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* first hearing in first committee of referral
+ teleconferenced
= bill was previously heard/scheduled
+= SB 79 REEMPLOYMENT OF RETIRED TEACHERS & ADMIN TELECONFERENCED
Moved CSSB 79(EDC) Out of Committee
+= SB 89 PARENT RIGHTS: EDUCATION; SCHOOL ABSENCE TELECONFERENCED
Heard & Held
+= SB 37 SEXUAL ABUSE/ASSAULT PREVENTION PROGRAMS TELECONFERENCED
Scheduled but Not Heard
                    ALASKA STATE LEGISLATURE                                                                                  
              SENATE EDUCATION STANDING COMMITTEE                                                                             
                         April 7, 2015                                                                                          
                           3:32 p.m.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
MEMBERS PRESENT                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
Senator Mike Dunleavy, Chair                                                                                                    
Senator Charlie Huggins, Vice Chair                                                                                             
Senator Cathy Giessel                                                                                                           
Senator Gary Stevens                                                                                                            
Senator Berta Gardner                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
MEMBERS ABSENT                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
All members present                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
COMMITTEE CALENDAR                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
SENATE BILL NO. 79                                                                                                              
"An Act relating to reemployment of persons who retire under the                                                                
defined benefit plan of the teachers' retirement system."                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
     - MOVED CSSB 79(EDC) OUT OF COMMITTEE                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
SENATE BILL NO. 89                                                                                                              
"An Act relating to a parent's right to direct the education of                                                                 
a child; and relating to questionnaires administered in                                                                         
schools."                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
     - HEARD & HELD                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
SENATE BILL NO. 37                                                                                                              
"An Act relating to sexual abuse and sexual assault awareness                                                                   
and prevention efforts in public schools."                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
     - SCHEDULED BUT NOT HEARD                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
PREVIOUS COMMITTEE ACTION                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
BILL: SB 79                                                                                                                   
SHORT TITLE: REEMPLOYMENT OF RETIRED TEACHERS & ADMIN                                                                           
SPONSOR(s): SENATOR(s) DUNLEAVY                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
03/18/15       (S)       READ THE FIRST TIME - REFERRALS                                                                        
03/18/15       (S)       EDC, CRA                                                                                               
03/26/15       (S)       EDC AT 3:30 PM BUTROVICH 205                                                                           
03/26/15       (S)       Heard & Held                                                                                           
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BILL: SB 89                                                                                                                   
SHORT TITLE: PARENT RIGHTS: EDUCATION; SCHOOL ABSENCE                                                                           
SPONSOR(s): SENATOR(s) DUNLEAVY                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
03/25/15       (S)       READ THE FIRST TIME - REFERRALS                                                                        
03/25/15       (S)       EDC, STA                                                                                               
03/31/15       (S)       EDC AT 3:30 PM BUTROVICH 205                                                                           
03/31/15       (S)       Scheduled but Not Heard                                                                                
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04/02/15       (S)       Heard & Held                                                                                           
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WITNESS REGISTER                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
SHEILA PETERSON, Staff                                                                                                          
Senator Mike Dunleavy                                                                                                           
Alaska State Legislature                                                                                                        
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT: Explained Amendment 1 to SB 79.                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
JOHN BOUCHER, Deputy Commissioner                                                                                               
Office of the Commissioner                                                                                                      
Department of Administration                                                                                                    
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT: Answered questions related to SB 79.                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
LISA SKILES PARADY, Executive Director                                                                                          
Alaska Council of School Administrators and                                                                                     
Alaska Superintendents Association                                                                                              
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT: Testified in support of SB 79, but against                                                                
Amendment 1.                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
JACK WALSH, Superintendent                                                                                                      
Craig School District                                                                                                           
Craig, Alaska                                                                                                                   
POSITION STATEMENT: Testified in support of SB 79.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
CHRIS REITAN, Superintendent                                                                                                    
Galena City School District                                                                                                     
Galena, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT: Testified in support of SB 79, but against                                                                
Amendment 1.                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
PATRICK MAYER, Superintendent                                                                                                   
Wrangell Public School District                                                                                                 
Wrangell, Alaska                                                                                                                
POSITION STATEMENT: Testified in support of SB 79.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
LINCOLN SAITO, Chief Operating Officer                                                                                          
North Slope Borough School District                                                                                             
Barrow, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT: Testified in support of SB 79.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
BETHANY MARCUM, Staff                                                                                                           
Senator Mike Dunleavy                                                                                                           
Alaska State Legislature                                                                                                        
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT: Explained Amendments 1 and 2 to SB 89.                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
LINCOLN SAITO, Chief Operating Officer                                                                                          
North Slope Borough School District                                                                                             
Barrow, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT: Testified against SB 89.                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
JON WATTS, representing himself                                                                                                 
Fairbanks, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION STATEMENT: Testified in support of SB 89.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
MONICA WATTS, representing herself                                                                                              
Fairbanks, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION STATEMENT: Testified in support of SB 89.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
ALLISON CURRY, Staff                                                                                                            
Planned Parenthood                                                                                                              
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT: Testified in opposition to SB 89.                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
TARYN LUSKDEET, representing herself                                                                                            
North Pole, Alaska                                                                                                              
POSITION STATEMENT: Testified in support of SB 89.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
