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                    ALASKA STATE LEGISLATURE                                                                                  
              SENATE EDUCATION STANDING COMMITTEE                                                                             
                         March 3, 2016                                                                                          
                           3:32 p.m.                                                                                            
MEMBERS PRESENT                                                                                                               
Senator Mike Dunleavy, Chair                                                                                                    
Senator Cathy Giessel                                                                                                           
Senator Berta Gardner                                                                                                           
Senator Charlie Huggins, Vice Chair                                                                                             
MEMBERS ABSENT                                                                                                                
Senator Gary Stevens                                                                                                            
COMMITTEE CALENDAR                                                                                                            
SENATE BILL NO. 191                                                                                                             
"An Act relating  to disciplinary sanctions imposed  by the State                                                               
Medical  Board;  restricting  employees  and  representatives  of                                                               
abortion services providers, and  affiliates of abortion services                                                               
providers, from delivering  instruction or distributing materials                                                               
in public  schools and providing civil  penalties for violations;                                                               
relating  to revocation  or suspension  of teacher  certificates;                                                               
relating to  the receipt  of state funds  by teachers  and school                                                               
board members; and providing for an effective date."                                                                            
     - HEARD & HELD                                                                                                             
SENATE BILL NO. 84                                                                                                              
"An Act relating to language  immersion charter schools; relating                                                               
to  teacher   certification;  and  relating   to  standards-based                                                               
assessments in  language immersion  charter schools  and language                                                               
immersion programs."                                                                                                            
     - HEARD & HELD                                                                                                             
COMMITTEE SUBSTITUTE FOR HOUSE BILL NO. 107(EDC) AM                                                                             
"An Act  relating to the composition  of the Board of  Regents of                                                               
the University of Alaska."                                                                                                      
     - MOVED CSHB 107(EDC) AM OUT OF COMMITTEE                                                                                  
PREVIOUS COMMITTEE ACTION                                                                                                     
BILL: SB 84                                                                                                                   
SHORT TITLE: LANG. IMMERSION SCHOOLS/TEACHER CERTS.                                                                             
SPONSOR(s): SENATOR(s) OLSON                                                                                                    
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03/20/15       (S)       EDC, FIN                                                                                               
04/14/15       (S)       EDC AT 3:30 PM BUTROVICH 205                                                                           
04/14/15       (S)       Heard & Held                                                                                           
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03/03/16       (S)       EDC AT 3:30 PM BUTROVICH 205                                                                           
BILL: SB 191                                                                                                                  
SHORT TITLE: LIMIT ABORTION SERV. PROVIDERS IN SCHOOLS                                                                          
SPONSOR(s): SENATOR(s) DUNLEAVY                                                                                                 
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BILL: HB 107                                                                                                                  
SHORT TITLE: BD OF REGENTS REGIONAL RESIDENCY QUALIF.                                                                           
SPONSOR(s): REPRESENTATIVE(s) GATTIS                                                                                            
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02/13/15       (H)       EDC                                                                                                    
03/18/15       (H)       EDC AT 8:00 AM CAPITOL 106                                                                             
03/18/15       (H)       Heard & Held                                                                                           
03/18/15       (H)       MINUTE(EDC)                                                                                            
03/27/15       (H)       EDC AT 8:00 AM CAPITOL 106                                                                             
03/27/15       (H)       Moved CSHB 107(EDC) Out of Committee                                                                   
03/27/15       (H)       MINUTE(EDC)                                                                                            
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                        VAZQUEZ, KELLER                                                                                         
03/30/15       (H)       DNP: SEATON                                                                                            
03/30/15       (H)       NR: KREISS-TOMKINS                                                                                     
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04/14/15       (H)       VERSION: CSHB 107(EDC) AM                                                                              
04/15/15       (S)       READ THE FIRST TIME - REFERRALS                                                                        
04/15/15       (S)       EDC                                                                                                    
03/01/16       (S)       EDC AT 3:30 PM BUTROVICH 205                                                                           
03/01/16       (S)       Heard & Held                                                                                           
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WITNESS REGISTER                                                                                                              
CHRISTA MCDONALD, Staff                                                                                                         
Senator Mike Dunleavy                                                                                                           
Alaska State Legislature                                                                                                        
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT: Introduced SB 191.                                                                                        
SENATOR DONALD OLSON                                                                                                            
