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04/04/2017 03:30 PM EDUCATION

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*+ SB 102 INTERNET FOR SCHOOLS; FUNDING TELECONFERENCED
Heard & Held
Uniform Rule 23 Waived
*+ SB 103 ED GRANTS/SCHOLARSHIP;INNOVATIVE ED FUND TELECONFERENCED
Heard & Held
Uniform Rule 23 Waived
*+ SB 104 EDUCATION CURRICULUM TELECONFERENCED
Heard & Held
Uniform Rule 23 Waived
+ Bills Previously Heard/Scheduled: TELECONFERENCED
+= SB 96 EDUCATION:SCHOOLS/TEACHERS/FUNDING TELECONFERENCED
Moved CSSB 96(EDC) Out of Committee
                    ALASKA STATE LEGISLATURE                                                                                  
              SENATE EDUCATION STANDING COMMITTEE                                                                             
                         April 4, 2017                                                                                          
                           3:31 p.m.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
MEMBERS PRESENT                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
Senator Shelley Hughes, Chair                                                                                                   
Senator Gary Stevens                                                                                                            
Senator Cathy Giessel                                                                                                           
Senator John Coghill                                                                                                            
Senator Tom Begich                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
MEMBERS ABSENT                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
All members present                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
COMMITTEE CALENDAR                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
SENATE BILL NO. 96                                                                                                              
"An  Act relating  to education;  relating  to school  districts;                                                               
relating  to  course  credit  for  students;  relating  to  group                                                               
insurance,  self-insurance,  and other  cooperative  arrangements                                                               
between    school    districts    and    businesses,    nonprofit                                                               
organizations, and  government agencies; relating to  funding for                                                               
school districts;  relating to  school operating  funds; relating                                                               
to competency examinations for  teacher certificates; relating to                                                               
the Professional  Teaching Practices Commission; relating  to the                                                               
duties  and  powers of  the  Department  of Education  and  Early                                                               
Development  and   the  commissioner   of  education   and  early                                                               
development;   relating  to   a  virtual   education  consortium;                                                               
relating to  the minimum  wage for bus  drivers; relating  to the                                                               
investment,  appropriation,  and  administration  of  the  public                                                               
school trust fund; and providing for an effective date."                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
     - MOVED CSSB 96(EDC) OUT OF COMMITTEE                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
SENATE BILL NO. 102                                                                                                             
"An  Act relating  to funding  for Internet  services for  school                                                               
districts;   and  relating   to  the   Alaska  higher   education                                                               
investment fund."                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
     - HEARD & HELD                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
SENATE BILL NO. 103                                                                                                             
"An  Act  establishing  the  Alaska  education  innovation  grant                                                               
program; eliminating  the Alaska education grant  program and the                                                               
Alaska performance scholarship  program; redesignating the Alaska                                                               
higher  education   investment  fund  as  the   Alaska  education                                                               
innovation grant fund; and providing for an effective date."                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
     - HEARD & HELD                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
SENATE BILL NO. 104                                                                                                             
"An Act relating to the duties of the state Board of Education                                                                  
and Early Development; and relating to school curriculum."                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
     - HEARD & HELD                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
PREVIOUS COMMITTEE ACTION                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
BILL: SB 96                                                                                                                   
SHORT TITLE: EDUCATION:SCHOOLS/TEACHERS/FUNDING                                                                                 
SPONSOR(s): EDUCATION                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
03/20/17       (S)       READ THE FIRST TIME - REFERRALS                                                                        
03/20/17       (S)       EDC, FIN                                                                                               
03/22/17       (S)       EDC AT 8:00 AM BUTROVICH 205                                                                           
03/22/17       (S)       Heard & Held                                                                                           
03/22/17       (S)       MINUTE(EDC)                                                                                            
03/23/17       (S)       EDC AT 8:00 AM BELTZ 105 (TSBldg)                                                                      
03/23/17       (S)       Heard & Held                                                                                           
03/23/17       (S)       MINUTE(EDC)                                                                                            
03/24/17       (S)       EDC AT 8:00 AM BUTROVICH 205                                                                           
03/24/17       (S)       <Bill Hearing Canceled>                                                                                
03/27/17       (S)       EDC AT 8:00 AM BUTROVICH 205                                                                           
03/27/17       (S)       Heard & Held                                                                                           
03/27/17       (S)       MINUTE(EDC)                                                                                            
03/28/17       (S)       EDC AT 5:30 PM BUTROVICH 205                                                                           
03/28/17       (S)       Heard & Held                                                                                           
03/28/17       (S)       MINUTE(EDC)                                                                                            
03/30/17       (S)       EDC AT 8:00 AM BUTROVICH 205                                                                           
03/30/17       (S)       Heard & Held                                                                                           
03/30/17       (S)       MINUTE(EDC)                                                                                            
03/31/17       (S)       EDC AT 8:00 AM BUTROVICH 205                                                                           
03/31/17       (S)       Heard & Held                                                                                           
03/31/17       (S)       MINUTE(EDC)                                                                                            
04/03/17       (S)       EDC AT 8:00 AM BUTROVICH 205                                                                           
04/03/17       (S)       Heard & Held                                                                                           
04/03/17       (S)       MINUTE(EDC)                                                                                            
04/04/17       (S)       EDC AT 3:30 PM BUTROVICH 205                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
BILL: SB 102                                                                                                                  
SHORT TITLE: INTERNET FOR SCHOOLS; FUNDING                                                                                      
SPONSOR(s): FINANCE                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
04/03/17       (S)       READ THE FIRST TIME - REFERRALS                                                                        
04/03/17       (S)       EDC, FIN                                                                                               
04/03/17       (S)       HUS WAIVED PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE,RULE                                                                  
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04/04/17       (S)       EDC AT 3:30 PM BUTROVICH 205                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
BILL: SB 103                                                                                                                  
SHORT TITLE: ED GRANTS/SCHOLARSHIP;INNOVATIVE ED FUND                                                                           
SPONSOR(s): FINANCE                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
04/03/17       (S)       READ THE FIRST TIME - REFERRALS                                                                        
04/03/17       (S)       EDC, FIN                                                                                               
04/03/17       (S)       HUS WAIVED PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE,RULE                                                                  
                         23                                                                                                     
04/04/17       (S)       EDC AT 3:30 PM BUTROVICH 205                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
BILL: SB 104                                                                                                                  
SHORT TITLE: EDUCATION CURRICULUM                                                                                               
SPONSOR(s): FINANCE                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
04/03/17       (S)       READ THE FIRST TIME - REFERRALS                                                                        
04/03/17       (S)       EDC, FIN                                                                                               
04/03/17       (S)       HUS WAIVED PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE,RULE                                                                  
                         23                                                                                                     