DR. BARBARA HANEY, representing herself                                                                                         
North Pole, Alaska                                                                                                              
POSITION STATEMENT: Testified in support of SB 89.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
JACK WALSH, Superintendent                                                                                                      
Craig City School District                                                                                                      
Craig, Alaska                                                                                                                   
POSITION STATEMENT: Testified against Amendment 2 in SB 89.                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
ED GRAY, representing himself                                                                                                   
Sitka, Alaska                                                                                                                   
POSITION STATEMENT: Testified in support  of SB 89, including the                                                             
two amendments.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
MIKE COONS, representing himself                                                                                                
Palmer, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT:  Testified in  support of SB  89 and  the two                                                             
amendments.                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
RACHELLE SIEBER, representing herself                                                                                           
Wasilla, Alaska                                                                                                                 
POSITION STATEMENT: Testified in support  of SB 89, including the                                                             
amendments.                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
POISE BOGGS, representing herself                                                                                               
Anchorage, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION STATEMENT: Testified in opposition to SB 89.                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
SACHA PETTITT, Teacher                                                                                                          
Mat-Su Borough School District                                                                                                  
Palmer, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT: Testified in support of SB 89.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
ACTION NARRATIVE                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
3:32:55 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR  MIKE   DUNLEAVY  called  the  Senate   Education  Standing                                                             
Committee meeting  to order at 3:32  p.m. Present at the  call to                                                               
order  were  Senators  Huggins, Giessel,  Gardner,  Stevens,  and                                                               
Chair Dunleavy. He  noted that there were three  bills before the                                                               
committee, all of which have been previously heard.                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
         SB 79-REEMPLOYMENT OF RETIRED TEACHERS & ADMIN                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
3:33:42 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR DUNLEAVY  announced the  consideration of  SB 79.  The bill                                                               
will allow  school districts to  hire retired educators.  He said                                                               
this  is  the third  hearing  and  a committee  substitute  (CS),                                                               
labeled 29-LS0444\E was adopted on 3/31/15.                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR  HUGGINS   moved  to  adopt  Amendment   1,  labeled  29-                                                               
LS0444\E.1:                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
                          AMENDMENT 1                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
     Page 1, following line 13:                                                                                                 
     Insert a new subsection to read:                                                                                           
          "(c) A school district that reemploys a member                                                                        
     under  this section  who is  retired under  the defined                                                                    
     benefit retirement  plan established in  AS 14.25.009 -                                                                    
     14.25.220  is  required  to  make  contributions  under                                                                    
     AS 14.25.070."                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
     Page 3, following line 2:                                                                                                  
     Insert a new bill section to read:                                                                                         
        "* Sec. 5. AS 14.25.070(a) is amended to read:                                                                      
          (a) Each employer shall contribute to the system                                                                      
     every payroll  period an amount calculated  by applying                                                                    
     a  rate of  12.56  percent  to the  total  of all  base                                                                    
     salaries paid by the employer  to active members of the                                                                    
     system and  to members  who are  retired from  the plan                                                                
     and  reemployed   under  AS 14.20.136,   including  any                                                                
     adjustments     to     contributions    required     by                                                                    
     AS 14.25.173(a)."                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
     Renumber the following bill section accordingly.                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
     Page 3, line 6:                                                                                                            
          Delete "and"                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
     Page 3, line 7, following "Act,":                                                                                          
          Insert "and AS 14.25.070(a), as amended by sec. 5                                                                     
     of this Act,"                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR DUNLEAVY objected for discussion.                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
SHEILA  PETERSON,  Staff,  Senator Mike  Dunleavy,  Alaska  State                                                               
Legislature, explained  that Amendment  1 came as  a result  of a                                                               
discussion   between   the   sponsor  and   the   Department   of                                                               
Administration. It  requires school  districts, when they  hire a                                                               
retired educator,  to continue to  pay the 12.56 rate  toward the                                                               
teacher  retirement system,  as  if the  educator  was an  active                                                               
employee. This  will prevent  a drain  on the  Teacher Retirement                                                               
System funds.                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
She noted that Amendment 1 is found in two sections in the bill:                                                                
                                                                                                                                
     Page 1, following line 13:                                                                                                 
     Insert a new subsection to read:                                                                                           
     • Requires a school district that reemploys a retired                                                                      
     educator to contribute to the Teacher Retirement                                                                           
     System at a rate of 12.56 percent of the educator's                                                                        
     salary.                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
     Page 3, following line 2:                                                                                                  
     Insert a new bill section to read:                                                                                         
     • Adds to current statutory language that an employer                                                                      
     shall contribute to the Teacher Retirement System an                                                                       
     amount of 12.56 percent of a retired and re-employed                                                                       
     educator's salary.                                                                                                         
     • The contribution rate is the same as applied to                                                                          
     active members of the system.                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
     Page 3, line 6 and Page 3, line 7:                                                                                         
     • Conforming language                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
3:37:12 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR  DUNLEAVY explained  that the  bill adds  tools for  school                                                               
districts  to expand  a pool  of  educators and  save costs.  The                                                               
discussion was about who pays  into retirement. There was concern                                                               
about the  number of teachers who  might want to retire  and then                                                               
get rehired under a special contract.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
