  noted  that schools  in                                                               
Fairbanks have  received a  grant to  provide counseling  and are                                                               
observing the  results of that  pilot program.  He  noted letters                                                               
of support  from the  Alaska Gateway  School District  (AGSD) and                                                               
Kenai Peninsula  Borough School District (KPBSD),  which spoke to                                                               
the need for SEL standards to be in place statewide.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
9:12:58 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  HOPKINS  acknowledged  concerns from  a  previous                                                               
budget  subcommittee  that the  bill  could  turn into  a  social                                                               
program or result  in the teaching of  religion or anti-religion.                                                               
He stated  that the  bill would  provide a  way for  districts to                                                               
avoid that problem  by seeing standards developed  by experts and                                                               
leaders  in  education  adopted  at   the  state  level.    These                                                               
standards  would provide  the districts  with proper  guidance in                                                               
order to  avoid conflicts.   He brought  attention to  the fiscal                                                               
note, which  supported his position  that the standards  would be                                                               
developed by experts in the field, not at the legislative level.                                                                
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  HOPKINS   addressed  the  question  of   why  the                                                               
proposed bill  should be  passed if  many districts  already have                                                               
standards in  place, stating  that industry  is asking  for these                                                               
skills.    He  listed  the  skills  that  the  Collaborative  for                                                               
Academic, Social,  and Emotional  Learning (CASEL)  standards and                                                               
industry  standards  have in  common,  including:   working  with                                                               
others; honesty  and integrity; pride  and productivity  in work;                                                               
respect  for  others; responsibility;  self-discipline;  manners,                                                               
goal-setting; and problem solving and  managing stress.  He added                                                               
that  educators  also seek  these  skills,  as evidenced  by  the                                                               
testimony  of  Dr. Keith  Hamilton  in  his earlier  confirmation                                                               
hearing.   Furthermore, he  stated, SEL is  the most  desired and                                                               
attended professional  development for educators in  Alaska as it                                                               
allows  teachers to  become better  mentors and  role models  for                                                               
their students.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
He stated  further that  districts also desire  SEL, as  shown by                                                               
the letters of  support from AGSD and KPBSD, as  well as from the                                                               
Association of  Alaska School  Boards (AASB).   He referred  to a                                                               
presentation in a committee meeting  from a previous year by Mark                                                               
Foster,  the former  chief financial  officer  for the  Anchorage                                                               
School District.   In that  presentation, Mr. Foster  pointed out                                                               
that  the  strongest indicator  for  future  success in  students                                                               
after  school was  SEL  skills, he  stated.   He  said that  pre-                                                               
kindergarten (pre-K)  guidelines for  SEL have existed  in Alaska                                                               
since  2008.   However,  he stated,  SEL  is practically  ignored                                                               
after kindergarten.  He reiterated  that SEL is just as important                                                               
for a graduating 18-year-old as it is for a 5-year-old.                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE HOPKINS  reminded the  committee that HB  25 would                                                               
mandate  nothing for  school districts;  it simply  would provide                                                               
guidelines for them to create  their own programs.  The standards                                                               
created  by HB  25 would  allow  districts to  spend their  money                                                               
wisely in  creating these programs,  he stated.  He  recalled the                                                               
earlier  testimony of  Dr.  Keith Hamilton,  who  found that  the                                                               
greatest  issues facing  students were  trauma and  truancy.   He                                                               
said SEL  provides the tools  necessary to face these  issues and                                                               
continue  to  learn  and  develop.     He  recalled  the  earlier                                                               
testimony of Jeffrey Erickson, who  touted the benefits of sports                                                               
and activities in promoting confidence  and leadership, and added                                                               
that  those skills  should be  taught in  school and  at home  as                                                               
well.  He stated that  CASEL implementation involves listening to                                                               
parents to  ensure that lessons  apply to a student's  home life.                                                               
He reiterated that the bill  is essential to student development,                                                               
recalling  public  testimony  at  a  FNSBSD  Board  of  Education                                                               
meeting demanding  that students return  to school due to  a lack                                                               
of social interaction  and progress in SEL.  He  closed by saying                                                               
that parents, districts, educators,  and industry all demand SEL,                                                               
and that is why HB 25 was created.                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
9:21:35 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
TANIA CLUCAS,  Staff, Representative Grier Hopkins,  on behalf of                                                               
Representative  Hopkins, prime  sponsor  of HB  25, reviewed  the                                                               
sectional analysis.   She began  with Section 1, which  amends AS                                                               
14.07.165(a)  to   read:    "The  board   shall  adopt  statewide                                                               