04/04/17       (S)       EDC AT 3:30 PM BUTROVICH 205                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
WITNESS REGISTER                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
BRITTANY HUTCHINSON, Staff                                                                                                      
Senator Anna MacKinnon                                                                                                          
Alaska State Legislature                                                                                                        
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT: Presented information about SB 102, SB 103,                                                               
and SB 104, on behalf of the Senate Finance Committee.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR ANNA MACKINNON, Alaska State Legislature                                                                                
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT:  Testified on SB 102, SB 103, and SB 104 on                                                               
behalf of the Senate Finance Committee.                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
JENNIFER MCNICHOL, Vice President                                                                                               
Sitka School Board                                                                                                              
Sitka, Alaska                                                                                                                   
POSITION STATEMENT:  Testified on SB 102, SB 103, and SB 104.                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
PETE HOEPFNER, Superintendent                                                                                                   
Cordova School District                                                                                                         
Cordova, Alaska                                                                                                                 
POSITION STATEMENT: Testified on SB 102, SB 103, and SB 104.                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
PENNY VADLA, Vice President                                                                                                     
Kenai Peninsula School Board                                                                                                    
Kenai, Alaska                                                                                                                   
POSITION STATEMENT: Testified on SB 102, SB 103, and SB 104.                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
JEANNIE KITAYAMA, Member                                                                                                        
Haines School Board                                                                                                             
Haines, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT: Testified on SB 102, SB 103, and SB 104.                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
CASS POOK, Member                                                                                                               
Sitka School Board                                                                                                              
Sitka, Alaska                                                                                                                   
POSITION STATEMENT: Testified on SB 102, SB 103, and SB 104.                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
ACTION NARRATIVE                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
3:31:26 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR  SHELLEY  HUGHES  called   the  Senate  Education  Standing                                                             
Committee meeting  to order at 3:31  p.m. Present at the  call to                                                               
order were Senators Begich, Giessel,  Stevens, Coghill, and Chair                                                               
Hughes. She listed the bills to be  heard: SB 96, SB 102, SB 103,                                                               
and SB 104. She hoped to pass out  SB 96 depending on the will of                                                               
the  committee.  She  will  provide  an  opportunity  for  school                                                               
districts to  testify on SB  102, 103,  and 104 today,  and there                                                               
will be  public testimony  tomorrow at  8:00 a.m.  She encouraged                                                               
people to submit written testimony.  She requested that testimony                                                               
be  limited to  the bills  before the  committee and  not on  the                                                               
proposed budget reductions.                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
           SB 96-EDUCATION: SCHOOLS/TEACHERS/FUNDING                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
3:34:15 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR HUGHES announced the consideration of SB 96.                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
3:34:32 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR  BEGICH   thanked  Mr.  Banks,  Chair   Hughes,  and  the                                                               
committee for their work on SB  96. He recalled that when his dad                                                               
worked  in  the  legislature,  they  took  a  decade  to  get  24                                                               
education  reform   bills  passed.  This  committee   took  time,                                                               
deliberation, and thoughtfulness on SB 96.                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
He described the  excellent education system in the  state in the                                                               
1960s  and hoped  Alaska would  have a  similar system  again. He                                                               
said  he still  has  issues  with items  in  the  bill, but  will                                                               
support it because the bill is moving in the right direction.                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
He got a legal opinion on the  use of the principal of the Public                                                               
Schools Land Trust that causes him  some concern, but said it can                                                               
be  fixed. This  bill  does great  things  around innovation  and                                                               
technology,  and  provides  for   districts  that  want  to  work                                                               
together. For all  of those reasons, he said he  will support the                                                               
bill.                                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
3:37:52 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR GIESSEL voiced  appreciation for the bill.  She still had                                                               
concerns  about the  repealing of  double minimum  wages for  bus                                                               
drivers  in Section  24. She  proposed to  delete Section  24 and                                                               
leave  the double  minimum wages  in place.  She understood  that                                                               
only four  school districts have  unionized members and  would be                                                               
affected by the provision.                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
3:38:55 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR  HUGHES  clarified that  the  provision  is an  option  for                                                               
districts. She  said removing  Section 24 is  not a  deal breaker                                                               
for her. She said there are some  very good tools in the bill and                                                               
she did not want to see the process slowed down.                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
3:39:30 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR COGHILL liked the idea  of the curriculum consortium, but                                                               
he  still  had  questions  about  it. He  did  not  know  if  the                                                               
consortium was an enabler or not.  If it becomes a constrainer he                                                               
said he will  have problems with it. He  requested the Department                                                               
of Education and  Early Development (DEED) to keep an  eye on it.                                                               
He thought  innovative ideas districts  are already  using should                                                               
be considered.                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
He thought  the committee would spend  time in the summer  on the                                                               
bill.                                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR HUGHES  reassured that they have  had lengthy conversations                                                               
with  the  department  on  the  consortium;  it  is  an  optional                                                               
provision for districts. She expected to  have Act II of the bill                                                               
next year.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
3:42:03 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR  COGHILL said  two areas  come  to mind  Section 24.  His                                                               
district could  not get  enough bus drivers  for the  first three                                                               
weeks of school. He also wanted  to know how the bill will impact                                                               
his district.                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
3:43:05 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR STEVENS  said hearing  the bill  has been  a wide-ranging                                                               
experience. He still had concerns about unintended consequences.                                                                
                                                                                                                                
3:43:34 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR HUGHES  thanked Mr.  Banks, Senator  Begich and  his staff,                                                               
Sydney,  as well  as and  Kate  Glover in  Legislative Legal  for                                                               
their work on the bill.                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
She  said  the committee  would  look  at teacher  education  and                                                               
truancy problems  next year. She  commented on the change  to the                                                               
provision  in the  bill  about merging  facilities  and said  the                                                               
districts  would be  contacting  the department  with ideas.  She                                                               
provided an  example of factors to  consider in order to  free up                                                               