JOHN BOUCHER,  Deputy Commissioner,  Office of  the Commissioner,                                                               
Department of  Administration, answered  questions related  to SB
79. He  explained that the concern  was that when there  is a new                                                               
large  pool of  retired workers  who are  not subject  to regular                                                               
contributions,  the  overall   contributions  to  the  retirement                                                               
system would  go down proportionately.  It would end  up shifting                                                               
costs  to the  state.  He  said having  the  districts pay  12.56                                                               
percent into retirement is a solution.                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
3:39:48 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR STEVENS requested clarification. He  gave an example of a                                                               
person who  retires and goes  back to  teaching and is  no longer                                                               
drawing  more  from  the retirement  system.  He  suggested  that                                                               
having the  district pay  the 12.56  percent into  the retirement                                                               
fund is an additional burden for the district.                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
MR. BOUCHER clarified  that educators who would  have had covered                                                               
wages are being  replaced by educators with  uncovered wages. The                                                               
overall pool of retirement contributions  is diminished and could                                                               
shift costs to the unfunded liability.                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR STEVENS  understood the situation,  but saw it  as unfair                                                               
to districts.                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR GARDNER summarized that there  is no direct impact to the                                                               
employee, nor  department, nor  student, but there  is a  cost to                                                               
the district in  order to help with the  underfunded liability of                                                               
the retirement system.                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
MR.  BOUCHER agreed  and added  that  the districts  save by  not                                                               
having to pay insurance benefits.                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR GARDNER concluded  that it also reduces  the eagerness of                                                               
the district  to look for retirees  that they can rehire,  but it                                                               
keeps open the option of  hiring a qualified, experienced retired                                                               
educator at some savings.                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  DUNLEAVY  added  that  the  savings  is  less  than  12.56                                                               
percent.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
3:43:12 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR HUGGINS  spoke of the  various retirement tiers  that may                                                               
retire soon.                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MR. BOUCHER  said when  you remove  long-time teachers,  there is                                                               
more of an impact on payroll savings.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR HUGGINS  what is true today  is less true every  year due                                                               
to fewer Tier I and Tier II retirees.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
He asked if a retiree  receives any longevity benefits from being                                                               
rehired.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
MR. BOUCHER said no.                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR HUGGINS asked if the  retirement benefits remain the same                                                               
for rehirees.                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
MR. BOUCHER said yes.                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR  HUGGINS mentioned  retirement  incentives  and this  new                                                               
program.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR DUNLEAVY provided  an example of a teacher  who retired and                                                               
then was offered a contract  by Department of Education and Early                                                               
Development (DEED).  There have  been district incentives  in the                                                               
past that  have been offered,  but there are no  incentives under                                                               
SB 79.                                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
3:48:13 PM                                                                                                                    
MR. BOUCHER confirmed that it is not a factor in this bill.                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR DUNLEAVY stated  that the state gets a 12.5  percent cut to                                                               
go along with this plan. It  is much less expensive for districts                                                               
to hire a retiree.                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR  GARDNER  asked  if  the  teacher  continues  to  receive                                                               
retirement benefits  during the  time they  are on  contract. She                                                               
asked  if  it  makes  for  a larger  imbalance  in  the  unfunded                                                               
liability  if they  have  retired sooner  than  planned, had  the                                                               
contract not been an option.                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MR. BOUCHER  said it  would if  that becomes  a trend.  He opined                                                               
that the  12.5 percent  will offset that  situation. He  said you                                                               
are  replacing  wages  with  benefits, with  wages  that  do  not                                                               
receive benefits.                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
3:51:58 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR STEVENS  liked the idea behind  the bill. He did  not see                                                               
the plan as  someone working as a full-time  teacher retiring and                                                               
then working  full time.  He provided  as an  example one  of his                                                               
favorite professors. He  saw the plan as  part-time or short-term                                                               
teaching positions. He  opined that school boards  lose under the                                                               
12.56 percent scenario and the "system"  wins; he did not see the                                                               
equity there.                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  DUNLEAVY  provided an  extreme  example.  He restated  the                                                               
intent  to provide  a tool  that does  work for  the district  to                                                               
provide economic  relief. He  said the  bill is  a result  of his                                                               
experience  with the  mentor project  where experienced  teachers                                                               
give back to education.                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR GARDNER  said that is a  new way of looking  at the bill.                                                               
She thought  it was a  tool to provide teachers  for hard-to-fill                                                               
positions, not a cost savings measure.                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR DUNLEAVY said it is for both.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR GARDNER  asked if the wage  scale would be the  same in a                                                               
rehire contract as it would be in a regular teaching contract.                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR DUNLEAVY  said the mentor program  had a set amount  of pay                                                               
that had no relationship to a district's pay scale.                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
3:57:01 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR GARDNER asked if districts  are taking up 12.5 percent of                                                               
the costs, whether they are coming out even.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR DUNLEAVY provided an example  to show that a district would                                                               
save money  and get  the benefit of  a teacher's  experience, and                                                               
teachers would also  benefit by teaching in a place  they want to                                                               
teach.                                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR GARDNER asked if school  districts would be commenting on                                                               
Amendment  1 to  SB 79.  She  gave an  example of  a teacher  who                                                               
currently teaches,  retires, and continues  to teach in  the same                                                               
district.                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR DUNLEAVY said the bill would not prohibit that.                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR STEVENS  stated if there  was a sound  retirement system,                                                               
Alaska  would not  have this  problem. If  the retirement  system                                                               
