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08:03:26 AM Start
08:03:52 AM SB57
08:27:47 AM Confirmation Hearings: Professional Teaching Practices
08:44:54 AM Adjourn
* first hearing in first committee of referral
+ teleconferenced
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+= SB 57 LITERACY, PUPIL TRANSP, TEACHER NOTICES TELECONFERENCED
Moved CSSB 57(EDC) Out of Committee
+ Confirmation Hearing: TELECONFERENCED
Professional Teaching Practices Commission
David DeVaughn, Eric Fry, Martin Laster, Melody
Mann, Frances Roberts
+ Bills Previously Heard/Scheduled TELECONFERENCED
                    ALASKA STATE LEGISLATURE                                                                                  
              SENATE EDUCATION STANDING COMMITTEE                                                                             
                         March 20, 2013                                                                                         
                           8:03 a.m.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
MEMBERS PRESENT                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
Senator Gary Stevens, Chair                                                                                                     
Senator Mike Dunleavy, Vice Chair                                                                                               
Senator Bert Stedman                                                                                                            
Senator Charlie Huggins                                                                                                         
Senator Berta Gardner                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
MEMBERS ABSENT                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
All members present                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
COMMITTEE CALENDAR                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
SENATE BILL NO. 57                                                                                                              
"An Act relating to parental  involvement in education; adjusting                                                               
pupil  transportation funding;  amending  the  time required  for                                                               
employers  to   give  tenured  teachers  notification   of  their                                                               
nonretention; and providing for an effective date."                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
     - MOVED CSSB 57(EDC) OUT OF COMMITTEE                                                                                      
                                                                                                                              
CONFIRMATION HEARINGS                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
     Professional Teaching Practices Commission                                                                             
          David DeVaughn                                                                                                        
          Eric Fry                                                                                                              
          Martin Laster                                                                                                         
          Melody Mann                                                                                                           
          Frances Roberts                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
     - CONFIRMATIONS ADVANCED                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                              
PREVIOUS COMMITTEE ACTION                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
BILL: SB 57                                                                                                                   
SHORT TITLE: LITERACY, PUPIL TRANSP, TEACHER NOTICES                                                                            
SPONSOR(s): SENATOR(s) STEVENS                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
02/15/13       (S)       READ THE FIRST TIME - REFERRALS                                                                        
02/15/13       (S)       EDC, FIN                                                                                               
03/13/13       (S)       EDC AT 8:00 AM BELTZ 105 (TSBldg)                                                                      
03/13/13       (S)       Heard & Held                                                                                           
03/13/13       (S)       MINUTE(EDC)                                                                                            
03/20/13       (S)       EDC AT 8:00 AM BELTZ 105 (TSBldg)                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
WITNESS REGISTER                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
TIM LAMKIN, staff                                                                                                               
Senator Gary Stevens                                                                                                            
Alaska State Legislature                                                                                                        
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT: Described the changes in the proposed CS for                                                              
SB 57, on behalf of the sponsor.                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
SUSAN MCCAULEY, Director                                                                                                        
Teaching and Learning Support                                                                                                   
Department of Education and Early Development                                                                                   
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT: Answered questions related to SB 57.                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
DAVID JONES, Assistant Superintendent                                                                                           
Kenai Peninsula Borough School District                                                                                         
Kenai, Alaska                                                                                                                   
POSITION STATEMENT: Urged the committee to pass the bill.                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
LUKE FULP, Chief Business Official                                                                                              
Mat-Su Borough School District                                                                                                  
Palmer, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT: Expressed support of all components in the                                                                
bill.                                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
PEGGY COWAN, Superintendent                                                                                                     
North Slope Borough School District                                                                                             
Barrow, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT: Testified in support of SB 57.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
JOHN ALCANTRA, Government Relations                                                                                             