Alaska State Legislature                                                                                                        
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT: Sponsor of SB 84.                                                                                         
CORDELIA KELLIE, Staff                                                                                                          
Senator Donny Olson                                                                                                             
Alaska State Legislature                                                                                                        
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT: Presented information on SB 84 on behalf of                                                               
the sponsor.                                                                                                                    
KATHLEEN YARR, representing herself                                                                                             
Ketchikan, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION STATEMENT: Testified during the discussion of SB 84.                                                                 
DEENA PARAMO, Superintendent                                                                                                    
Mat-Su Borough School District                                                                                                  
Palmer, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT: Testified in support of SB 84.                                                                            
KATE GLOVER, Attorney, Legal and Research Services Division                                                                     
Legislative Affairs Agency                                                                                                      
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT: Answered questions related to SB 84.                                                                      
SENATOR LYNN GATTIS                                                                                                             
Alaska State Legislature                                                                                                        
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT: Sponsor of HB 107.                                                                                        
ACTION NARRATIVE                                                                                                              
3:32:41 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  Gardner, Giessel,  and  Chair Dunleavy.  He                                                               
noted four bills were before the committee: SB 191, SB 84, and                                                                  
HB 107.                                                                                                                         
        SB 191-LIMIT ABORTION SERV. PROVIDERS IN SCHOOLS                                                                    
3:34:09 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR DUNLEAVY announced the consideration of SB 191.                                                                           
CHRISTA MCDONALD, Staff, Senator Mike Dunleavy, Alaska State                                                                    
Legislature, introduced SB 191, limiting abortion providers in                                                                  
schools. She explained the sections of the bill:                                                                                
     Section 1  authorize the State Medical  Board to impose                                                                    
     a  sanction  on an  abortion  services  provider or  an                                                                    
     affiliate who has violated AS 14.03.092.                                                                                   
     Section  2 states  that the  State Medical  board shall                                                                    
     suspend or  revoke a licensee's license  to practice if                                                                    
     the licensee has violated AS 14.03.092.                                                                                    
     Section 3  prohibits an  employee or  representative of                                                                    
     an  abortion  services  provider   or  an  employee  or                                                                    
     representative of an affiliate  of an abortion services                                                                    
     provider from presenting  or delivering any instruction                                                                    
     or  program  on  any  topic to  students  at  a  public                                                                    
     school,  distributing  or  displaying  materials  at  a                                                                    
     public   school,  or   providing  materials   that  are                                                                    
     intended  for  display  or  distribution  at  a  public                                                                    
     school.  It  prohibits  teachers  from  authorizing  or                                                                    
     allowing  instruction or  distribution of  materials by                                                                    
     an employee  or representative of an  abortion services                                                                    
     provider  or affiliate.  It  establishes civil  damages                                                                    
     for violations  of the section. It  prohibits a teacher                                                                    
     or  school board  member who  violates AS  14.03.092(b)                                                                    
     from  receiving   any  state   funds.  It   provides  a                                                                    
     definition  for an  abortion services  provider and  an                                                                    
     affiliate of an abortion services provider.                                                                                
     Section   4   authorizes  the   Professional   Teaching                                                                    
     Practices  Commission to  revoke or  suspend a  teacher                                                                    
     certificate if the teacher violates AS 14.03.092.                                                                          
     Section 5 provides that a  teacher, including a teacher                                                                    
     with tenure  rights, may be dismissed  for violating AS                                                                    
      Section 6 provides that a teacher with tenure rights                                                                      
       is subject to non-retention for a violation of AS                                                                        
     Section 7 provides that if any provision of the Act is                                                                     
         held invalid, the remainder of the Act is not                                                                          
     Section 8 provides an immediate effective date.                                                                            
CHAIR DUNLEAVY read the sponsor statement:                                                                                      
     The purpose of Senate Bill 191 is to restrict the                                                                          
     access of abortion services providers and their                                                                            
     affiliates to public schools.                                                                                              
     Public education is constitutionally mandated by the                                                                       
     State of Alaska. Many parents believe the roll of                                                                          
     public schools should be to provide: skills,                                                                               