standards  for instruction  in social-emotional  learning".   She                                                               
continued to Section 4, which  would provide an effective date of                                                               
July 1, 2022.  She continued  to read from the fiscal note, which                                                               
showed a  total operating  cost of $71,000  for fiscal  year 2022                                                               
(FY 22).  She explained that  these costs were associated with 20                                                               
educational   staff   members   participating  in   a   year-long                                                               
development  program along  with  the State  Board of  Education.                                                               
The money would provide a stipend  as well as a contract from the                                                               
Department of Education  and Early Development to  a national SEL                                                               
organization  in  order  to  provide  expertise  and  advice  for                                                               
standards adopted by the state.                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
MS. CLUCAS  presented a diagram for  Alaska's Education Challenge                                                               
outlining  standards and  objectives  for Alaska  students.   She                                                               
stated  that SEL  cultivates safety  and well-being  and promotes                                                               
responsible  and reflective  leaders through  self-responsibility                                                               
and self-assessment.   She referenced  the previous  statement of                                                               
Representative  Hopkins  and  the presentation  of  Mark  Foster,                                                               
which both  supported SEL in  order to increase  student success.                                                               
She explained that  these aspects combine to achieve  the goal of                                                               
"an excellent education for every student every day."                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
MS.  CLUCAS  explained  that   the  Collaborative  for  Academic,                                                               
Social, and  Emotional Learning (CASEL)  does not  tell educators                                                               
how to perform  their jobs, but rather  cooperates with families,                                                               
communities,  and educators  to develop  the appropriate  social-                                                               
emotional  framework  for students.    She  emphasized that  this                                                               
approach is  especially important in  Alaska, where the  needs of                                                               
one community may  be very different from those of  another.  She                                                               
stated  that CASEL's  collaborative process  has been  adopted in                                                               
school districts  in Anchorage and  Fairbanks, as well as  in the                                                               
Gateway School District of Tok.   She noted that CASEL represents                                                               
just one  SEL organization,  and the state  will not  mandate the                                                               
use of  one organization  or another, she  said.   She reiterated                                                               
that districts would have the  flexibility to adopt standards and                                                               
programs that are most appropriate for them.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MS. CLUCAS  continued to  a diagram of  the CASEL  SEL framework,                                                               
[found in  a two-page  document in  the committee  packet], which                                                               
highlighted five aspects of SEL:   social awareness, relationship                                                               
skills, responsible  decision-making, self-management,  and self-                                                               
awareness.   She  recalled  her experience  as  a manager,  where                                                               
self-awareness  and self-management  were  critical to  integrity                                                               
and addressing  issues and mistakes  in the workplace.   She also                                                               
recalled her  experience as  a player and  coach in  sports where                                                               
social awareness  helped players identify each  other's strengths                                                               
and weaknesses  in order  to work together.   She  emphasized the                                                               
importance  of  social awareness  in  conflict  resolution.   She                                                               
highlighted  responsible decision-making  and stated  that, given                                                               
her  background in  data, the  objective  of learning  to make  a                                                               
reasoned judgement  after analyzing information, data,  and facts                                                               
represents a core value to her.                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
9:28:33 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MS.  CLUCAS  brought attention  to  [a  14-page document  in  the                                                               
committee  packet  that  shows]   the  MSBSD  standards  for  SEL                                                               
[specific  to  grade levels].    She  directed attention  to  the                                                               
standards for SEL for pre-K  through second-grade [shown on pages                                                               
1-3 of the document] and  explained that these guidelines are not                                                               
an added  burden for teachers,  but rather a complement  to their                                                               
curriculum that  already exists.   She  highlighted a  section on                                                               
student sense  of personal responsibility, where  students accept                                                               
that  there  are positive  and  negative  consequences for  their                                                               
actions.   She  continued  to  the Mat-Su  standards  for SEL  in                                                               
third-  through  fifth-grade  [on  pages 4-6  of  the  document],                                                               
highlighting  the  section  where  students  are  aware  of,  and                                                               
accept, their  responsibilities and can  define what it  means to                                                               
be   responsible  and   identify  things   for  which   they  are                                                               
responsible.                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
9:31:47 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MS. CLUCAS  continued to the  Mat-Su standards for SEL  in sixth-                                                               
through   eighth-grade   [on   pages  7-9   of   the   document],                                                               
highlighting the section  where students build on  their sense of                                                               