NEA Alaska                                                                                                                      
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT: Testified in favor of SB 57.                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
BRUCE JOHNSON, Executive Director                                                                                               
Alaska Council of School Administrators                                                                                         
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT: Testified in support of SB 57.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
ERIC FRY, Public Information                                                                                                    
Office of the Commissioner                                                                                                      
Department of Education and Early Development                                                                                   
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT: Provided information  about his background as                                                             
part of the confirmation process.                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
MARTIN LASTER, Director                                                                                                         
Education Leadership Program                                                                                                    
University of Alaska - Southeast                                                                                                
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT:  Shared information about himself  as part of                                                             
the confirmation process.                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
DAVID DEVAUGHN, Teacher                                                                                                         
North Pole, Alaska                                                                                                              
POSITION STATEMENT: Provided information  about his background as                                                             
part of the confirmation process.                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
MELODY MANN, Teacher                                                                                                            
Colony High School                                                                                                              
Wasilla, Alaska                                                                                                                 
POSITION STATEMENT: Provided information  about her background as                                                             
part of the confirmation process.                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
FRANCES ROBERTS, Teacher                                                                                                        
Homer, Alaska                                                                                                                   
POSITION STATEMENT: Provided information  about her background as                                                             
part of the confirmation process.                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
ACTION NARRATIVE                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
8:03:26 AM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR  GARY   STEVENS  called   the  Senate   Education  Standing                                                             
Committee meeting  to order at 8:03  a.m. Present at the  call to                                                               
order  were Senators  Stedman,  Huggins,  Gardner, Dunleavy,  and                                                               
Chair Stevens.                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
         SB 57-LITERACY, PUPIL TRANSP, TEACHER NOTICES                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
8:03:52 AM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR STEVENS  announced that the  first order of  business would                                                               
be SB 57. He noted it is the second hearing of the bill.                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR DUNLEAVY moved to adopt  CSSB 57, labeled 28-LS0474\N, as                                                               
the working document.                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR STEVENS objected for discussion purposes.                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
TIM  LAMKIN,  staff, Senator  Gary  Stevens,  sponsor of  SB  57,                                                               
described the changes in the new  CS. He explained that the first                                                               
change  is  found on  page  1,  line 7.  At  the  request of  the                                                               
Department of  Education, and in  reflection of the  fiscal note,                                                               
to  avoid  hiring   additional  staff  at  the   state  level  to                                                               
coordinate  data with  local districts  in gathering  information                                                               
about parents  statewide or at a  local level, a change  was made                                                               
that  places that  responsibility on  the school  districts since                                                               
they already  have that data  and parents are more  accustomed to                                                               
receiving information directly from  the districts, as opposed to                                                               
the state. The change only  refers to publishing and distributing                                                               
pamphlets to parents at the local level.                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
MR. LAMKIN  explained that  subsection (b)  on page  2, maintains                                                               
that the state would continue  to have a publicity campaign using                                                               
local  media outlets  to promote  parental  involvement in  early                                                               
literacy  by third  grade. He  related  that Section  2, page  2,                                                               
reflects the Consumer Price Index  (CPI) annual adjustment, based                                                               
on   Anchorage's   inflationary   CPI  index,   regarding   pupil                                                               
transportation. That is consistent  with language that was passed                                                               
unanimously by the Senate last year.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
He said  that Section 3 is  the "pink slip section"  of the bill.                                                               
In  instances  when  school  districts are  not  aware  of  their                                                               
budgetary levels or expectations, they  are obliged, by March 16,                                                               