would have been well-managed, this bill would not be needed.                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MR. BOUCHER  thought it was  a reasonable statement. He  said the                                                               
department  is  doing  its  best  not  to  add  to  the  unfunded                                                               
liability.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
4:00:29 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR HUGGINS recalled a .49 limitation for rehires.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  DUNLEAVY  explained  that currently,  an  individual  that                                                               
retires can  come back  and work  at a  .49 position  and collect                                                               
retirement benefits. They can work  full time on contract without                                                               
benefits.                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR HUGGINS commented on the advantages proposed in SB 79.                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR DUNLEAVY agreed.                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  DUNLEAVY  removed  his   objection  and  Amendment  1  was                                                               
adopted.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
He opened public testimony.                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
4:02:16 PM                                                                                                                    
LISA SKILES PARADY, Executive Director,  Alaska Council of School                                                               
Administrators and Alaska  Superintendents Association, testified                                                               
in support  of SB 79, but  not Amendment 1. She  commented on the                                                               
staggering  shortage of  teachers and  administrators in  Alaska.                                                               
She maintained that it would be  better to have the bill with the                                                               
amendment than for the bill to not pass at all.                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR  GARDNER asked  whether the  amendment provides  any cost                                                               
savings  to districts.  She also  asked if  there is  any concern                                                               
about  unanticipated  consequences  from people  retiring  early,                                                               
when  they otherwise  wouldn't have,  to take  advantage of  this                                                               
option.                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
MS.   SKILES   PARADY   said  the   concern   for   unanticipated                                                               
consequences was  part of the  discussion with the  Department of                                                               
Administration. It  is educators' perspective that  retirement is                                                               
a  very  serious  decision.  Also,  there  is  a  one-year  break                                                               
requirement before rehiring takes place.                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
Regarding  cost savings,  she noted  that each  district will  be                                                               
different and have  different needs. She termed  the retirees "at                                                               
will employees" that do not take  from, or add to, the retirement                                                               
system. She opined  that the amendment would  reduce cost savings                                                               
to districts.                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
4:08:08 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR STEVENS understood  that the bill is a  tool that appears                                                               
to be a great way for districts to save.                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
JACK WALSH,  Superintendent, Craig School District,  testified in                                                               
support of  SB 79. He  believed that  the bill has  many positive                                                               
benefits,  however, he  suggested that  the bill  would eliminate                                                               
some  of the  savings allowed  for  the .49  employees. The  cost                                                               
savings for  teachers would be  good for districts and  there are                                                               
advantages to hiring  retirees. He spoke of  hiring educators who                                                               
have expertise to fill gaps in the district.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
4:11:54 PM                                                                                                                    
CHRIS  REITAN,  Superintendent,   Galena  City  School  District,                                                               
testified  in support  of SB  79, but  not of  the amendment.  He                                                               
concurred  with the  comments by  Ms. Skiles  Parady. He  said he                                                               
would  like  to see  retired  educators  with Alaskan  experience                                                               
working  in schools  during these  challenged economic  times. He                                                               
said  he would  rather not  see the  amendment, but  approves the                                                               
bill as a whole.                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
4:14:01 PM                                                                                                                    
PATRICK MAYER,  Superintendent, Wrangell Public  School District,                                                               
testified  in  support  of  SB  79. He  concurred  with  the  two                                                               
previous  testifiers  that they  would  rather  have the  amended                                                               
version of  SB 79 than no  bill at all.  He saw the need  for the                                                               
bill due  to the  shortage of teachers  in Alaska,  especially in                                                               
rural Alaska.  He said  hiring from a  pool of  experienced staff                                                               
will be important to his district.  He also saw the incentive for                                                               
the retiree to be able to continue to work.                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR  STEVENS  referred  to  the disadvantages  from  the  .49                                                               
provision  previously mentioned.  He  asked if  Wrangell has  any                                                               
experience with that.                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
MR.  MAYER said  there  was  only one  instance  of  that in  his                                                               
district. He said  he wants to encourage new teachers  to come to                                                               
Wrangell.  He didn't  see it  as being  a huge  deterrent, noting                                                               
it's a case by case situation.                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
4:18:07 PM                                                                                                                    
LINCOLN  SAITO,  Chief  Operating Officer,  North  Slope  Borough                                                               
School District, testified in support of  SB 79. He said the bill                                                               
is less attractive with the  amendment, but still attractive. Not                                                               
having  to  pay  health  insurance would  save  the  district  25                                                               
percent of a person's salary. He  said they want a larger pool to                                                               
select from because  they are having trouble  filling 9 positions                                                               
after  going to  5  job  fairs. He  stressed  the  need for  good                                                               
teachers for their students.                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR DUNLEAVY closed public testimony.                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
He noted  a fiscal  note is  forthcoming. He  wished to  move the                                                               
bill.                                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR  HUGGINS commented  that the  bill has  more merits  than                                                               
negatives and will provide a pool of educators for Alaska.                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
4:21:59 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR HUGGINS  moved to report CS  for SB 79, as  amended, from                                                               
committee  with  individual  recommendations  and  a  forthcoming                                                               
fiscal note.                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR DUNLEAVY announced that without  objection, CSSB 79(EDC) is                                                               
reported from the Senate Education Standing Committee.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
4:22:18 PM                                                                                                                    
At ease                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
         SB 89-PARENT RIGHTS: EDUCATION; SCHOOL ABSENCE                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
4:25:34 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR DUNLEAVY announced the consideration of committee                                                                         
substitute for SB 89, version 29-LS0735\P, noting that it was                                                                   
adopted on 4/2/15.                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR HUGGINS moved to adopt Amendment 1, labeled 29-                                                                         