dollars.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
3:45:59 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR GIESSEL  moved to report  the CS  for SB 96,  version 30-                                                               
LS0452\M,  from  committee  with individual  recommendations  and                                                               
attached fiscal notes.                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  HUGHES  announced  that without  objection,  CSSB  96(EDC)                                                               
passed from the Senate Education Standing Committee.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
3:46:20 PM                                                                                                                    
At ease                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
              SB 102-INTERNET FOR SCHOOLS; FUNDING                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
3:47:54 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR HUGHES announced the consideration of SB 102.                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
3:48:16 PM                                                                                                                    
BRITTANY HUTCHINSON, Staff, Senator  Anna MacKinnon, Alaska State                                                               
Legislature, presented information  about SB 102, SB  103, and SB                                                               
104 on behalf  of the Senate Finance Committee.  She related that                                                               
there  are high  achieving  students, great  teachers, and  great                                                               
schools and  districts in  Alaska. However,  there are  also many                                                               
schools that are  not achieving and there is  a large achievement                                                               
gap  for  many Alaskan  students.  Outcomes  are not  where  they                                                               
should  be  for students  to  be  prepared  for life  after  high                                                               
school.  The goals  of the  three  bills are  to prioritize  K-12                                                               
education  as the  state's constitutional  responsibility and  to                                                               
prioritize how the  state's limited funds are  spent. Other goals                                                               
are to improve outcomes for  Alaska's students and to provide for                                                               
efficiency and streamlined deliveries  of education processes and                                                               
procedures. Alaska's students deserve a 21st Century education.                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
3:49:50 PM                                                                                                                    
MS. HUTCHISON provided the sectional analysis of SB 102:                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
     Section 1 AS 14.03.127(a)                                                                                              
     Increases the floor of internet download speed from 10                                                                     
      megabits per second (Mbps) to 25 megabits per second                                                                      
     (Mbps) for every school in Alaska.                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
     Section 2 AS 37.14.750(a)                                                                                              
       Puts into statute that the legislature may pay for                                                                       
     internet services through the Higher Education Fund.                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
     Section 3 AS 37.14.750                                                                                                 
     Conforming language that allows the legislature to pay                                                                     
       for internet services through the Higher Education                                                                       
     Fund.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  HUGHES asked  if there  is any  background information  to                                                               
share.                                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
3:50:19 PM                                                                                                                    
MS. HUTCHISON  said the reason  25 Mgbs  was chosen for  the bill                                                               
was because  all schools  could increase  to that  amount without                                                               
any additional infrastructure.  She said that amount  is based on                                                               
the  federal  E-rate  Program,  which covers  70  percent  to  90                                                               
percent of internet services, depending  on how many students are                                                               
on the  free or  reduced lunch program.  For every  state dollar,                                                               
schools receive about $7 federal dollars.                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
All school districts  utilize the E-rate Program.  Only 29 school                                                               
districts  used the  Broadband  Assistance  Grant. She  estimated                                                               
that the bill will bring 197 schools up to 25 Mgbs.                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR HUGHES asked how much funding will be available.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
MS. HUTCHISON  said they don't have  a fiscal note yet,  but they                                                               
estimate about  $16 million will  be needed to bring  all schools                                                               
up to 25 Mgbs, tapering off each year.                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
3:52:33 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR  BEGICH asked  if they  calculated the  ability for  each                                                               
school to  make use of  that 25 Mgbs  by various methods.  He did                                                               
not want to see any schools left behind.                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
MS. HUTCHISON said all schools can come up to 25 Mgbs.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR BEGICH  pointed out that  the download is  often absorbed                                                               
by  other  users in  the  community.  He  suggested making  it  a                                                               
dedicated 25 Mgbs for schools.                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
MS. HUTCHISON said it was an excellent idea.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
3:54:14 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR  BEGICH  said it  should  be  easy  to add  language.  He                                                               
suggested an addition of "an  applicant's share to a dedicated 25                                                               
Mgbs"  would  ensure  that  it  would  not  be  consumed  by  the                                                               
community.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR HUGHES noted  a new satellite launch and  the potential for                                                               
expansion of internet in Alaska.                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
She asked how many schools would be upgraded.                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
MS.   HUTCHISON  said   197  schools,   according  to   2016  FCC                                                               
information.                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
3:56:33 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR BEGICH asked  if the suggestion of 25 Mgbs  came from the                                                               
FCC.                                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
MS.  HUTCHISON replied  that  is was  from  the Alaska  Telephone                                                               
Association.                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
3:56:59 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR HUGHES held SB 102 in committee.                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
        SB 103-ED GRANTS/SCHOLARSHIP;INNOVATIVE ED FUND                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
3:57:29 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR HUGHES announced the consideration of SB 103.                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
3:57:44 PM                                                                                                                    
MS.  HUTCHISON  explained  SB 103.  She  provided  the  sectional                                                               
analysis:                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
     Section 1: AS 14.03                                                                                                    
     Adds a new section,  AS 14.03.128, that establishes the                                                                    
     Alaska   Education   Innovation  Grant   Fund.   School                                                                    
     Districts may  request a grant  under this  section for                                                                    
     the   support  of   innovative  education   ideas.  The                                                                    
     Commissioner of  the Department of Education  and Early                                                                    
     Development (DEED) shall  determine annually the amount                                                                    
     requested for  grants and submit  them in  their budget                                                                    
     for legislative approval.                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
     Section 2: AS 14.42.030(e)                                                                                             
     Removes the Alaska Education  Grant from state statute.                                                                    
     The  Alaska Education  Grant is  in AS  14.43.400 -  AS                                                                    
     14.43.420.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
     Section 3: AS 14.43.810(a)                                                                                             
     Makes  the high  school graduating  class of  2017, the                                                                    
     last   high  school   class  to   receive  the   Alaska                                                                    
     Performance Scholarship (APS).                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
     Section 4: AS 14.43.820(a)                                                                                             
     Allows the commission  to award an APS to  a student no                                                                    
     later than July 1, 2017.                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