to issue pick  slips to allow non-tenured faculty  to be notified                                                               
of  a potential  lay off  or non-retention  the following  school                                                               
year. This is an effort to  synchronize the budget process of the                                                               
legislature  with that  date,  rather  than creating  unnecessary                                                               
angst at the district level. He  noted that Section 3 has been on                                                               
the books for some time - since  1949. The March 16 date has been                                                               
maintained for decades.                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
He related  that Section  4 repeals  a law  that was  passed last                                                               
year with regard  to pupil transportation at a fixed  rate of 1.5                                                               
percent. The  average approximate CPI  inflation rate is  about 3                                                               
percent annually.  Section 5 is applicability  language necessary                                                               
for existing contracts as it  relates to the pink slip provision,                                                               
allowing those contracts  to expire before the  changes are made.                                                               
Section 6 applies an effective date of July 2013.                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
8:08:15 AM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR  GARDNER  referred  to  Section 1  and  asked  if  school                                                               
districts  could make  that information  available to  parents by                                                               
sending it home  with their children; it does  not require postal                                                               
distribution.                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
MR. LAMKIN  answered that is  correct. A number of  districts are                                                               
already in compliance;  the bill would ensure  that all districts                                                               
comply.                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR GARDNER asked if there was a fiscal note for Section 2.                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
MR.  LAMKIN  reported  that the  original  fiscal  note  reflects                                                               
personal services of  $97,500, which would be  removed in version                                                               
N of SB 57.                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  STEVENS   asked  the  Department  of   Education  &  Early                                                               
Development  (DEED)  to  address   the  change  of  removing  the                                                               
department  from  the  obligation to  distribute  information  to                                                               
parents, which would require less staffing.                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
8:09:53 AM                                                                                                                    
SUSAN   MCCAULEY,  Director,   Teaching  and   Learning  Support,                                                               
Department   of  Education   and   Early  Development,   answered                                                               
questions related  to SB  57. She said  the previous  fiscal note                                                               
reflected the need  for the department to contact  the parents of                                                               
45,000 students  regarding the  distribution of  material related                                                               
to  early literacy.  The change  in version  N will  result in  a                                                               
change  to   the  fiscal  note.   The  bill  does   maintain  the                                                               
department's responsibility for an annual media campaign.                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR STEVENS  commented it makes  sense for school  districts to                                                               
make contact with parents.                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
MS.  MCCAULEY   agreed.  She  added   that  schools   often  have                                                               
electronic newsletters  and other in-place  communication methods                                                               
with parents.                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
8:11:50 AM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR STEVENS  noted the department  is still  providing handouts                                                               
to school districts.                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
MS.  MCCAULEY   said  the  department's  intent   is  to  provide                                                               
consistent, accurate  information that reflects  current research                                                               
regarding early literacy.                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR STEDMAN voiced concern about  Section 2. He said indexing                                                               
into the  CPI creates formula-driven  issues. He opined  that, in                                                               
light  of  decreasing  revenue,   it  is  important  to  consider                                                               
challenges to  the operating  budget that  are driven  by formula                                                               
issues.                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR STEVENS inquired if Senator  Stedman was comfortable moving                                                               
the bill  on to the Senate  Finance Committee to deal  with those                                                               
issues.                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR STEDMAN replied yes.                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR STEVENS opened public testimony.                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
DAVID  JONES, Assistant  Superintendent, Kenai  Peninsula Borough                                                               
School District, urged the committee to pass the bill.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
LUKE  FULP,  Chief  Business   Official,  Mat-Su  Borough  School                                                               
District, expressed support of all components in the bill.                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
PEGGY   COWAN,  Superintendent,   North   Slope  Borough   School                                                               
District, testified  in support  of SB 57.  She pointed  out that                                                               
many of the issues are  state wide, including providing for pupil                                                               