personal responsibility  by identifying  the areas of  school and                                                               
life  that are  within their  control.   She added  that students                                                               
also learn to analyze the  short- and long-term outcomes of safe,                                                               
risky,   and  harmful   behaviors,  as   well  as   define  their                                                               
responsibility.   She  explained that  this ties  into a  health-                                                               
related  curriculum, as  per Mat-Su  standards, but  there is  no                                                               
mandate to how other districts may decide to present it.                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
MS. CLUCAS  continued to the  Mat-Su standards for SEL  in ninth-                                                               
through twelfth-grade [on  pages 10-14 of the  document], and she                                                               
talked about  students learning to take  responsibility for their                                                               
own choices.   She explained  that students are able  to describe                                                               
how  taking  responsibility can  lead  to  personal success  and,                                                               
conversely,  how not  taking responsibility  should lead  them to                                                               
reconsider their actions.   She elaborated that  students in this                                                               
stage are  learning how to  be responsible citizens  within their                                                               
community  by  taking   volunteer  or  leadership  opportunities,                                                               
moving into the workforce, or pursuing education.                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
9:34:06 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  HOPKINS interjected  to bring  attention to  [the                                                               
top-right portion of]  page 11 of the document,  and he described                                                               
the standards  listed as follows [original  punctuation provided,                                                               
with some formatting changes]:                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
     Teen Leadership                                                                                                            
     Restorative Circles                                                                                                        
     Lunch reflections                                                                                                          
     Positive Action                                                                                                            
        Kit 1: Life's Big Question: "Who Am I?" Focuses                                                                         
     students on who they are and who they want to become.                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  HOPKINS explained  that these  activities can  be                                                               
implemented throughout the day and during lessons.                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
MS. CLUCAS next directed attention  to a 3-page document included                                                               
in the committee  packet provided by the  Alaska Process Industry                                                               
Career  Consortium  (APICC),  which  is overseen  by  the  Alaska                                                               
Safety  [Alliance]  which  works  with  resource  industries  and                                                               
private sector employers.   She noted the  standards sought after                                                               
by  the  alliance, including  work  attitudes  and values.    She                                                               
recalled her managerial experience  and seeking to hire employees                                                               
with "soft skills"  because technical skills can be  taught.  She                                                               
explained that the  terminology is new, given  that things change                                                               
and grow, but  it still describes Alaskans with  soft skills that                                                               
employers desire,  including reliability, teamwork, and  a desire                                                               
to  learn.   She reiterated  that these  are the  attributes that                                                               
Alaska's most significant career  development consortium seeks in                                                               
potential employees, and schools are responding accordingly.                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
9:36:26 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE HOPKINS  noted the APICC Career  Readiness packet,                                                               
which stated  "These critical skills, values,  and attitudes were                                                               
identified  by  CEOs,  personnel directors,  and  other  employer                                                               
representatives, and  revised by Alaska's Youth:  Ready for Work,                                                               
following  review  by  parents, educators,  students,  and  other                                                               
community members".  He reiterated  that the ideas included in HB
25 come from these entities.                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MS. CLUCAS resumed, reiterating the  need for employees with good                                                               
work  attitudes  and  communication and  problem-solving  skills.                                                               
She added  that potential employees  will also display  good work                                                               
ethic,  attendance, and  dependability.   She referred  to a  [1-                                                               
page] flyer  from the Alaska Staff  Development Network [included                                                               
in the  committee packet], which  offered SEL  and trauma-engaged                                                               
professional development, and stated  that these courses are some                                                               
of the most-requested and attended  courses that they offer.  She                                                               
stated  that  HB 25  does  not  introduce  anything that  is  not                                                               
already happening and simply introduces  standards at the request                                                               
of the education community.                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
MS.  CLUCAS  referenced  a  2-page   document  [included  in  the                                                               
committee   packet],    titled   "Alaska   Council    of   School                                                               
Administrators Joint  Position Statements  for 2021."   She noted                                                               
that the  council requested social, emotional,  and mental health                                                               
above  all other  non-fiscal  priorities.   She  stated that  the                                                               
council recognizes the  need for SEL to be part  of the standards                                                               
and culture of Alaska's schools.                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