LS0735\P.1:                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
                          AMENDMENT 1                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
     Page 1, line 9, following "(1)":                                                                                           
          Insert "recognizing the authority of and"                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
     Page 1, line 11, following "(2)":                                                                                          
          Insert "recognizing the authority of and"                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
     Page 1, line 12:                                                                                                           
          Delete "performance standard,"                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
     Page 2, line 4:                                                                                                            
          Delete "one month"                                                                                                    
          Insert "six weeks"                                                                                                    
          Delete "performance standard,"                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
     Page 2, line 7:                                                                                                            
          Delete "performance standard,"                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
     Page 2, line 8, following "(4)":                                                                                           
          Insert "recognizing the authority of and"                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
     Page 2, line 9:                                                                                                            
          Delete "performance standard,"                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
     Page 2, line 15:                                                                                                           
          Delete "performance standard,"                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
     Page 2, line 20:                                                                                                           
          Delete "performance standards,"                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
     Page 2, line 22:                                                                                                           
          Delete "performance standard,"                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
     Page 2, line 25, following "each":                                                                                         
          Insert "separate"                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
     Page 2, line 25:                                                                                                           
          Delete "performance standard,"                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR DUNLEAVY objected for discussion purposes.                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
BETHANY MARCUM, Staff, Senator Mike Dunleavy, Alaska State                                                                      
Legislature, read the explanation for Amendment 1:                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
     Replace "allowing" with "recognizing the authority of                                                                      
     and allowing" on lines 9 and 11 of page 1, and line 8                                                                      
     of page 2 to reinforce that parental rights are                                                                            
     inherent.                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
     Remove the phrase "performance standard" in 8 places                                                                       
     and keep it in 1 place to clarify awkward syntax.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
     Replace "one month" with "six weeks" on line 4 of page                                                                     
     2 to give school districts a more flexible duration of                                                                     
     time for collecting permission from parents.                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
     Add the word "separate" on line 25 of page 2 for                                                                           
     clarity.                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
4:28:26 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR DUNLEAVY asked if anyone had any questions.                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
4:28:46 PM                                                                                                                    
At ease                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
4:30:10 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR DUNLEAVY reconvened the meeting.                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
MS. MARCUM noted that the word "allowing" is the only major                                                                     
change in the bill.                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR DUNLEAVY removed his objection and Amendment 1 was                                                                        
adopted.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
4:31:21 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR HUGGINS moved to adopt Amendment 2, labeled 29-                                                                         
LS0735\P.2:                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
                          AMENDMENT 2                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
     Page 1, line 1:                                                                                                            
          Delete "and"                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
     Page 1, line 2, following "school":                                                                                      
          Insert "; prohibiting a school district from                                                                        
     contracting  with an  abortion  services provider;  and                                                                  
     prohibiting   a  school   district  from   allowing  an                                                                  
     abortion services provider  to furnish course materials                                                                  
     or   provide   instruction  concerning   sexuality   or                                                                  
     sexually transmitted diseases"                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
     Page 3, following line 1:                                                                                                  
     Insert a new bill section to read:                                                                                         
        "* Sec. 2.  AS 14.03.083 is amended by  adding a new                                                                
     subsection to read:                                                                                                        
          (e) A school district and an educational services                                                                     
     organization  that   has  a  contract  with   a  school                                                                    
     district  may not  contract with  an abortion  services                                                                    
     provider."                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
     Renumber the following bill section accordingly.                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
     Page 2, following line 16:                                                                                                 
     Insert a new bill section to read:                                                                                         
        "* Sec. 5.  AS 14.30.360 is amended by  adding a new                                                                
     subsection to read:                                                                                                        
          (c) A school district may not permit an abortion                                                                      
     services  provider or  an employee  or volunteer  of an                                                                    
     abortion services  provider to offer,  sponsor, furnish                                                                    
     course  materials, or  provide instruction  relating to                                                                    
     human sexuality or sexually transmitted diseases."                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR DUNLEAVY objected.                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
BETHANY MARCUM explained that Amendment 2:                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
     Would prevent abortion service providers from                                                                              
     contracting with school districts and educational                                                                          
     service organizations.                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
     Would prohibit abortion service providers from                                                                             
     supplying materials to school districts on human                                                                           
     sexuality and sexually transmitted diseases.                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
     Abortion services providers would not be permitted to                                                                      
     provide instruction on sexually transmitted diseases                                                                       
     and sexuality to school districts.                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
4:32:30 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR GARDNER asked  if would make more sense to  tell a school                                                               
district what  issues they are  allowed to address so  they don't                                                               
authorize materials  that contravene those issues.  She suggested                                                               
that a religious organization might  provide materials that might                                                               