     knowledge, complex instruction, and a forum for                                                                            
     students to better understand their role in society.                                                                       
     However, few believe schools should create a captive                                                                       
     audience of children for indoctrination by an outside                                                                      
     group. At times, these presentations contain lessons                                                                       
     which are at odds with the values of the children and                                                                      
     their families.                                                                                                            
     Many have become so alarmed at what is occurring                                                                           
     within the public school system that parents are                                                                           
     withdrawing their children from neighborhood schools                                                                       
     in record numbers. These students are placed in                                                                            
     alternative settings (homeschools, charter schools and                                                                     
     private schools) where the values of the family can be                                                                     
     protected from outside special interest groups with an                                                                     
     agenda. We simply cannot and should not ignore this                                                                        
     trend. It is critical that we reexamine the practice                                                                       
     of allowing special interest groups into the                                                                               
     What Senate Bill 191 Does:                                                                                                 
     Prohibits all distribution and display of materials,                                                                       
     presentations, and instruction by an abortion services                                                                     
     provider, affiliate, or representative in public                                                                           
     Establishes penalties, imposed by the State Medical                                                                        
     Board, on abortion services providers, affiliates,                                                                         
     employees, or representatives of an abortion services                                                                      
     provider, teachers, or school board members who                                                                            
     knowingly violate the prohibitions                                                                                         
     What Senate Bill 191 Doesn't Do:                                                                                           
     Does nothing to hinder school teachers from providing                                                                      
     district approved sex education to students in a                                                                           
     Will not prevent abortion service providers or                                                                             
     affiliates from providing information and education                                                                        
     outside of the public school setting                                                                                       
     By prohibiting abortion services providers access to                                                                       
     public schools, our schools can focus on what is                                                                           
     important and leave private, sensitive matters where                                                                       
     they belong: in the hands of parents. I respectfully                                                                       
     request your support for SB 191.                                                                                           
3:38:07 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR   GARDNER  asked   if  there   is   any  data   regarding                                                               
indoctrination  by  any  outside  group,  Planned  Parenthood  or                                                               
others, in schools.                                                                                                             
CHAIR DUNLEAVY  said he  did not  have any  data today  but would                                                               
provide some.                                                                                                                   
SENATOR GARDNER referred  to Section 1, issues for  which a State                                                               
Medical Board  "may" provide  a sanction, and  she noted  that in                                                               
Section  2, the  board  "shall" revoke  or  suspend a  licensee's                                                               
license to  practice. She asked  if there are any  other licenses                                                               
that must  be revoked  or suspended.  She further  clarified that                                                               
Section 1 itemizes  13 causes when the State  Medical Board "may"                                                               
impose a  sanction. Section  2 says a  violation of  AS 14.03.092                                                               
requires the  State Medical Board  "shall" suspend or  revoke the                                                               
licensee's  license  to  practice.  She said  her  questions  are                                                               
whether there  are any  other instances  where the  State Medical                                                               
Board  "shall"  revoke  a  license to  practice  and  what  other                                                               
sanctions for any  misbehavior are available to  the Board, other                                                               
than suspension and revocation.                                                                                                 
SENATOR GARDNER  referred to Section  4, page  5, lines 3  and 4,                                                               
where  it says  "the  commissioner or  the Professional  Teaching                                                               
Practices  Commission may  revoke or  suspend a  certificate only                                                               
for  the  following reasons,"  and  it  adds  a violation  of  AS                                                               
14.03.092 to the list. She pointed  out that in Section 5 it says                                                               
"a teacher may  be dismissed at any time." She  said in Section 4                                                               
the  consequences for  teachers are  to suspend  or revoke  their                                                               
certificate  and   she  concluded   that  the   consequences  for                                                               
physicians are harsher than for a  teacher. She asked if that was                                                               
the intention of the bill and, if so, why.                                                                                      
SENATOR  GARDNER turned  to Section  6  where a  teacher who  has                                                               
acquired tenure rights  is subject to non-retention  and asked if                                                               
that is "may" or "shall" be subject to non-retention.                                                                           
3:42:12 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR DUNLEAVY requested a copy of those questions in writing.                                                                  
