Legislature(2019 - 2020)BUTROVICH 205

03/03/2020 09:00 AM EDUCATION

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09:00:08 AM Start
09:00:53 AM Confirmation Hearing(s): Alaska State Board of Education and Early Development
09:39:48 AM HB109
09:48:03 AM Adjourn
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+ Consideration of Governor's Appointees: TELECONFERENCED
Board of Education & Early Development
- Keith Hamilton
- Lorri Van Diest
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                    ALASKA STATE LEGISLATURE                                                                                  
              SENATE EDUCATION STANDING COMMITTEE                                                                             
                         March 3, 2020                                                                                          
                           9:00 a.m.                                                                                            
MEMBERS PRESENT                                                                                                               
Senator Gary Stevens, Chair                                                                                                     
Senator Shelley Hughes, Vice Chair                                                                                              
Senator Tom Begich                                                                                                              
MEMBERS ABSENT                                                                                                                
Senator John Coghill                                                                                                            
Senator Mia Costello                                                                                                            
COMMITTEE CALENDAR                                                                                                            
CONFIRMATION HEARING:                                                                                                           
Alaska State Board of Education and Early Development                                                                         
Lorri Van Diest - Palmer                                                                                                        
Keith Hamilton - Soldotna                                                                                                       
     - CONFIRMATIONS ADVANCED                                                                                                   
COMMITTEE SUBSTITUTE FOR HOUSE BILL NO. 109(EDC) AM                                                                             
"An Act relating to residency requirements for public school                                                                    
enrollment for certain children of active duty military and                                                                     
National Guard members."                                                                                                        
     - HEARD & HELD                                                                                                             
PREVIOUS COMMITTEE ACTION                                                                                                     
BILL: HB 109                                                                                                                  
SHORT TITLE: MILITARY CHILDREN SCHOOL RESIDENCY WAIVER                                                                          
SPONSOR(s): REPRESENTATIVE(s) LEDOUX                                                                                            
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                         TUCK, LEDOUX                                                                                           
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05/11/19       (H)       NR: HOPKINS                                                                                            
05/11/19       (H)       AM: REVAK                                                                                              
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WITNESS REGISTER                                                                                                              
LORRI VAN DIEST, Governor's Appointee                                                                                           
Alaska Board of Education and Early Development                                                                                 
Palmer, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT: Testified as appointee to the Alaska Board                                                                
of Education and Early Development.                                                                                             
KEITH HAMILTON, D.Min., Governor's Appointee                                                                                    
Alaska Board of Education and Early Development                                                                                 
Soldotna, Alaska                                                                                                                
POSITION STATEMENT: Testified as appointee to the Alaska Board                                                                
of Education and Early Development.                                                                                             
REPRESENTATIVE GABRIELLE LEDOUX                                                                                                 
Alaska State Legislature                                                                                                        
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT: Testified as sponsor of HB 109.                                                                           
DENEEN TUCK, Staff                                                                                                              
Representative Gabrielle LeDoux                                                                                                 
Alaska State Legislature                                                                                                        
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT: Answered question about HB 109.                                                                           
ACTION NARRATIVE                                                                                                              
9:00:08 AM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR  GARY   STEVENS  called   the  Senate   Education  Standing                                                             
Committee meeting  to order at 9:00  a.m. Present at the  call to                                                               
order were Senators Begich, Hughes, and Chair Stevens.                                                                          
^CONFIRMATION  HEARING(S): Alaska  State Board  of Education  and                                                               
Early Development                                                                                                               
                    CONFIRMATION HEARING(S)                                                                                 
     Alaska State Board of Education and Early Development                                                                  
9:00:53 AM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR STEVENS announced  the confirmation hearing for  two of the                                                               
governor's appointees to the Alaska  State Board of Education and                                                               
Early Development.                                                                                                              
9:01:29 AM                                                                                                                    
At ease                                                                                                                         
9:01:33 AM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR STEVENS  reconvened the meeting  and asked  appointee Lorri                                                               
Van Diest to introduce herself.                                                                                                 
9:02:52 AM                                                                                                                    
LORRI VAN DIEST, Governor's Appointee,  Alaska Board of Education                                                               
and Early  Development, Palmer, Alaska, said  she was reappointed                                                               
by the  governor. She had served  the remaining two years  of Mr.                                                               
Harmon's term after being appointed  by Governor Walker. She said                                                               
she is  a life-long Alaskan  who grew  up in Seward  and followed                                                               
her father's  footsteps by joining  the teaching  profession. She                                                               
began  her career  at Seward  High  School. It  was rewarding  to                                                               
teach students that  she had babysat in her  earlier years. After                                                               
getting married, she moved to the  Mat-Su Valley. She was part of                                                               