MS.  CLUCAS  moved on  to  the  letters  of  support for  HB  25,                                                               
[included  in the  committee packet],  and  highlighted a  letter                                                               
from KPBSD, which she stated  has "legislative priorities" in SEL                                                               
and recognizes students'  need for it.  She  emphasized that AGSD                                                               
Superintendent  Scott  MacManus has  worked  with  her and  other                                                               
staff  on [related  legislation]  in a  previous legislature  and                                                               
stated in his letter of support  that his district uses the CASEL                                                               
5 framework  in its  SEL curriculum.   She touted  the district's                                                               
innovative  approach to  the  needs of  a  diverse community  and                                                               
their recognition of the importance of SEL implementation.                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
MS. CLUCAS  referred to  the letter of  support from  AASB, which                                                               
also supported  SEL as  a legislative priority.   She  noted that                                                               
the association  wrote in the  letter, "The bill is  broad enough                                                               
to  provide districts  the latitude  to localize  SEL to  fit the                                                               
needs of  students, families, and  communities."   She emphasized                                                               
that the  need for SEL  is recognized  by those in  the education                                                               
field across Alaska.   She continued to a letter  of support from                                                               
the  All Alaska  Pediatric  Partnership and  noted  that, of  all                                                               
people, pediatricians would  likely be the ones in  tune with the                                                               
needs  of   children.    She   stated  that,  according   to  the                                                               
partnership, the  framework and skills developed  through SEL are                                                               
essential for children to be  healthy and thrive.  She referenced                                                               
the last letter of support  from the Advisory Board on Alcoholism                                                               
and Drug Abuse and the Alaska  Mental Health Board and noted that                                                               
many students  come from backgrounds  with many challenges.   She                                                               
explained that the  two boards recommend SEL as  an essential way                                                               
to cope and overcome those challenges.                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
9:43:18 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  GILLHAM  asked  what,  given  that  SEL  programs                                                               
already exist, the bill will actually do.                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE HOPKINS responded that  HB 25 would give districts                                                               
the  guidelines  for  going  forward.   He  noted  that  not  all                                                               
districts have these  standards in place, and  those that already                                                               
have  programs in  place would  like specific  standards in  case                                                               
they  would  like  to  change the  programs  or  find  additional                                                               
resources.  He  stated that districts want guidelines  as they do                                                               
not have  all the  answers or  the needed  resources and  time to                                                               
research  them.     He  emphasized  that   standards  would  save                                                               
districts the resources and time in implementing their programs.                                                                
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE GILLHAM  said that he  is confused by  the purpose                                                               
of  the  bill and  asked  why  districts  don't simply  copy  the                                                               
standards in place in the Mat-Su and Anchorage School Districts.                                                                
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE HOPKINS reiterated that  the bill does not mandate                                                               
the standards,  but simply lays  them out for the  districts that                                                               
would  like to  use  them.   He  noted  that  every district  has                                                               
different  needs  and challenges  and  just  copying and  pasting                                                               
program standards across districts will not serve their needs.                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE GILLHAM stated  that he has received  over a dozen                                                               
emails in  opposition to HB 25  and zero emails in  support.  The                                                               
emails  stressed  the  importance of  schools  teaching  reading,                                                               
writing, and math while leaving mental health to families.                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  HOPKINS  noted that  he  has  received emails  in                                                               
opposition to  grants taken on  by the  State of Alaska  Board of                                                               
Education for  mental health professionals  in schools,  but none                                                               
in direct  opposition of the bill.   He emphasized that  the bill                                                               
does not put any new  mental health professionals in schools, but                                                               
rather provides guidelines, in cooperation  with parents, to make                                                               
sure that the needs of the school are met.                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
9:47:04 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  PRAX noted  that soft  skills are  an interesting                                                               
subject and an  aspirational goal.  He stated that  in schools in                                                               
Fairbanks that  he attended  40 years  ago, schools  and teachers                                                               
were working towards  the same goals.  He also  noted that in his                                                               
company, each pump  station formed its own  little community with                                                               
each  crew having  a different  approach  to accomplishing  those                                                               
same  goals.   He stated  that  these goals  are often  addressed                                                               
naturally  but,  in  his  experience,  when  they  are  addressed                                                               
deliberately it  does not  work.   He predicted  that it  will be                                                               