CHAIR DUNLEAVY held SB 191 in committee.                                                                                        
3:42:43 PM                                                                                                                    
At ease                                                                                                                         
          SB 84-LANG. IMMERSION SCHOOLS/TEACHER CERTS.                                                                      
3:43:50 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR DUNLEAVY announced the consideration of SB 84.                                                                            
SENATOR  DONALD OLSON,  Alaska State  Legislature, sponsor  of SB
84, introduced his staff.                                                                                                       
CORDELIA  KELLIE,  Staff,  Senator   Donny  Olson,  Alaska  State                                                               
Legislature,  presented information  on SB  84 on  behalf of  the                                                               
sponsor. She  welcomed the  committee in  the Yupik  language and                                                               
then read from the following statement:                                                                                         
     Before  you is  SB  84.  The goal  of  the  bill is  to                                                                    
     provide   a  more   efficient  route   towards  teacher                                                                    
     certification than  the current framework by  making it                                                                    
     easier for language immersion  charter schools to exist                                                                    
     in Alaska.                                                                                                                 
     Immersion schools are proven  to be the most successful                                                                    
     model  for second  language  acquisition, teaching  not                                                                    
     just  the language,  but teaching  content through  the                                                                    
     language. The  benefits of attaining a  second language                                                                    
     are widely  researched and are  found to  be cerebrally                                                                    
     additive,  with   language  immersion   not  displacing                                                                    
     ability  in   English  development  and   studies,  but                                                                    
     providing many  cognitive and scholastic  benefits that                                                                    
     allow students  to often perform at  higher levels than                                                                    
     their monolingual peers.                                                                                                   
     Alaska is  home to several successful  language schools                                                                    
     and programs, such as Rilka  Schula, a German immersion                                                                    
     school  in Anchorage,  Fronteras,  a Spanish  immersion                                                                    
     school  in  Wasilla,  and Ayaprun,  a  Yupik  immersion                                                                    
     school in Bethel. SB 84  contains provisions that would                                                                    
     make it more effectual  for existing language immersion                                                                    
     schools  and   programs  like   these  to   operate  by                                                                    
     providing  pathways  nontraditional  teachers  to  come                                                                    
     into  the classroom,  who have  the necessary  language                                                                    
     skills and abilities, but may  not have a baccalaureate                                                                    
     degree attained through traditional means.                                                                                 
     Last year, Alaska received  national press when studies                                                                    
     showed our largest city, housing  nearly half the state                                                                    
     population,  was home  to the  top  three most  diverse                                                                    
     high schools  in the nation. Alaska  is leading America                                                                    
     as a hub of culture  and language; the Anchorage School                                                                    
     District is  responding, for example, by  expanding its                                                                    
     World  Languages   program  to  include   Japanese  and                                                                    
     Chinese.  SB  84  provides the  necessary  avenues  and                                                                    
     regulatory framework  to be thusly  responsive, growing                                                                    
     and supporting our communities statewide  as a place of                                                                    
     culture and languages, both indigenous and introduced.                                                                     
     This  bill  accomplishes  this  through  the  following                                                                    
     provisions: It  creates a new designation  for language                                                                    
     immersion charter  school respond to the  robust demand                                                                    
     for  more  immersion  teachers,  schools,  and  program                                                                    
     growth.  These  language  immersion schools  will  have                                                                    
     high statutory standards for both  the teachers and the                                                                    
     school  structure. This  bill would  also allow  people                                                                    
     who are  proficient in the  language to be part  of the                                                                    
     academic  policy committee;  in  current statute,  only                                                                    
     school employees, teachers, and parents can.                                                                               
     It allows  a pathway for  a greater number  of teachers                                                                    
     to get into the  classroom through the following means:                                                                    
     Any traditionally  certified teacher who happens  to be                                                                    
     or becomes a speaker of  a language and wishes to teach                                                                    
     in that language can now  do so by this bill's creation                                                                    
     of  a language  immersion  endorsement. An  endorsement                                                                    
     helps the  teacher learn how  to teach in  an immersion                                                                    
     environment.  This  is  one   avenue  of  getting  more                                                                    
     teachers into the immersion classroom.                                                                                     
     Currently, limited  teaching certificates  - Type  M in                                                                    
     regulation -  are good for vocational  training, Alaska                                                                    
     Native  language  and  culture, and  military  science;                                                                    