transportation with state funds.                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
8:16:00 AM                                                                                                                    
JOHN  ALCANTRA, Government  Relations, NEA  Alaska, testified  in                                                               
favor  of SB  57. He  referred to  a letter  of support  from the                                                               
president of NEA - Alaska, Ron  Fuhrer. He voiced concerns on the                                                               
dates  contained  in  the  bill   regarding  teacher  tenure.  He                                                               
suggested May 20 as a compromise date.                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
BRUCE  JOHNSON,  Executive  Director, Alaska  Council  of  School                                                               
Administrators, testified  in support of  SB 57. He  commented on                                                               
non-retention  and lay-offs.  He pointed  out that  districts are                                                               
not going  to wait  until May  15 to  determine whether  they are                                                               
going  to keep  tenured and  non-tenured teachers.  He maintained                                                               
that  Alaska's school  districts will  approach that  issue in  a                                                               
highly  professional  manner and  give  themselves  a cushion  if                                                               
funding  is  unknown. Districts  in  rural  Alaska are  currently                                                               
issuing  contracts in  February in  order to  get their  staffing                                                               
plan in place.                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
8:19:07 AM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR GARDNER asked  if the date of the job  fairs would change                                                               
due to the date of May 15.                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
MR. JOHNSON replied that he did  not think so because the rest of                                                               
the  nation operates  on similar  timelines.  He reiterated  that                                                               
districts  would determine  staffing retention  earlier, allowing                                                               
those non-retained teachers to attend job fairs.                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR GARDNER  asked for Mr.  Johnson's opinion  about amending                                                               
the April 20 date.                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
MR.  JOHNSON   answered  that  the   Alaska  Council   of  School                                                               
Administrators  has not  discussed it.  He added  it is  good for                                                               
management to have as much flexibility as possible.                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
8:20:39 AM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR STEVENS closed public testimony.                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
8:20:50 AM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR GARDNER  moved an amendment  to change the date  to April                                                               
20,  as  a  compromise,  because  it  is  after  the  legislative                                                               
adjournment date  and school districts  should be aware  of their                                                               
funding by then. She said the  change of date would also meet the                                                               
needs of teachers and the districts.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  STEVENS   saw  no  major   problem  with   the  conceptual                                                               
amendment.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR DUNLEAVY said he would not favor the amendment.                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  STEVENS asked  if the  department  has an  opinion on  the                                                               
proposed amendment.                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR  HUGGINS commented  that Mr.  Johnson just  reported that                                                               
district management  could exercise a  date change. It is  to the                                                               
advantage to have  maximum flexibility for both  the employee and                                                               
management.                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR DUNLEAVY understood that  Mr. Alcantra stated that having                                                               
the  date as  close as  possible to  the end  of the  legislative                                                               
session gives  school districts an advantage.  He maintained that                                                               
April  15 is  too early.  He  recommended staying  with the  date                                                               
contained in the bill.                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
8:23:24 AM                                                                                                                    
MS. MCCAULEY said Senator Dunleavy's  comments are similar to Mr.                                                               
Johnson's  and  Mr.  Alcantra's  comments,  rather  than  to  the                                                               
department's.                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR STEVENS declared that there is  no rush on the bill and the                                                               
committee could choose to take more time to consider it.                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR STEDMAN said he was ok with moving the bill.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR GARDNER withdrew her amendment.                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR STEVENS appreciated the testifier's comments.                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR STEVENS removed his objection.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
8:24:32 AM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR DUNLEAVY  moved to report CS  for SB 57, version  N, from                                                               
committee,  with individual  recommendations and  attached fiscal                                                               
note(s).                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR STEVENS  announced that without objection,  CSSB 57(EDC) is                                                               
reported from the Senate Education Standing Committee.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
8:25:12 AM                                                                                                                    
At ease                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
    ^Confirmation Hearings: Professional Teaching Practices                                                                     