the original  staff of Colony  High School where she  taught math                                                               
and  became a  secondary guidance  counselor. She  transferred to                                                               
Teeland Middle  School and has  spent her  last six years  in the                                                               
Mat-Su  School   District  office   working  as   the  curriculum                                                               
MS. VAN  DIEST said  she retired from  the Mat-Su  Borough School                                                               
District  in 2010  to become  a  full-time teacher  to her  three                                                               
children.  Four  years  ago  she  became  a  substitute  guidance                                                               
counselor and is currently an  elementary counselor at a Title I,                                                               
high-needs school. Having  boots on the ground at  a local school                                                               
gives her  direct insight  into the daily  workings of  a school.                                                               
She  brings this  perspective to  the  board. She  has spent  the                                                               
majority  of  her  career  in public  education  as  a  classroom                                                               
teacher, guidance  counselor, coach, and  curriculum coordinator.                                                               
Her focus has been and continues  to be the safety, health, well-                                                               
being of students.  The state's children must feel  safe in their                                                               
school  environment  and  have  a  connection  to  their  school.                                                               
Establishing  relationships  and   building  connections  between                                                               
students  and staff  is a  critical component  to the  safety and                                                               
well-being  of  students. When  students  do  not feel  safe  and                                                               
connected,  the learning  of  reading,  writing, and  mathematics                                                               
does not go very well.                                                                                                          
MS. VAN  DIEST said that after  she was seated on  the board, she                                                               
learned about the Alaska Education  Challenge. She was pleasantly                                                               
surprised  to find  that  one  of the  five  trajectories of  the                                                               
challenge is  to "improve the  safety and well-being  of students                                                               
through  school  partnerships  with  families,  communities,  and                                                               
tribes."  The board  has adopted  the Alaska  Education Challenge                                                               
and this  framework has guided  its work. The board  has directed                                                               
the   commissioner  of   Department   of   Education  and   Early                                                               
Development  (DEED) to  focus  on the  components  of the  Alaska                                                               
Education  Challenge.  Current  legislation  corresponds  to  the                                                               
goals of Alaska  Education Challenge, including SB  6, the Alaska                                                               
Reads  Act, sponsored  by  Senator Begich,  which  has given  all                                                               
Alaskans hope  that children can  achieve the goal of  reading by                                                               
the  end of  third grade.  SB 13,  related to  tribal compacting,                                                               
sponsored by Senator Stevens, is  a clear conversation starter on                                                               
the priorities  that many Alaskans  want to see in  the education                                                               
system. These bills show direct  ties to the strategic priorities                                                               
of the Alaska Education Challenge.                                                                                              
9:07:38 AM                                                                                                                    
MS. VAN DIEST shared that as  she thinks about the opportunity to                                                               
serve  on the  Board  of  Education another  term,  she wants  to                                                               
continue the strategic work the  board has adopted. She serves as                                                               
the  Regulations   Committee  chair.   The  committee   has  been                                                               
reviewing each of the education  regulations. The committee works                                                               
with  DEED's  staff to  determine  where  a regulation  needs  to                                                               
remain  as  is, be  revised,  or  be removed.  When  stakeholders                                                               
express a  need for regulation  change, the committee  reviews it                                                               
and makes  recommendations to the  board. The  revised regulation                                                               
then goes  through the review  process by all  stakeholders prior                                                               
to being considered for adoption.                                                                                               
MS. VAN  DIEST said  her goals  for the future  of the  state are                                                               
aligned with the framework of  the Alaska Education Challenge and                                                               
the  state's  school  system. The  indicators  in  Every  Student                                                               
Succeeds   Act  dovetail   nicely  with   the  Alaska   Education                                                               
Challenge. She  would like  to see  the state's  proficiency rate                                                               
increase  in grade  three language  arts  and continued  academic                                                               
growth and achievement in English  language arts and mathematics.                                                               
The  components  in  the  Alaska  Reads  Act  are  geared  toward                                                               
increasing   student   reading   achievement   and   performance,                                                               
particularly at pre-K  through grade three. She wants  to see the                                                               
graduation  rate  increase  from  80 percent  and  wants  to  see                                                               
chronic absenteeism decrease from 29 percent.                                                                                   
MS. VAN  DIEST said in  addition to  student goals, she  wants to                                                               
see  the university  system graduate  more Alaskan  teachers. The                                                               
state needs more  teachers and once the state gets  them, it must                                                               
work to keep them.                                                                                                              
MS. VAN DIEST  said that in addition to supporting  the goals and                                                               
indicators of  the Alaska Education  Challenge, she wants  to see                                                               
stable   and  affordable   funding  of   education  with   fiscal                                                               
discipline for those  funds. For example, the  Board of Education                                                               
regulation committee  is working to reduce  regulatory restraints                                                               
on districts to  allow more flexibility within  state and federal                                                               
laws in  spending practices. The  board will continue to  use the                                                               
Alaska Education  Challenge strategic  plan to focus  efforts and                                                               
navigate this challenging time in the state.                                                                                    
She said the board is committed  to DEED's vision of ensuring all                                                               
students succeed  in their education  and work,  shape satisfying                                                               