     this bill  removes the language  component and  puts it                                                                    
     in  its  own  limited  teaching  certificate  category.                                                                    
     This  bill  also  expands  this  new  limited  teaching                                                                    
     certificate  to  include   world  languages,  not  just                                                                    
     Alaska Native language.                                                                                                    
     Limited  language  certificates   are  similar  to  the                                                                    
     current   "Type   M"    certificates,   but   will   be                                                                    
     specifically  for languages  and  issued  by the  tribe                                                                    
     that the  state can  choose to  recognize. A  tribe has                                                                    
     the  local knowledge  regarding who  is fluent  and has                                                                    
     the  ability to  teach in  that language.  Other states                                                                    
     such as Arizona, Wisconsin  and California have already                                                                    
     passed  legislation to  get tribes  more involved  with                                                                    
     education,  realizing  the   importance  of  preserving                                                                    
     local languages.                                                                                                           
     As we continue  to work on and develop  this bill, your                                                                    
     feedback  and  questions  are  greatly  appreciated  in                                                                    
     shaping legislation to nourish  this very exciting time                                                                    
     in  our state.  Thank  you very  much  for hearing  the                                                                    
3:49:03 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR DUNLEAVY requested a sectional analysis of the bill.                                                                      
MS. KELLIE read:                                                                                                                
Section 1  requires the charter  contract between a  school board                                                               
and  a language  immersion charter  school to  contain provisions                                                               
requiring compliance with Section 2.                                                                                            
Section  2  creates  a  subcategory  of  charter  schools  called                                                               
language immersion  charter schools  applying all the  same rules                                                               
as  existing charter  schools, the  same procedure  for applying,                                                               
and the same  funding formula. It requires the  charter school to                                                               
spend 50  percent of  its instruction hours  in a  language other                                                               
than  English.  It holds  these  schools  to  a higher  bar  than                                                               
currently exists. It requires immersion  teachers to have mastery                                                               
in the  target language and  have had some training  in immersion                                                               
education. It  requires immersion teachers to  also have cultural                                                               
knowledge  and  allows  them  to serve  on  the  academic  policy                                                               
committee  of  the charter  school  in  addition to  parents  and                                                               
school employees. It would require  the academic policy committee                                                               
to  work  with  Department  of Education  and  Early  Development                                                               
(DEED) to develop  a plan for reaching the  50 percent benchmark,                                                               
should  it not  be in  place. Section  2 also  requires immersion                                                               
teachers  to  have  additional immersion-specific  training,  but                                                               
exempts  teachers teaching  classes in  the non-immersion  target                                                               
language  from  the  requirement  to hold  a  language  immersion                                                               
3:50:46 PM                                                                                                                    
Section 3 creates a language immersion endorsement.                                                                             
Section  4 deals  with the  limited  teacher certificate  program                                                               
(Type M).  The section removes  Alaska Native languages  from the                                                               
list  of  subjects certificate  holders  are  eligible to  teach,                                                               
expands  that list  to  all languages,  and can  be  used in  all                                                               
school districts, not just in  immersion schools. It requires the                                                               
language  immersion  teacher  to   know  the  language  and  have                                                               
immersion training.  The language immersion  certificate requests                                                               
are  made at  the request  of the  academic policy  committees at                                                               
3:52:35 PM                                                                                                                    
Section   5  further   amends   the   existing  limited   teacher                                                               
certificate  program by  making newly  issued certificates  valid                                                               
for  only one  year. Upon  verification  by the  school board  or                                                               
academic  policy  committee  that the  teacher  has  demonstrated                                                               
skills  in  classroom  instruction, curriculum  development,  and                                                               
student assessment,  the certificate can be  extended and renewed                                                               
in  accordance with  regulation.  It prohibits  the school  board                                                               
from  requiring additional  academic training  as a  condition of                                                               
certificate renewal.                                                                                                            
Section  6  creates  a  new   limited  language  certificate  for                                                               
teachers  instructing  in  a  language   other  than  English.  A                                                               
certificate can be issued if  there are an insufficient number of                                                               
certified  teachers  in  the  state  capable  of  teaching  in  a                                                               
language. Subsection  (a) states  that a limited  certificate can                                                               
be issued if  a school board or the academic  policy committee of                                                               
a  language immersion  charter school  requests it.  It is  valid                                                               