     Section 5: AS 14.43.915(a)                                                                                             
     Makes  the APS  and  the Alaska  Education Grant  (AEG)                                                                    
     available  to  students for  four  years  and does  not                                                                    
     allow a student's eligibility to  go past the 2020-2021                                                                    
     academic year.                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
     Section 6: AS 14.43.915(a)                                                                                             
     Conforming  Language to  change  the name  of the  fund                                                                    
     from  "Alaska  Higher   Education  Investment"  to  the                                                                    
     "Alaska  Education  Innovation   Grant".  This  section                                                                    
     deals  with money  going from  the fund  to the  Alaska                                                                    
     Education Grant fund. This section  is repealed Feb. 1,                                                                    
     2021.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
     Section 7: AS 14.43.915(b)                                                                                             
     Conforming  Language to  change  the name  of the  fund                                                                    
     from  "Alaska  Higher   Education  Investment"  to  the                                                                    
     "Alaska  Education  Innovation   Grant".  This  section                                                                    
     deals  with money  going from  the fund  to the  Alaska                                                                    
     Performance Scholarship award  account. This section is                                                                    
     repealed Feb. 1, 2021.                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
     Section 8: AS 14.43.915(c)                                                                                             
     Conforming  Language to  change  the name  of the  fund                                                                    
     from  "Alaska  Higher   Education  Investment"  to  the                                                                    
     "Alaska  Education  Innovation   Grant".  This  section                                                                    
     deals  with the  allocation  of monies  from the  fund.                                                                    
     This section is repealed Feb. 1, 2021.                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
     Section 9: AS 14.45.130(a)                                                                                             
     This section deals with eligibility  of students from a                                                                    
     private or  religious school receiving  the APS.  It is                                                                    
     repealed Feb. 1, 2021.                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
3:59:00 PM                                                                                                                    
     Section 10: AS 37.14.750(a)                                                                                            
     Conforming  Language to  change  the name  of the  fund                                                                    
     from  "Alaska  Higher   Education  Investment"  to  the                                                                    
     "Alaska  Education  Innovation   Grant".  This  section                                                                    
     establishes the  purpose of the fund,  which is "making                                                                    
     grants  to  school  districts  to  support  the  Alaska                                                                    
     Education Innovation Grant Program."                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
     Section 11: AS 37.14.750(a)                                                                                            
     Conforming  Language to  change  the name  of the  fund                                                                    
     from  "Alaska  Higher   Education  Investment"  to  the                                                                    
     "Alaska  Education  Innovation   Grant".  This  section                                                                    
     establishes the  purpose of the fund,  which is "making                                                                    
     grants  to  school  districts  to  support  the  Alaska                                                                    
     Education Innovation Grant  Program." This section also                                                                    
     removes  the language  that  allows  payments from  the                                                                    
     fund   to   go   to   scholarships   to   postsecondary                                                                    
     institutions.  This  section  is repealed  in  Feb.  1,                                                                    
     2021.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
     Section 12: AS 37.14.750(d)                                                                                            
     Conforming  Language to  change  the name  of the  fund                                                                    
     from  "Alaska  Higher   Education  Investment"  to  the                                                                    
     "Alaska Education Innovation Grant".                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
     Section 13: AS 43.20.014(a)                                                                                            
     Conforming  Language to  change  the name  of the  fund                                                                    
     from  "Alaska  Higher   Education  Investment"  to  the                                                                    
     "Alaska Education Innovation Grant".                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
     Section 14: AS 43.55.019(a)                                                                                            
     Conforming  Language to  change  the name  of the  fund                                                                    
     from  "Alaska  Higher   Education  Investment"  to  the                                                                    
     "Alaska Education Innovation Grant".                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
     Section 15: AS 43.56.018(a)                                                                                            
     Conforming  Language to  change  the name  of the  fund                                                                    
     from  "Alaska  Higher   Education  Investment"  to  the                                                                    
     "Alaska Education Innovation Grant".                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
     Section 16: AS 43.65.018(a)                                                                                            
     Conforming  Language to  change  the name  of the  fund                                                                    
     from  "Alaska  Higher   Education  Investment"  to  the                                                                    
     "Alaska Education Innovation Grant".                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
     Section 17: AS 43.75.018(a)                                                                                            
     Conforming  Language to  change  the name  of the  fund                                                                    
     from  "Alaska  Higher   Education  Investment"  to  the                                                                    
     "Alaska Education Innovation Grant".                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
     Section 18: AS 43.77.045(a)                                                                                            
     Conforming  Language to  change  the name  of the  fund                                                                    
     from  "Alaska  Higher   Education  Investment"  to  the                                                                    
     "Alaska Education Innovation Grant".                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
     Section 19: AS 14.03.113                                                                                               
     AS 14.03.113, "District's  determination of scholarship                                                                    
     eligibility" is repealed July 1, 2017                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
     Section 20                                                                                                             
     Repeals the following sections on Feb. 1, 2021.                                                                            
     Article 8: Alaska Education Grant Program                                                                                  
   - AS 14.43.400 - Purpose; creation                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
   - AS 14.43.405 - Administration                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
   - AS 14.43.406 - Applicability of other laws                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
   - AS 14.43.415 - Eligibility; priority                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
   - AS 14.43.420 - Limitation on grants                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
     Article 12: Alaska Performance Scholarship Program                                                                         
   - AS 14.43.810 - Alaska performance scholarship program                                                                      
     established; regulations                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
   - AS 14.43.820 - Alaska performance scholarship program;                                                                     
     eligibility                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
   - AS 14.43.825 - Maximum annual awards                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
   - AS 14.43.830 - Qualified postsecondary institutions                                                                        
   - AS 14.43.840 - Report to the Legislature                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
   - AS 14.43.849 - Definitions                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
     Article 13 General Provisions                                                                                              
   - AS 14.43.915 - Alaska education grant account and                                                                          
     Alaska performance scholarship award account                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
     Article 9: Alaska Higher Education Investment Fund                                                                         
   - AS 37.14.750(c) - As soon as is practicable after July                                                                     
     1  of  each year,  the  commissioner  of revenue  shall                                                                    
     determine the  market value of the  fund established in                                                                    