difficult to  codify these  goals at the  state level  and direct                                                               
everybody towards a specific thing  instead of letting it develop                                                               
at the local level.  He stated  that he would have to think about                                                               
whether  these  goals  could  be  properly  regulated  for  local                                                               
communities and businesses.                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  HOPKINS agreed  that HB  25 sets  an aspirational                                                               
goal.  However, he stated, it  does not dictate what must be done                                                               
and   instead  provides   guidelines   for  finding   appropriate                                                               
practices  for  each  district  or  community.    He  noted  that                                                               
training on how to be a  good coworker will not be beneficial for                                                               
somebody  in  his/her  40s  and 50s,  but  starting  early,  from                                                               
kindergarten through  twelfth-grade, will help teach  and develop                                                               
those skills.                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
9:51:27 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  GILLHAM   asked  if  HB  25   lays  out  specific                                                               
guidelines.                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE HOPKINS answered no,  it does not provide specific                                                               
guidelines,   but   would   instead  bring   together   teachers,                                                               
educators,  industry  representatives,  and  medical  experts  in                                                               
order to  figure out what those  standards should look like.   He                                                               
stated that he  does not know what those answers  would be, as he                                                               
has  never  taught  in  the  classroom, and  HB  25  would  bring                                                               
together the people who do.                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  GILLHAM noted  that some  districts already  have                                                               
standards  and introducing  new  specifics would  take away  from                                                               
individuality.                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
9:52:26 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE STORY  asked if the  intent of  HB 25 is  to bring                                                               
together  educators  from  the community  to  help  develop  best                                                               
practice  programs  which  would   then  be  available  to  other                                                               
districts with no program in place.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  HOPKINS   noted  that   there  will   be  invited                                                               
testimony in  a future  hearing from AASB  and other  groups that                                                               
would work to implement the programs  across the state level.  He                                                               
stated that he was unsure  of what their discussions would entail                                                               
but  guessed  that their  approach  would  be to  identify  which                                                               
programs and curricula would be  relevant to the needs of Alaska.                                                               
He reiterated  that the invited  testimony would shed  more light                                                               
on what exactly that will look like.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  STORY  offered  her   understand  that  "this  is                                                               
something  that is  implemented  throughout the  school day"  via                                                               
guidelines rather than specific programs.                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE HOPKINS replied yes.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
9:54:50 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  CRONK asked  whether  standards, if  implemented,                                                               
would be the same standards used in the state grant program.                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  HOPKINS replied  no, the  $9.1 million  specified                                                               
under HB 25  would be for mental health  practitioners in schools                                                               
and would not direct how the money  must be spent.  He stated the                                                               
bill has  more to do  with what needs to  be done and  how staff,                                                               
from  teachers to  principals, can  work collaboratively  to help                                                               
teach the necessary skills.                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
9:55:54 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR DRUMMOND  asked if the  fiscal note  that Representative                                                               
Hopkins referenced is from a previous iteration of HB 25.                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  HOPKINS  stated that  it  is  a new  fiscal  note                                                               
provided in the previous week and  should be included in the bill                                                               
packet.  He  noted that the fiscal note was  $30,000 dollars less                                                               
than the  fiscal note for the  last iteration of the  bill, given                                                               
that the  collaborators would perform their  work remotely rather                                                               
than in person.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
9:56:41 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR DRUMMOND announced that HB 25 was held over.                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
9:57:11 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
ADJOURNMENT                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
There being no further business before the committee, the House                                                                 
Education Standing Committee meeting was adjourned at 9:57 a.m.                                                                 

Document Name Date/Time Subjects
HB 25 CASEL Framework.pdf HEDC 3/29/2021 8:00:00 AM
HB 25
HB 25 Research 2021-ACSA-Joint-Position-Statements-1.pdf HEDC 3/29/2021 8:00:00 AM
HB 25
HB 25 Letters of Support Received as of 3.26.21.pdf HEDC 3/29/2021 8:00:00 AM
HB 25
HB 25 MatSu SD SEL Curriculum Matrix.pdf HEDC 3/29/2021 8:00:00 AM
HB 25
HB 25 Research AK Education Challenge.pdf HEDC 3/29/2021 8:00:00 AM
HB 25
HB 25 Research APICC Career Readiness.pdf HEDC 3/29/2021 8:00:00 AM
HB 25
HB 25 Sectional Analysis version A.pdf HEDC 3/29/2021 8:00:00 AM
HB 25
HB 25 Research SEL Professional Training Flyer.pdf HEDC 3/29/2021 8:00:00 AM
HB 25
HB 25 Sponsor Statement.pdf HEDC 3/29/2021 8:00:00 AM
HB 25
House Education Committee Complete Committee Packet 3.29.2021.pdf HEDC 3/29/2021 8:00:00 AM
Jeffrey Erickson Resume_Redacted.pdf HEDC 3/29/2021 8:00:00 AM
Keith Hamilton Resume_Redacted.pdf HEDC 3/29/2021 8:00:00 AM
Danette Peterson Resume_Redacted.pdf HEDC 3/29/2021 8:00:00 AM
HB 25 Version A.pdf HEDC 3/29/2021 8:00:00 AM
HB 25