only in  the school district  that requested it.  The certificate                                                               
is valid  for teaching  languages at any  level and  for teaching                                                               
other  subjects in  grades pre-K  through 8,  if the  language of                                                               
instruction  is  a  foreign  or  indigenous  language.  A  person                                                               
teaching a subject other than  that language, must have completed                                                               
a  course  in  language   immersion  education  and  demonstrates                                                               
subject  matter  expertise. Subsection  (b)  says  that DEED  may                                                               
issue   a  limited   certificate  if   the  certified   applicant                                                               
demonstrates  instructional  skills   sufficient  to  assure  the                                                               
public that  the person is competent  as a teacher as  defined by                                                               
regulation, the applicant  demonstrates subject matter expertise,                                                               
and  the applicant  has the  language  proficiency sufficient  to                                                               
teach  classroom activities  wholly in  the language.  Subsection                                                               
(c) states that the newly  issued certificates are valid for only                                                               
one year.  Upon certification  by the  entity that  requested the                                                               
limited certificate,  that the holder has  demonstrated skills in                                                               
the  classroom instruction,  curriculum development,  and student                                                               
assessment,  the  certificate  can  be extended  and  renewed  in                                                               
accordance with  regulations. Subsection (d) prohibits  the board                                                               
from  requiring additional  academic training  as a  condition of                                                               
certificate renewal.                                                                                                            
3:54:58 PM                                                                                                                    
Section 7  relates to  teacher certificates  issued by  an Alaska                                                               
Native tribe.  They are  limited certificates  and apply  only to                                                               
classes  taught  in  an  Alaska Native  language  in  a  language                                                               
immersion charter school.                                                                                                       
Section  8 gives  the commissioner  of DEED  or the  Professional                                                               
Teaching Practice Commission the  authority to prohibit a teacher                                                               
certified by  a tribe from  teaching in  a public school  for the                                                               
same  reasons  that any  teacher  could  have on  their  teaching                                                               
certificate - suspended or revoked under AS 14.20.032.                                                                          
Section   9  describes   the  administrative   review  procedures                                                               
available to tribes  and teachers certified in the  case that the                                                               
department   or   Professional  Teaching   Practices   Commission                                                               
prohibits the use of a tribal certificate in public schools.                                                                    
Section  10 provides  for a  transition period  from the  current                                                               
limited  teacher certificate  status to  the new  limited teacher                                                               
certificate  status. This  section  is only  relevant to  limited                                                               
certificates for teaching Alaska Native languages.                                                                              
3:56:38 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR  GARDNER  asked why,  if  a  limited certificate  can  be                                                               
extended after  a year if  the school  board requests it  and the                                                               
sponsoring charter  school requests  it, the school  board cannot                                                               
request  that  the  person have  additional  training.  The  bill                                                               
allows   non-credentialed   teachers   to   teach   as   language                                                               
specialists. She  said she could  imagine an instance  where that                                                               
teacher  might lack  classroom  skills and  could  use help  with                                                               
that. She asked why the board can't require further training.                                                                   
3:58:03 PM                                                                                                                    
MS.  KELLIE  gave an  example  a  person  having expertise  in  a                                                               
SENATOR OLSON asked  whether the question is why  the board can't                                                               
request a language teacher to  improve on their lack of classroom                                                               
instruction expertise.                                                                                                          
MS. KELLIE  explained that the  limited certificate  was designed                                                               
for   substitute  teachers   or  those   working  with   prepared                                                               
curriculum  with  support  of existing  certified  teachers.  She                                                               
concluded that the network would help support those teachers.                                                                   
SENATOR GARDNER  gave an example of  a person who has  mastery of                                                               
the content  and has a support  system to help them.  However, if                                                               
it is  not working out and  they don't have the  necessary skills                                                               
she questioned why not have  the language teacher take courses in                                                               
order to renew their certificate.                                                                                               
MS. KELLIE replied that it could be  a costly burden to them or a                                                               
time issue.                                                                                                                     
4:01:56 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR OLSON  said he did  not have  the answer, but  would look                                                               
into it.                                                                                                                        
CHAIR DUNLEAVY opened public testimony.                                                                                         
4:03:09 PM                                                                                                                    
KATHLEEN  YARR,   representing  herself,  testified   during  the                                                               
discussion  of SB  84.  She  provided an  example  of a  Japanese                                                               
language specialist  whose program  was in  danger of  being cut.                                                               