     this section  on June 30 for  the immediately preceding                                                                    
     fiscal  year.  The  commissioner shall  identify  seven                                                                    
     percent of  that amount as available  for appropriation                                                                    
     as  follows:  (1)  one-third   for  the  grant  account                                                                    
     established  under  AS 14.43.915AS  14.43.915(b),  from                                                                  
     which the Alaska  Commission on Postsecondary Education                                                                    
     may  award scholarships.  (a),  from  which the  Alaska                                                                  
     Commission   on  Postsecondary   Education  may   award                                                                  
     grants; and (2) two-thirds  for the scholarship account                                                                  
     established under                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
3:59:33 PM                                                                                                                    
     Section 21: Applicability Section                                                                                        
     The  Alaska Commission  on Postsecondary  Education may                                                                    
     only  award an  APS  to  a new  applicant  if they  are                                                                    
     determined  eligible  by   their  school  district  and                                                                    
     reported  as eligible  to  DEED on  or  before July  1,                                                                    
     2017.                                                                                                                      
     Section 22: Transition                                                                                                   
     The  Departments of:  Education and  Early Development,                                                                    
     Labor   and  Workforce   Development  and   the  Alaska                                                                    
     Commission   on  Postsecondary   Education  may   adopt                                                                    
     regulations  to  implement  necessary changes  made  by                                                                    
     this act.  The regulations  may only take  effect after                                                                    
     the law is implemented.                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
     Section 23: Retroactivity                                                                                                
     If Sections  3-5 and 19  of this Act take  effect after                                                                    
     July 1, 2017, then sections 3-5  and 19 of this act are                                                                    
     retroactive to July 1, 2017.                                                                                               
     Section 24: Effective Dates                                                                                              
     Sections 2, 9, and 11 take effect Feb. 1, 2021.                                                                            
     Section 25: Effective Date                                                                                               
        Except for Sections 2, 9, and 11, this act takes                                                                        
     effect immediately.                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
4:00:42 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR BEGICH  voiced concern  about a  policy bill  coming from                                                               
Senate Finance Committee at this  late date. He said Sections 12-                                                               
17 are amendments  to Education Tax Credit that is  set to sunset                                                               
next year. He said that he  has crafted an amendment to extend it                                                               
seven more years, if the  sponsor is interested. He asked whether                                                               
Senator Coghill will be offering it as a bill.                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
4:02:53 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR BEGICH  related that the  Innovation Grant  Fund provides                                                               
support to offset cuts proposed  by the Senate Finance Committee.                                                               
He asked how much is in the Grant Fund for this fiscal year.                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
4:03:36 PM                                                                                                                    
MS.  HUTCHISON said  the amount  in the  Alaska Higher  Education                                                               
Investment  will   be  transferred  into  the   Alaska  Education                                                               
Innovation Grant Fund. That amount currently is $349 million.                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR BEGICH asked  if the entire amount will  be available for                                                               
the Grant Fund.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
MS. HUTCHISON  explained that  the whole Grant  Fund will  not be                                                               
available;  the Alaska  Performance  Scholarship  and the  Alaska                                                               
Higher Education Investment  must be funded for  four more years,                                                               
as well as non-designated appropriations.                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
4:04:36 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR BEGICH asked how much will be available.                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
MS. HUTCHISON offered get that information.                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
4:05:08 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR HUGHES thought there might be $100 million left.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
MS. HUTCHISON said  she has seen the figures of  $100 million and                                                               
$118 million.                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR BEGICH  explained that there  is a one-time  decrement of                                                               
$69 million that lowers the BSA and follows through over time.                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
4:05:52 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR HUGHES  stated that  the formula is  not being  change. She                                                               
said  the idea  is to  help districts  come up  with new  ways to                                                               
provide classroom  instruction and serve as  lasting changes. The                                                               
Innovation Grants would no longer be needed year after year.                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
4:06:43 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR BEGICH restated  his question for the  benefit of Senator                                                               
MacKinnon, sponsor, who just joined the meeting.                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
4:07:01 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR  ANNA MACKINNON,  Alaska State  Legislature, speaking  on                                                               
behalf  of the  Senate Finance  Committee, explained  why Senator                                                               
Begich's analysis was  not correct. She noted  the starting point                                                               
of $349,360,778 in  the FY18 Governor's budget  for the Education                                                               
Innovation Grant Fund.  There are different draws on  the Fund in                                                               
both the House and Senate, so  she cannot provide a balance after                                                               
those are taken. Also, two  other bills before the committee will                                                               
draw from  the Fund,  should SB  103 pass. If  the APS  stays the                                                               
same, it will also draw from  the Fund. In addition, they propose                                                               
to use a one-time expense in  the e-rate bill, and the curriculum                                                               
bill will  probably pay  for a DEED  advisor. She  concluded that                                                               
she does  not know what the  final number will look  like because                                                               
there are  different ways the  money could be reduced  over time.                                                               
She is  expecting fiscal  notes for  SB 102, SB  103, and  SB 104                                                               
soon.                                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
She spoke of the APS funding ramp down over four years.                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
4:09:39 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR  MACKINNON discussed  the huge  budget shortfall  and the                                                               
fact that she  has met with districts regarding  their needs. She                                                               
said the  bill is designed  with no funds available,  except from                                                               
drawing from savings to keep  afloat the current system. The bill                                                               
retools  a fund  where  there are  dollars  available to  provide                                                               
students with  better outcomes  at state  and global  levels. The                                                               
bill  is intended  to keep  afloat the  current system  and allow                                                               
students  to have  better outcomes.  It takes  existing resources                                                               
and uses  them for a  constitutionally required benefit  for K-12                                                               
students.                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
4:11:26 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR  BEGICH agreed  there is  a constitutional  obligation to                                                               
provide an adequate education. He  noted that the Grant Fund does                                                               
not continue into perpetuity.                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR MACKINNON said that is  dependent on the legislature. She                                                               
countered that  "we are  required to  provide a  basic education,                                                               
not an  adequate education." She  said she wants all  children to                                                               