be  objectionable,  in  principle,   under  this  amendment.  She                                                               
emphasized that the  issue is not who provides  the materials, it                                                               
is  the   material  being  provided.   She  concluded   that  the                                                               
underlying  interest  is in  having  control  over what  kind  of                                                               
materials and information are provided.                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
She asked if that is correct.                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR   DUNLEAVY  said   yes,  but   also  not   having  industry                                                               
representatives in the school.                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR GARDNER asked if the objection  is to the industry or the                                                               
materials.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  DUNLEAVY said  the  objection  is to  the  message in  the                                                               
school  for a  captive audience.  He said  parents believe  their                                                               
kids are  going to  school to  learn the Three  R's. He  wants to                                                               
have  discussions  regarding  certain  topics  at  home,  not  in                                                               
school. He  opined that  school is not  an appropriate  venue for                                                               
this topic or industry.                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR  GARDNER  asked   what  happens  if  it   were  a  condom                                                               
manufacturer  or birth  control pharmaceutical  company providing                                                               
information about sexuality or sexually transmitted diseases.                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR DUNLEAVY said it is a good question.                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
4:35:30 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR GIESSEL  said they are  talking about an  industry coming                                                               
into  schools to  market a  product  to a  captive audience.  She                                                               
thought the same philosophy would apply to other companies.                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR DUNLEAVY  said the topic  is not  shared by all  parents of                                                               
the captive audience.                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR GARDNER maintained that it  is not about the marketing of                                                               
the  product, which  is  not  addressed by  the  language in  the                                                               
amendment,  it  is about  the  provider.  She opined,  given  the                                                               
strong  language about  options for  parents to  withdraw or  not                                                               
have   children  participate   in   any  instruction   concerning                                                               
sexuality or sexually transmitted  disease, and parents' right to                                                               
review the materials  beforehand, this language is  not needed. A                                                               
parent who has concerns can opt out.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
She  stated  that  the  amendment clearly  is  targeted  for  one                                                               
particular  organization.  If  you object  to  the  organization,                                                               
that's one  thing, but a  bunch of different  organizations might                                                               
provide  objectionable  material  for   any  number  of  reasons.                                                               
Parents already have every opportunity  to know what is happening                                                               
and when  it is happening  and can  choose to not  provide active                                                               
consent.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
4:37:53 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR GIESSEL  referred to page  1, line 2, where  it discusses                                                               
contracting  with a  provider who  provides  medical service  and                                                               
promoting  the medical  services  to minors.  That would  require                                                               
parental  consent. She  concluded  that  medical intervention  is                                                               
being discussed.                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR DUNLEAVY added,  in some ways, we don't know  what is being                                                               
discussed. He said  that he and others feel that  schools are not                                                               
an appropriate place for this  industry's marketing. Kids need to                                                               
learn  content  in  schools.  There  is not  enough  time  to  do                                                               
everything and some things should not be happening in schools.                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
4:40:19 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR  GARDNER   suggested  saying  schools  may   not  provide                                                               
materials   or   instruction   about   sexuality   and   sexually                                                               
transmitted diseases at all.                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  DUNLEAVY   asked  if  Senator   Gardner  is   offering  an                                                               
amendment.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR GARDNER  said no.  She opined that  there are  times when                                                               
that information  should be available  to students, such  as from                                                               
school  nurses. There  is an  appropriate time  to discuss  those                                                               
issues.  She  emphasized  that  the  subtext  of  what  has  been                                                               
proposed is  that those topics do  not belong in schools  and the                                                               
focus should be on reading, writing, and arithmetic.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR HUGGINS spoke of schools  needing written permission from                                                               
parents for school nurses to  dispense aspirin. He submitted that                                                               
school staff should  not act as medical  practitioners. This bill                                                               
reinforces that.                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR  GIESSEL  stated  that  there is  a  distinct  difference                                                               
between an educator in the  school and an individual from outside                                                               
the  school who  works for  a  company or  industry and  promotes                                                               
their business  and industry. The  bill attempts to  address that                                                               
in science  class a  teacher in presents  unbiased facts  and the                                                               
school  would inform  parents of  controversial issues  and there                                                               
would be a consent procedure.                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
4:44:01 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR GARDNER stated that Amendment  2 is about keeping Planned                                                               
Parenthood out of  schools. She argued, "If you  want students to                                                               
not  be  provided information  on  materials  about sexuality  or                                                               
about  sexually transmitted  diseases in  schools, then  just say                                                               
that. If  you want  the material  to comply  to the  unbiased and                                                               
approved, say  that. If  you want  parents to  know about  it and                                                               
give written permission for it,  the bill already does that, with                                                               
or without this amendment." She stated  that she does not see any                                                               
point to the amendment.                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR DUNLEAVY said it was a good discussion.                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR  HUGGINS  suggested  there  should  be  a  separation  of                                                               
Planned Parenthood and school.                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR GARDNER said that is  a different discussion. If the goal                                                               
is  to  prevent  outsiders,  or  un-vetted  material,  or  biased                                                               
material,  many  organizations  could be  listed  without  really                                                               
capturing what  you want. What you  want is that the  material is                                                               
approved,  not unbiased,  and  provided  by qualified,  competent                                                               
people, she said.                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  DUNLEAVY said  it was  a good  discussion. He  removed his                                                               
objection to Amendment 2.                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR GARDNER objected.                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
A roll call  vote was taken. Senators  Stevens, Huggins, Giessel,                                                               