                     CONFIRMATION HEARINGS                                                                                  
           Professional Teaching Practices Commission                                                                       
                                                                                                                              
8:27:47 AM                                                                                                                  
CHAIR  STEVENS  announced  that  the  next  business  before  the                                                               
committee would be  the confirmation hearing on  nominees for the                                                               
Professional Teaching Practice Commission.                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
ERIC  FRY,  Public  Information,   Office  of  the  Commissioner,                                                               
Department of  Education and  Early Development  (DEED), provided                                                               
information  about his  background  as part  of the  confirmation                                                               
process.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  STEVENS asked  Mr.  Fry  why he  wanted  to  serve on  the                                                               
Commission.                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
MR.  FRY replied  that  he  is a  parent  with  two children  who                                                               
attended  public  schools, and  he  was  asked  to serve  on  the                                                               
Commission and wanted to do his bit for the department.                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  STEVENS  asked  how  long   Mr.  Fry  has  served  on  the                                                               
Commission.                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
MR. FRY answered three years.                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR STEVENS inquired why he would  like to continue to serve on                                                               
the Commission.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
MR. FRY replied that he is  impressed with the Commission and its                                                               
members  who are  mostly teachers  or  administrators. He  stated                                                               
that he is  also impressed with the  Executive Director, Patricia                                                               
Truman,  who does  a  lot of  outreach,  prevention, and  problem                                                               
resolution. Most of the complaints  have to do with teachers that                                                               
have left their contracts before  they have ended. Districts have                                                               
the option of requesting a  consequence for that. There have been                                                               
hardly any  instances of when  a teacher  has harmed a  child. He                                                               
concluded that  teachers are doing  a very good job  of following                                                               
rules of ethics.                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
8:31:45 AM                                                                                                                  
CHAIR STEVENS asked if the time commitment is fairly minimal.                                                                 
                                                                                                                              
MR. FRY answered that it is.  There are only three short meetings                                                               
a year. He commented that the Commission runs very smoothly.                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MARTIN   LASTER,   Director,    Education   Leadership   Program,                                                               
University  of  Alaska  -  Southeast,  shared  information  about                                                               
himself as part of the confirmation process.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR STEVENS  asked if Mr.  Laster has served on  the Commission                                                               
previously.                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
MR. LASTER answered that he was nominated recently.                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR STEVENS inquired what Mr. Laster brings to the Commission.                                                                
                                                                                                                                
MR.  LASTER replied  that he  brings a  couple of  things to  the                                                               
Commission.  One  is  by  design;  he  qualifies  as  the  Higher                                                               
Education Representative to the Commission.  Also, he said he was                                                               
a  superintendent  in  Alaska  for  about 20  years  and  also  a                                                               
principal and a teacher.                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR STEVENS asked how much  time Mr. Laster anticipates will be                                                               
needed to serve on the committee.                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
MR. LASTER responded that it would  not be a burdensome amount of                                                               
time and  considered it an honor  to serve. He spoke  well of the                                                               
other Commissioners.  He related that  the job  is a way  to give                                                               
back  to  the  state  due  to the  dual  emphasis  of  protecting                                                               
children and teaching professionals.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR STEVENS asked where Mr. Laster has worked.                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
MR. LASTER answered Mat-Su, North Slope, Craig, and Puget Sound.                                                                
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR STEVENS appreciated his service.                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
8:35:27 AM                                                                                                                  
SENATOR  GARDNER asked  about two  publications regarding  extra-                                                               
curricular activities  as predictors of success  and urban versus                                                               
rural success.                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
MR. LASTER  explained he was working  in Denver in the  Bureau of                                                               
Education Research  when the topic  "there are  better predictors                                                               
than grades"  was assigned to  him. He  said he now  includes the                                                               