succeed  and pursue  their dreams  and it  is her  hope that  the                                                               
Grant Fund  would continue to  be a bridge to  provide additional                                                               
opportunities. She explained that the  Senate's budget is using a                                                               
portion of  the Grant Fund to  pay the debt down  of the unfunded                                                               
PERS  and TRS  liability.  The conference  committee, should  the                                                               
budgets pass, would  have the option of leaving the  money in the                                                               
Grant Fund or  using it for a one-time  expense. There originally                                                               
was much more in the Grant  Fund and it has decreased. About $350                                                               
million is available now for  the legislature and the Governor to                                                               
consider its best use.                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
4:14:06 PM                                                                                                                    
She added that  e-rate and reoccurring costs would  also come out                                                               
of the Grant Fund.                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR BEGICH stated  that the bill phases out the  APS by 2021.                                                               
He asked if it was also phasing out the needs-based Scholarship.                                                                
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR MACKINNON said yes.                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR BEGICH  noted there would  be future competition  for the                                                               
grants  by 53  school districts  resulting in  inequities created                                                               
due to the skill level of  grant writers. He hoped there would be                                                               
consideration for a fairer playing field.                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
4:15:28 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR MACKINNON  replied that DEED  is involved in  the process                                                               
of working with districts to provide a level playing field.                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR HUGHES  noted that DEED  is present  in the room  and hears                                                               
the discussion.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
She  understood  that  the  Innovation Grants  will  be  able  to                                                               
continue without ongoing funds.                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
4:16:40 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR MACKINNON  said that is one  way to look at  it. The bill                                                               
provides that DEED  would come to the legislature in  the form of                                                               
a budget request  after working with school  districts across the                                                               
state and after  gaining support by the State  Board of Education                                                               
and  the Governor.  They could  be ongoing,  depending on  what a                                                               
district chooses to do.                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR  MACKINNON stated  that it  is not  fun to  close down  a                                                               
program  that is  benefitting students,  however, the  state must                                                               
prioritize  the money  it is  currently utilizing.  This proposal                                                               
would  benefit all  students in  Alaska, while  the APS  benefits                                                               
only a few hundred  or a thousand. She said her  desire is not to                                                               
pit one program against the other,  but to have the same students                                                               
benefit from the program, sooner  rather than later, so that they                                                               
are prepared to enter college or a vocational program.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
4:18:28 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR BEGICH voiced concern, not about  the end of the APS, but                                                               
about  the  $69 million  removed  from  the BSA  for  competitive                                                               
grants.  He asked  if they  are directing  districts as  to where                                                               
they can put their resources.                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR  MACKINNON said  no. She  recalled  the press  conference                                                               
yesterday where  the bill was  mentioned as innovation  she hoped                                                               
districts could use.  She said the $68 million cut  to the BSA is                                                               
a different discussion and  SB 103 is not tied to  it. The cut is                                                               
in response  to a proposed $13  billion to be drawn  from savings                                                               
with  a section  of government  she  believes is  taking over  30                                                               
percent of  designated general  funds and  applying a  small cut,                                                               
compared to other cuts that are being made in other departments.                                                                
                                                                                                                                
She  said her  intent  is  to provide  a  bridge  to the  future.                                                               
Everyone wants  what is  best for  kids, but there  is a  need to                                                               
change together.  She looks to  the Board of Education  and DEED,                                                               
working  with  school  districts,   to  come  up  with  something                                                               
everyone can support.                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
She  spoke of  how  the  e-rate bill  could  be  used to  support                                                               
smaller  districts.  She  pointed  out that  none  of  the  bills                                                               
mandate anyone to do anything. She  hoped to work together on BSA                                                               
concerns. She  concluded that  cuts to  the budget  are difficult                                                               
for  everyone and  are part  of a  process. They  will try  to do                                                               
everything possible to put students first.                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
4:23:05 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR HUGHES  said during all exploratory  hearings on education,                                                               
it  has  been  highlighted  that  Alaska  is  not  fully  meeting                                                               
students'   education  needs   and  there   is  a   disparity  in                                                               
achievement.  The Senate  Education Committee  is trying  to step                                                               
out of the box to be  innovative and to change those results. She                                                               
said the  timing is  right, with good  leadership and  the Alaska                                                               
Innovative Challenge.  She has had  conversations with  people in                                                               
other states  and has concluded that  Alaska will be a  leader in                                                               
this mission. She said they  will work together with both bodies,                                                               
the administration,  and districts  to effect  change and  make a                                                               
difference. She appreciated Senator MacKinnon's work.                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
4:25:24 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR GIESSEL underscored Chair  Hughes comments. She said that                                                               
there  have been  discussions about  innovation in  education the                                                               
past four  years. She said  the state  cannot continue to  do the                                                               
same thing and  expect different results. Funding  is not getting                                                               
to  the  classrooms  and  allowing teachers  to  teach  to  their                                                               
highest capacity. She said she is supportive of SB 103.                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
4:26:33 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR  HUGHES  agreed  that  teachers  need  the  freedom  to  be                                                               
flexible and creative.                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
4:26:51 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR BEGICH  related that he  believes in the same  things and                                                               
supports innovation.  He agreed that these  bills are innovative,                                                               
however, the  process is concerning.  There is an  odd disconnect                                                               
between these bills  and what is going on  overall with education                                                               
funding. He  requested looking at everything  together. The three                                                               
bills are  laudable. He requested  to be sure that  due diligence                                                               
is used.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR HUGHES held SB 103 in committee.                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
                  SB 104-EDUCATION CURRICULUM                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
4:29:19 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR HUGHES announced the consideration of SB 104.                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR ANNA MACKINNON, Alaska State Legislature, speaking on                                                                   
behalf of the Senate Finance Committee, explained that SB 104                                                                   
proposes to suspend curriculum adoption for schools for three                                                                   
years and allow time to work with DEED to find best practices                                                                   
and curriculum from other states and nations that have better                                                                   