and Dunleavy  voted in favor  of adopting  Amendment 2 to  SB 89,                                                               
and Senator Gardner voted against  it. Therefore, Amendment 2 was                                                               
adopted by a 4 to 1 vote.                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR DUNLEAVY opened public testimony.                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
4:47:28 PM                                                                                                                    
LINCOLN  SAITO,  Chief  Operating Officer,  North  Slope  Borough                                                               
School District, testified  against SB 89. He  said it encroaches                                                               
on  the local  school board's  rights. People  from the  Regional                                                               
Corporation and non-profit corporations  are welcome to come into                                                               
the  schools  to speak  to  students  and do  demonstrations  and                                                               
surveys. It is  the local school district's right  to control who                                                               
goes  into  schools.  He  also   objected  to  requiring  written                                                               
permission for surveys.                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
4:49:37 PM                                                                                                                    
At ease                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
4:49:56 PM                                                                                                                    
JON WATTS, representing  himself, testified in support  of SB 89.                                                               
He said  he is a  member of a  group called Alaskans  Against the                                                               
Common  Core.  He   spoke  of  privacy  rights   of  parents  and                                                               
opposition  to the  sharing  of data  by  districts with  outside                                                               
organizations.                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
4:52:27 PM                                                                                                                    
MONICA WATTS,  representing herself,  testified in support  of SB
89. She  voiced concern about  Department of Education  and Early                                                               
Development  (DEED) restrictions  on  parents  to make  decisions                                                               
concerning their children.                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
4:53:36 PM                                                                                                                    
ALLISON   CURRY,   Staff,   Planned  Parenthood,   testified   in                                                               
opposition  to SB  89. She  said, as  a reproductive  health care                                                               
provider and  a sexual health  educator, Planned  Parenthood sees                                                               
the devastating effects of sexual  abuse and sexually transmitted                                                               
infections  every  day.  While  the  bill  appears  to  be  about                                                               
parental  rights, it  does have  dangerous consequences  that put                                                               
the health  and future  of youth at  risk, especially  youth with                                                               
absent  or  disengaged  parents. Parental  involvement  in  their                                                               
children's  education  is  vital  and it  should  be  encouraged.                                                               
However, Alaska has  a child sexual abuse rate that  is six times                                                               
higher than the  national average. Alaska also  continues to lead                                                               
the nation with the highest  sexually transmitted infection (STI)                                                               
rates. Teens are at the highest  rates for infection. In 2013, 63                                                               
percent of new cases of chlamydia were in 15 to 19 year-olds.                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
MS.  CURRY said  we should  be  working together  to ensure  that                                                               
Alaska youth has the resources  and information they need to lead                                                               
healthy  and productive  lives. She  opined that  SB 89  does the                                                               
opposite  of that.  The  bill  would affect  access  not only  to                                                               
sexual health education, but also  extends to education on sexual                                                               
assault and awareness like in Erin's Law.                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
She  said that  Planned Parenthood  does work  closely with  some                                                               
schools,  community  organizations,   and  other  social  service                                                               
agencies  in   Alaska  to  provide   a  variety   of  educational                                                               
opportunities  that are  tailored  for  each community.  Subjects                                                               
that   Planned  Parenthood   teaches   are  prevention,   healthy                                                               
relationships,  consent,  values  and   boundaries,  as  well  as                                                               
pregnancy prevention. By targeting providers  of a safe and legal                                                               
service,  who  are  also qualified  providers  of  sexual  health                                                               
education,  this bill  is cutting  Alaska students  off from  the                                                               
education and information  they need to make  smart choices about                                                               
their  health.  Comprehensive   sex  education  has  consistently                                                               
proven to delay  the onset of sexual activity and  lower rates of                                                               
STI's, as well as lower  teen pregnancy rates. She concluded that                                                               
we cannot afford  to limit access to the tools  that kids need to                                                               
make healthy  choices. She  asked the  committee to  consider the                                                               
health  and safety  of  all Alaskan  youth and  pull  SB 89  from                                                               
consideration.                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR GARDNER  asked about chlamydia  and teen  pregnancy rates                                                               
in Alaska.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
MS.  CURRY  said  Alaska  has  twice  the  national  average  for                                                               
chlamydia rates,  and higher rates  than that in some  areas. She                                                               
said  she  would have  to  follow  up  with teen  pregnancy  rate                                                               
information.                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  DUNLEAVY asked  how long  Planned Parenthood  has been  in                                                               
Alaska.                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
MS. CURRY  replied that it  has been  in Juneau since  June 2009,                                                               
but she did not know how long it has been in the state.                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR  GARDNER  asked  what   the  consequences  of  untreated,                                                               
undiagnosed chlamydia are.                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
MS. CURRY said  infertility is the direst  impact. Chronic pelvic                                                               
pain is another. She noted  that chlamydia is asymptomatic, which                                                               
is an issue.                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
4:58:23 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR  GIESSEL  said   despite  Planned  Parenthood's  efforts,                                                               
chlamydia is rising. She said  she has seen the undercover videos                                                               
of Planned  Parenthood, which document inappropriate  advice. She                                                               
asked if it was an issue for Planned Parenthood Northwest.                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
MS. CURRY asked for an example of the evidence.                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR GIESSEL said  there were many examples,  such as underage                                                               
females  being  told  not  to disclose  their  age  and  abortion                                                               
advice.                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
MS. CURRY  said Planned Parenthood  has a strict  requirement for                                                               
reporting  sexual  abuse  of  underage girls  and  no  one  would                                                               
instruct a  young girl to keep  that to herself. She  pointed out                                                               
that Planned  Parenthood is not  at liberty to  promote abortion.                                                               
The health  care staff provides  all pregnancy options and  it is                                                               
up to  the patient to  make that  decision. They abide  by Alaska                                                               
state law regarding minors and notify  parents if a minor were to                                                               
request abortion services.                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