She asked  if SB  84 would  require the  district to  employ this                                                               
teacher, comparable to a Type A teacher.                                                                                        
SENATOR OLSON said that is not intent of the bill.                                                                              
4:05:55 PM                                                                                                                    
DEENA  PARAMO, Superintendent,  Mat-Su  Borough School  District,                                                               
testified  in  support  of  SB  84. She  noted  that  the  Mat-Su                                                               
District  highly  values  choice   in  educational  programs  and                                                               
delivery.  The  district  has  a  Russian  language  neighborhood                                                               
school and  a Spanish language  charter school. She spoke  of the                                                               
uniqueness of immersion schools  and the flexibility they provide                                                               
for hiring  non-traditional teachers  and for retaining  staff in                                                               
times of shortage.  She expressed support for a  deeper look into                                                               
the certification  process for  language immersion  teachers. She                                                               
concluded  that the  effective  date would  allow  ample time  to                                                               
communicate certificate requirements to employees.                                                                              
4:09:02 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR  GIESSEL  was  surprised   that  the  statutes  regarding                                                               
language  immersion  charter  schools don't  already  exist.  She                                                               
referred to new Subsection 2.                                                                                                   
DR.  PARAMO  said  they  were able  to  have  language  immersion                                                               
charter   schools   previously;   the  bill   addresses   teacher                                                               
4:10:17 PM                                                                                                                    
KATE  GLOVER, Attorney,  Legislative  Legal, Legislative  Affairs                                                               
Agency, answered questions related to SB 84.                                                                                    
SENATOR GIESSEL referred to Section  2 and asked whether language                                                               
immersion charter school statutes were already in place.                                                                        
MS. GLOVER said  they are in place under AS  14.03.250, and SB 84                                                               
bill adds additional requirements  for language immersion charter                                                               
4:11:21 PM                                                                                                                    
At ease                                                                                                                         
4:11:38 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR GIESSEL  moved to  adopt the  CS for  SB 84,  labeled 29-                                                               
LS0746\E, as the working document before the committee.                                                                         
CHAIR  DUNLEAVY  objected.  He  asked  if  there  was  additional                                                               
discussion and then removed his objection.                                                                                      
CHAIR DUNLEAVY held SB 84 in committee.                                                                                         
4:12:24 PM                                                                                                                    
At ease                                                                                                                         
        HB 107-BD OF REGENTS REGIONAL RESIDENCY QUALIF.                                                                     
4:15:55 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR DUNLEAVY announced  that the final order  of business would                                                               
be HB 107.                                                                                                                      
CHAIR DUNLEAVY welcomed Senator Huggins  to the meeting. He noted                                                               
HB 107  was previously  heard on  March 7, 2016,  and has  a zero                                                               
fiscal note. He said public testimony was open.                                                                                 
SENATOR  LYNN GATTIS,  Alaska State  Legislature,  sponsor of  HB
107. She addressed Senator Gardner's  previous question about how                                                               
many people  applied for the Board  of Regents in 2014  and 2015.                                                               
She reported that 29 applied in  2014 and 37 applied in 2015. The                                                               
Governor's Office  explained that  when there  is an  opening, an                                                               
advertisement is posted on the  State of Alaska's website for two                                                               
weeks.  She opined  that  the  news of  an  opening also  reached                                                               
people by word of mouth and  she was surprised at the high number                                                               
of applicants.                                                                                                                  
SENATOR GARDNER inquired, for purposes  of the bill's provisions,                                                               
where the applicants were from.                                                                                                 
SENATOR  GATTIS  said  she  attempted   to  find  out  where  the                                                               
applicants were from, but received no information.                                                                              
SENATOR GARDNER said she would  try to have that information when                                                               
the bill comes to the Senate  Floor because she thought the terms                                                               
of the bill might be impossible to fill.                                                                                        
4:19:41 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR DUNLEAVY closed public testimony.                                                                                         
4:19:50 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR GIESSEL  moved to report  CSHB 107(EDC)am  from committee                                                               
with individual  recommendations and  attached zero  fiscal note.                                                               
There being no objection, the motion carried.                                                                                   
4:20:09 PM                                                                                                                    
There being  no further  business to  come before  the committee,                                                               
Chair Dunleavy adjourned the  Senate Education Standing Committee                                                               
at 4:20 p.m.                                                                                                                    

Document Name Date/Time Subjects
SB 191 - Sponsor Statement .pdf SEDC 3/3/2016 3:30:00 PM
SB 191
CS HB 107 - Follow Up Letter from Board of Regents.pdf SEDC 3/3/2016 3:30:00 PM
HB 107
SB 191 - Sectional.pdf SEDC 3/3/2016 3:30:00 PM
SB 191