outcomes than Alaska has, specifically for math and Language                                                                    
Arts                                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
4:30:05 PM                                                                                                                    
MS. HUTCHISON provided the sectional analysis:                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
     Section 1 AS 14.07                                                                                                     
   A) Adds a new section titled, "Curriculum Approval and                                                                       
     Review".                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
   B) This section allows the State Board of Education (BOE)                                                                    
     to approve of  all curricula from the  largest 5 school                                                                    
     districts,  based  on the  2015-2016  ADM  and 2  rural                                                                    
     school  districts,  chosen by  the  BOE,  and makes  it                                                                    
     available  for  all  school  districts  to  use,  on  a                                                                    
     voluntary basis.                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
   C) The Department of Education and Early Development                                                                         
     (DEED),  in consultation  with school  districts, shall                                                                    
     review  curricula  used  in   other  states  and  other                                                                    
     countries  to   find  the   best  curricula   and  best                                                                    
     practices  in the  areas of  Math and  English language                                                                    
     arts. DEED has  one year to complete  this review. DEED                                                                    
     shall then implement a way  to test this new curricula,                                                                    
     for a  period of  two years,  to make  sure that  it is                                                                    
     appropriate and  then submit  it to  the State  BOE for                                                                    
     approval.                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
   D) DEED may submit the curriculum to the BOE for                                                                             
     approval, after  testing, if it meets  the requirements                                                                    
     of     being:     appropriate,    incompliance     with                                                                    
     nondiscrimination   standards,    aligned   with   stat                                                                    
     education  standards, and  result in  improved academic                                                                    
     achievement for students                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
   E) If the State BOE approves of the curriculum, they                                                                         
     shall  make it  available for  all school  districts to                                                                    
     use on a voluntary basis.                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
   F) The State BOE shall adopt standards for the approval                                                                      
     of the curriculum and best practices.                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
   G) School districts do not have to have their math and                                                                       
     English  language   arts  curriculum  go   through  the                                                                    
     approval or  review process for three  years. After the                                                                    
     three years, if a school  district adopts the BOE's new                                                                    
     approved  curriculum  for  math  and  English  language                                                                    
     arts,  they do  not  need that  curriculum reviewed  or                                                                    
     approved.                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
   H) Defines School District as having the meaning given in                                                                    
     AS 14.30.350.                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
4:31:13 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR HUGHES asked if curriculum review will be an on-going task                                                                
for DEED.                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
MS. HUTCHISON said it would be a one-time provision.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR HUGHES suggested considering that it may be needed more                                                                   
often.                                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR MACKINNON reported  that over a year ago  she submitted a                                                               
letter to the State Board  of Education requesting that they take                                                               
on  the  responsibility  of finding  curriculum  appropriate  for                                                               
smaller districts.  She said that  DEED has lost  most curriculum                                                               
specialists, so a  fiscal note might be  warranted. If curriculum                                                               
were to be adopted by the State  Board as a matter of practice on                                                               
a regular  basis, then smaller  school districts could  choose to                                                               
look to the  State Board for curriculum review  for possible cost                                                               
savings. She concluded  that it is not in the  bill in perpetuity                                                               
because she believes it is  a State Board responsibility and they                                                               
should work together  with DEED and districts to see  if there is                                                               
interest and cost savings.                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
4:33:21 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR  BEGICH understood  that  the fiscal  note would  provide                                                               
funding for DEED. He asked if the  bill's intent is not to have a                                                               
mandate for  math and English,  but to prepare the  curriculum so                                                               
that a local district may choose it.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR MACKINNON said  yes; it is an opt-in and  has no mandate.                                                               
She hoped  the State  Board would  agree that it  is of  value to                                                               
smaller school district. Many of  the "big five" school districts                                                               
are already  using similar curriculum.  Small districts  may have                                                               
more varied curriculum.                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR BEGICH  commented on the  great innovations  happening in                                                               
Copper River School  District and in Chugach  School District. He                                                               
suggested  curriculum  for  small   districts  might  already  be                                                               
available.  He wanted  to ensure  the power  of the  local school                                                               
board.                                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR  MACKINNON   said  local  control  is   mandated  in  the                                                               
constitution and the  bill tries to honor that.  She agreed there                                                               
are great performing districts in Alaska.                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
4:36:13 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR HUGHES  asked what  it costs  a district  to review  a K-12                                                               
curriculum.                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
MS. HUTCHISON said  DEED told her it cost about  $323 per student                                                               
to update curriculum.                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
4:37:05 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR HUGHES stated she would hold SB 104 in committee.                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
4:37:24 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR  MACKINNON stated  that  they are  not pre-assuming  cost                                                               
savings  in districts  in any  amount.  All provisions  are on  a                                                               
volunteer  basis. She  noted  it is  an open  dialogue  and is  a                                                               
process.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR HUGHES concluded  that there could be  savings by districts                                                               
if they decided to go with some of the provisions in the bill.                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
4:38:26 PM                                                                                                                    
JENNIFER MCNICHOL, Vice President,  Sitka School Board, testified                                                               
on SB  102, SB 103,  and SB 104. She  said they have  no problems                                                               
with the  internet provisions  in SB 102,  however, they  do have                                                               
concerns about  micromanagement and diverting funds  from general                                                               
education.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
She spoke  to SB  104 and the  provision against  maintaining the                                                               
APS.  She pointed  to  successes  due to  the  APS and  students'                                                               
choices  to  attend UAS  because  of  it.  There will  be  ripple                                                               
effects  from discontinuing  the fund,  such as  students leaving                                                               
the state for education and  not returning. She recalled that APS                                                               
was also  on the block last  year and students came  to lobby for                                                               
it.                                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
4:42:06 PM                                                                                                                    