5:01:25 PM                                                                                                                    
TARYN LUSKDEET, representing herself,  testified in support of SB
89. She said she is a part of  the IDEA Action Group and a member                                                               
of Alaskans Against the Common Core.  She said she helped work on                                                               
a  version  of the  bill,  which  would affirm  parents'  natural                                                               
rights. She  did not think  it was  intended, but one  version of                                                               
the  bill puts  parameters  on parents'  rights. Parental  rights                                                               
trump local school  boards' rights. She suggested  changes to the                                                               
bill,  such  as Department  of  Education  and Early  Development                                                               
(DEED) shall  recognize the natural  rights of parents  to direct                                                               
the education of their children.                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
5:06:02 PM                                                                                                                    
DR. BARBARA HANEY, representing  herself, testified in support of                                                               
SB 89.  She spoke strongly  of parents' rights. She  testified in                                                               
favor of  the amendments. She spoke  of a case in  Oregon related                                                               
to Planned  Parenthood where  a teacher was  fired. She  said the                                                               
Planned Parenthood curriculum ties to the Common Core standards.                                                                
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR GARDNER  asked how the  national sexuality  standards are                                                               
tied to  Common Core. She  understood that Common  Core standards                                                               
deal with language arts and math only.                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
DR.  HANEY said  that embedded  in those  standards is  something                                                               
called "informational  text." Planned  Parenthood put  together a                                                               
reading curriculum that is tied  to the informational text in the                                                               
school  district and  they tie  into  the Common  Core. She  said                                                               
other providers use  informational text that are  keyed to Alaska                                                               
standards through the Common Core standards.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR GARDNER  suggested that those  materials have more  to do                                                               
with curriculum, but not standards.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
DR. HANEY spoke of the Medicaid expansion curriculum.                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
5:12:51 PM                                                                                                                    
JACK   WALSH,  Superintendent,   Craig   City  School   District,                                                               
testified against Amendment 2. He  was hoping the providers would                                                               
be defined  so that the  helpers who  come into the  school would                                                               
not be  banned. He  said he  does not  wish to  eliminate skilled                                                               
providers from talking to kids about important issues.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR GARDNER asked  Mr. Walsh and other  school districts what                                                               
the impact of  all the provisions in the bill  would be; the cost                                                               
of providing  notice and tracking permission  slips, the validity                                                               
of  test results,  particularly  when they  are  used to  measure                                                               
student progress  and to  evaluate teachers.  She asked  if there                                                               
were  concerns  about  distorted   data  if  parents  pull  their                                                               
children out of  testing and about the overall  impact on student                                                               
education and cost.                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
MR. WALSH  said the Craig  district is  unique in that  it serves                                                               
300  in   Craig  and   300  students  across   the  state   in  a                                                               
correspondence  program.   If  too   many  parents  opt   out  on                                                               
assessments or surveys,  the district doesn't get  a good picture                                                               
of the school's climate or  connectedness as a small district. He                                                               
added that mailing costs would be significant.                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
5:17:11 PM                                                                                                                    
ED GRAY,  representing himself,  testified in  support of  SB 89,                                                               
including the two  amendments. He shared his  experience with the                                                               
abortion  industry.   He  said   they  have  students   make  bad                                                               
decisions.  He   asked  the  legislature  to   help  protect  his                                                               
children.                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
5:20:52 PM                                                                                                                    
MIKE COONS, representing  himself, testified in support  of SB 89                                                               
and the  two amendments.  He spoke in  favor of  parental control                                                               
regarding  education.  He  spoke   against  a  variety  of  other                                                               
subjects taught.                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
5:23:56 PM                                                                                                                    
RACHELLE SIEBER,  representing herself,  testified in  support of                                                               
SB 89, including  the amendments. She spoke in  favor of parental                                                               
rights  and  against  Planned  Parenthood.  She  recommended  the                                                               
undercover program called Live Action.                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
5:25:35 PM                                                                                                                    
POISE BOGGS, representing herself,  testified in opposition to SB
89.  She  questioned the  wording  in  Section 1  regarding  test                                                               
assessments.  She  question  whether   Section  1  would  require                                                               
teachers to  show parents the  content of the tests,  which isn't                                                               
allowed.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  DUNLEAVY said  the intent  is  not to  have anyone  breech                                                               
protocols or test security.                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
MS. BOGGS asked where the intent is.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
MS. MARCUM said  Legislative Legal chose the  language because it                                                               
is consistent with tests that are not measured by teachers.                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
5:29:07 PM                                                                                                                    
SACHA   PETTITT,  Teacher,   Mat-Su   Borough  School   District,                                                               
testified in support of SB 89.  She suggested a correction to the                                                               
language to allow  parents' natural rights. She  pointed out that                                                               
parents'  opting out  indicates  a  need for  a  revision in  the                                                               
curriculum.                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR DUNLEAVY held SB 89 in committee.                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
5:31:41 PM                                                                                                                    
There being nothing  further to come before  the committee, Chair                                                               
Dunleavy  adjourned the  Senate Education  Standing Committee  at                                                               
5:31 p.m.                                                                                                                       

Document Name Date/Time Subjects
9. CS for SB 79 Amend re 12.56 percent.pdf SEDC 4/7/2015 3:30:00 PM
SB 79
10. CS for SB 79 Explanation of Amend.pdf SEDC 4/7/2015 3:30:00 PM
SB 79
CS for SB 89 Amendment #1.pdf SEDC 4/7/2015 3:30:00 PM
SEDC 4/9/2015 3:30:00 PM
SB 89
CS for SB 89 Explanation of Amend #1.pdf SEDC 4/7/2015 3:30:00 PM
SEDC 4/9/2015 3:30:00 PM
SB 89
CS for SB 89 Explanation of Amend #2.pdf SEDC 4/7/2015 3:30:00 PM
SEDC 4/9/2015 3:30:00 PM
SB 89
CS for SB 89 Amendment #2.pdf SEDC 4/7/2015 3:30:00 PM
SEDC 4/9/2015 3:30:00 PM
SB 89
14. SB 37 - School Curriculum.pdf SEDC 4/7/2015 3:30:00 PM
SEDC 4/9/2015 3:30:00 PM
SB 37
15. SB 37 - Anchorage Parent Information.pdf SEDC 4/7/2015 3:30:00 PM
SEDC 4/9/2015 3:30:00 PM
SB 37
16. SB 37 - Fairbanks Erin's Policy.pdf SEDC 4/7/2015 3:30:00 PM
SEDC 4/9/2015 3:30:00 PM
SB 37
17. SB 37 - OCS Child Sexual Abuse Stats FY14.pdf SEDC 4/7/2015 3:30:00 PM
SEDC 4/9/2015 3:30:00 PM
SB 37