whole range  of activities as  predictors of success.  The second                                                               
topic  was  his  dissertation  written for  the  Colorado  School                                                               
Boards,  State Board  of Education,  and Department  of Education                                                               
regarding  equity  in gifted  services  between  rural and  urban                                                               
schools. He  found that the  greater the economy, the  greater of                                                               
the ability of  a district to provide  opportunities for advanced                                                               
students.                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR STEVENS  commented that standardized  tests do not  equal a                                                               
good education.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
MR. LASTER agreed. He thanked the committee.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
8:39:51 AM                                                                                                                  
DAVID   DEVAUGHN,  Teacher,   provided   information  about   his                                                               
background as part of the confirmation process.                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  STEVENS  asked  Mr.  DeVaughn  if he  has  served  on  the                                                               
Commission in the past.                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
MR. DEVAUGHN replied that he has not.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR STEVENS asked what Mr. DeVaughn brings to the Commission.                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
MR.  DEVAUGHN spoke  of his  13  years of  teaching and  coaching                                                               
experience.  He  wished  to  continue  with  the  good  work  the                                                               
Commission does.                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR STEVENS thanked him for his work.                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
MR. DEVAUGHN thanked the committee for allowing him to testify.                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
8:41:23 AM                                                                                                                  
MELODY MANN,  Teacher, Colony  High School,  provided information                                                               
about her background as part of the confirmation process.                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  STEVENS asked  if Ms.  Mann has  previously served  on the                                                               
Commission.                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
MS. MANN said no.                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR STEVENS inquired what Ms. Mann brings to the Commission.                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
MS. MANN  stated that she is  a product of Alaska  public schools                                                               
and has  taught for  20 years.  She said she  has also  taught in                                                               
rural Alaska.                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR STEVENS thanked Ms. Mann for testifying.                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
8:42:24 AM                                                                                                                    
FRANCES   ROBERTS,  Teacher,   provided  information   about  her                                                               
background as part of the confirmation process.                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR STEVENS  asked Ms. Roberts  why she  wants to serve  on the                                                               
Commission.                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
MS. ROBERTS  listed her  credentials which  included 19  years of                                                               
teaching,  previous  work  for   the  National  Weather  Service,                                                               
membership  on   the  school  site  council,   a  union  building                                                               
representative, and a member of  the Homer City Council for seven                                                               
years. She said she has always  been interested in being fair and                                                               
equal-minded  towards  people.  She opined  that  the  Commission                                                               
focuses on important issues.                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR STEVENS thanked her for her service.                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR GARDNER asked about Ms.  Roberts' education listings. She                                                               
requested information about the "MSMME" degree.                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
MS. ROBERTS replied  that it means a "Master's  of Science, Math,                                                               
and Education, with an emphasis in Education."                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR STEVENS thanked her for her comments.                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
MS. ROBERTS thanked the committee.                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
8:44:39 AM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR DUNLEAVY moved  to forward the names of  the nominees for                                                               
the Alaska Professional Teaching  Practices Commission to a joint                                                               
session  of  the legislature  for  confirmation.  There being  no                                                               
objection, it was so ordered.                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
8:44:54 AM                                                                                                                    
There being no further business to come before the committee,                                                                   
Chair Stevens adjourned the Senate Education Standing Committee                                                                 
at 8:44 a.m.                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                              

Document Name Date/Time Subjects
03132013_SB57_FiscalNote1.pdf HEDC 4/8/2013 8:00:00 AM
SEDC 3/20/2013 8:00:00 AM
SB 57
03132013_SB57_FiscalNote3.pdf HEDC 4/8/2013 8:00:00 AM
SEDC 3/20/2013 8:00:00 AM
SB 57
03182013_Professional Teaching - DeVaughn #3.pdf SEDC 3/20/2013 8:00:00 AM
Professional Teaching Practices Commission
03182013_Professional Teaching - Laster #3.pdf SEDC 3/20/2013 8:00:00 AM
Professional Teaching Practices Commission
03182013_Professional Teaching - Fry #3.pdf SEDC 3/20/2013 8:00:00 AM
Professional Teaching Practices Commission
03182013_Professional Teaching - Mann #3.pdf SEDC 3/20/2013 8:00:00 AM
Professional Teaching Practices Commission
03182013_Professional Teaching - Roberts #3.pdf SEDC 3/20/2013 8:00:00 AM
Professional Teaching Practices Commission
03132013_SB57_FiscalNote2.pdf SEDC 3/20/2013 8:00:00 AM
SB 57