MS. MCNICHOL spoke of concerns  about the Innovative Grants being                                                               
subject to legislative appropriation.  There is no guarantee they                                                               
will be  available in future  years. The district has  been under                                                               
budget constraints and has been  trimming their budget, which has                                                               
led  to some  wonderful innovations,  such as  collaboration with                                                               
non-profits and  using more grants.  However, there are  costs in                                                               
administering  grants. The  overall  feeling by  the district  is                                                               
that they would  rather have more general  education funding than                                                               
pursuing and competing for grants.                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
4:44:06 PM                                                                                                                    
MS.  MCNICHOL addressed  the achievement  gap and  poor outcomes.                                                               
She pointed  out that in  the past two  to three years  there has                                                               
been no consistent statewide assessment.  Things may have changed                                                               
that have not been measured.                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MS.  MCNICHOL voiced  a concern  in SB  104 regarding  curriculum                                                               
review.  She liked  the  notion  of fiscal  support  for DEED  to                                                               
develop math  and English curriculum, however,  a one-time review                                                               
of  curricula is  a  concern. Districts  are  mandated to  review                                                               
curricula every  six years, which seems  reasonable. They support                                                               
best  practices  for  curricula,  but  also  highly  value  local                                                               
control.  Sitka  is  in  the  midst  of  implementing  culturally                                                               
responsive programming at every level  in every class. She feared                                                               
the  pressure to  adopt a  statewide curriculum  would jeopardize                                                               
that  effort. She  was happy  it  was not  mandated. She  thanked                                                               
committee members for their service.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
4:47:18 PM                                                                                                                    
PETE   HOEPFNER,   Superintendent,   Cordova   School   District,                                                               
testified  on SB  102, SB  103, and  SB 104.  He said  increasing                                                               
bandwidth, as provided  in SB 102, is a good  idea, but they have                                                               
concerns with  SB 103 about  the elimination  of the APS  and the                                                               
rigorous course work it requires.  Students have been focusing on                                                               
a  rigorous  pathway  in  order   to  qualify  for  the  APS.  He                                                               
questioned  how long  the innovation  grants would  be available.                                                               
Regarding  SB  104,   he  noted  that  Cordova   has  a  six-year                                                               
curriculum review schedule.                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
4:49:57 PM                                                                                                                    
PENNY  VADLA,  Vice  President,  Kenai  Peninsula  School  Board,                                                               
testified on  SB 102, SB 103,  and SB 104. She  said the district                                                               
has not  had enough  time to thoroughly  consider the  bills. She                                                               
commented that the broadband in SB  102 would be nice for schools                                                               
who lack  enough access. She spoke  in favor of keeping  the APS,                                                               
not eliminating  it as  proposed in  SB 103  because it  helps so                                                               
many students and keeps them in Alaska.                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
She noted  some issues  with the  Innovation Grant  because KPBSD                                                               
has  been very  good with  innovation and  has used  efficiencies                                                               
well.  They have  used Digital  Incentive  Grants for  innovative                                                               
purposes and already have new programs  in place. They have a lot                                                               
of  knowledge   and  can  share   their  curriculum   with  other                                                               
districts. She did not think  DEED needs to look out-of-state for                                                               
innovative  curricula. She  stressed  the  importance of  looking                                                               
inward for innovation, making use  of professional development to                                                               
share it, and saving money.                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
4:53:21 PM                                                                                                                    
MS. VADLA  stated that  curriculum review  in KPBSD  is happening                                                               
currently  in the  areas of  math and  English. She  stressed the                                                               
importance of  cultural inclusion in curriculum.  She opined that                                                               
some of the test results in Alaska  are good, such as ACT in math                                                               
and reading, which  are above national norms.  She encouraged the                                                               
committee to  believe that results  aren't necessarily  poor. She                                                               
noted  that   districts  are   already  partnering   and  sharing                                                               
information.                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
4:56:09 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR HUGHES  agreed that Kenai  was doing great things  and said                                                               
the  committee was  able to  participate in  a virtual  classroom                                                               
with them.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
4:56:35 PM                                                                                                                    
JEANNIE KITAYAMA,  Member, Haines  School Board, testified  on SB                                                               
102,  SB  103, and  SB  104.  She said  she  is  a newly  retired                                                               
teacher.  She  agreed  with  previous  testimony  by  experienced                                                               
school board members. She spoke  in favor of increased broadband,                                                               
and  the retention  of  the  APS. She  thought  innovation was  a                                                               
popular buzz  word. She  said charter  schools were  developed in                                                               
order to try different ideas,  taking successful ones into public                                                               
schools.  She  commented  that  Alaska  Schools  are  unique  and                                                               
diverse. She questioned whether a  curriculum could be found that                                                               
would fit every school.                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
4:58:37 PM                                                                                                                    
CASS POOK,  Member, Sitka School  Board, testified on SB  102, SB                                                               
103, and SB  104. She spoke in opposition to  doing away with the                                                               
APS. She  shared a personal  story about her  son who would  be a                                                               
beneficiary of the APS.                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
She said the state  would not need to be looking  at the bills if                                                               
there  had been  adequate funding  for the  past 8-10  years. She                                                               
asked how they  can work together to ensure that  more things are                                                               
not taken away. She thanked the committee for their work.                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
5:01:39 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR HUGHES noted public testimony would continue tomorrow.                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR HUGHES held SB 104 in committee.                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
5:03:00 PM                                                                                                                    
There being  no further  business to  come before  the committee,                                                               
Chair Hughes  adjourned the  Senate Education  Standing Committee                                                               
at 5:03 p.m.                                                                                                                    

Document Name Date/Time Subjects
SB 102 - Sponsor Statement.pdf SEDC 4/4/2017 3:30:00 PM
SB 102
SB 102 - Legislation Ver. A.PDF SEDC 4/4/2017 3:30:00 PM
SB 102
SB 102 - Sectional Analysis.pdf SEDC 4/4/2017 3:30:00 PM
SB 102
SB 102 - Supporting Document - Alaska Schools Under 25mbps.pdf SEDC 4/4/2017 3:30:00 PM
SB 102
SB 102 - Supporting Document - FY17 BAG Awards (2).pdf SEDC 4/4/2017 3:30:00 PM
SB 102
SB 103 - Sponsor Statement.pdf SEDC 4/4/2017 3:30:00 PM
SB 103
SB 103 - Legislation Ver. O.PDF SEDC 4/4/2017 3:30:00 PM
SB 103
SB 103 - Sectional Analysis.pdf SEDC 4/4/2017 3:30:00 PM
SB 103
SB 103 - Supporting Document - APS.pdf SEDC 4/4/2017 3:30:00 PM
SB 103
SB 103 - Supporting Document - High School to College.pdf SEDC 4/4/2017 3:30:00 PM
SB 103
SB 103 - Supporting Document - UA Remediation Rates 2006-2016.pdf SEDC 4/4/2017 3:30:00 PM
SB 103
SB 103 - Supporting Document - 2015-2016 Graduation Rates.pdf SEDC 4/4/2017 3:30:00 PM
SB 103
SB 103 - Supporting Document - AEG.pdf SEDC 4/4/2017 3:30:00 PM
SB 103
SB 104 - Sponsor Statement.pdf SEDC 4/4/2017 3:30:00 PM
SB 104
SB 104 - Legislation Ver. J.PDF SEDC 4/4/2017 3:30:00 PM
SB 104
SB 104 - Sectional Analysis.pdf SEDC 4/4/2017 3:30:00 PM
SB 104