and worthwhile  lives for themselves,  exemplify the  best values                                                               
of  society, and  be  effective in  improving  the character  and                                                               
quality of the world about them.                                                                                                
CHAIR  STEVENS  said  the  committee  appreciates  her  years  of                                                               
dedicated  service to  the children  and schools  of Alaska.  She                                                               
answered his questions  about what she intended to  do to improve                                                               
education in Alaska.                                                                                                            
9:11:27 AM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR BEGICH  pointed out that SB  6, the Alaska Reads  Act, is                                                               
in partnership with the governor  and the work of Senator Hughes,                                                               
Senator Stevens, and  Senator Costello. He asked  for more detail                                                               
about the regulatory changes the committee is reviewing.                                                                        
MS. VAN DIEST  replied the regulation committee  has been working                                                               
with the DEED  director of teaching certification  on Chapter 12,                                                               
the certification  of teachers to  find alternative  pathways for                                                               
certification that also meet the  needs of students and teachers.                                                               
One regulatory  change is coming  before the board for  the first                                                               
reading, so the  board can hear from stakeholders, at  the end of                                                               
March. The board  is trying to decrease regulations  that seem to                                                               
be prohibitive to school districts as  well as to make changes to                                                               
give school districts more flexibility in hiring teachers.                                                                      
SENATOR  BEGICH responded  that finding  alternative pathways  to                                                               
certification  raises a  red flag  because he  does not  want the                                                               
state to lower  the standards for certification. He  asked her to                                                               
elaborate on that effort.                                                                                                       
MS.  VAN DIEST  replied  the board  and  regulation committee  is                                                               
cognizant  of   maintaining  standards  for   certification,  but                                                               
understands that the  state has a teacher  shortage and retention                                                               
difficulties.  She offered  to provide  her notes  from the  last                                                               
regulatory  committee  meeting  to   speak  about  the  emergency                                                               
SENATOR BEGICH said that isn't  necessary; the committee will see                                                               
that  information later.  He referenced  disturbing presentations                                                               
about  the  university's  ability  to produce  teachers  and  the                                                               
spirited conversations the committee has  had about what it takes                                                               
to produce  more teachers in the  state of Alaska. He  asked what                                                               
the  board is  looking at  to address  the teacher  shortage more                                                               
directly with the university.                                                                                                   
MS.  VAN DIEST  replied it  would help  for the  Alaska Board  of                                                               
Education and  Early Development  to be  more connected  with the                                                               
University of  Alaska Board  of Regents. In  the past,  the State                                                               
Board  had meetings  with  the  Board of  Regents  to talk  about                                                               
university issues.                                                                                                              
MS.  VAN DIEST  shared  that  she recently  completed  a week  in                                                               
Juneau with  her daughter for  Close Up. Many students  were from                                                               
rural villages.  These students  talked about  how many  of their                                                               
teachers did not  even finish teaching the whole  school year. It                                                               
is important that students decide  to become teachers and go back                                                               
and teach in their villages. She  said she thinks that SB 136 can                                                               
SENATOR  BEGICH  said he  agrees  with  the suggestion  that  the                                                               
Alaska Board of Education and the Board of Regents meet.                                                                        
9:19:29 AM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR HUGHES  offered her understanding  that the  Alaska Board                                                               
of Education  has reached out to  the Board of Regents  to have a                                                               
joint  meeting  but  it  has   been  difficult  to  achieve.  She                                                               
suggested  that if  there  is any  hesitation  or pushback  about                                                               
joint  meetings, the  legislature  could consider  making that  a                                                               
CHAIR STEVENS added  that the legislature and  educators know the                                                               
future is not bright when  there is a teacher shortage throughout                                                               
the United  States. He  noted that many  teachers come  to Alaska                                                               
for  two or  three years  and then  go elsewhere  because of  the                                                               
retirement  system   and  asked   for  her  thoughts   about  the                                                               
retirement system.                                                                                                              
MS.  VAN DIEST  replied that  she  was fortunate  when she  began                                                               
teaching in  1988 because she was  part of the Tier  I system and                                                               
many of  her colleagues are in  Tier II. From what  she has heard                                                               
from  the  young  teachers  in   the  building  she  is  in,  the                                                               
retirement  system is  not good.  There  have been  conversations                                                               
with NEA  about Social Security.  She does  not know all  the ins                                                               
and outs of that and  is not particularly knowledgeable about the                                                               
Tier  III retirement  system but  younger teachers  are concerned                                                               
about it. Alaska salaries used to  be the highest, but no longer.                                                               
Alaska  is a  tough  area,  especially if  people  are away  from                                                               
family  and need  to travel  down south  at Christmas  and summer                                                               
holidays, especially for teachers in  rural Alaska and not on the                                                               
road system.  She does not  have a  direct answer, but  those are                                                               
some thoughts off the top of her head.                                                                                          
CHAIR STEVENS said he appreciated her thoughts.                                                                                 
9:23:33 AM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR BEGICH agreed that the  joint meetings should be pursued.                                                               
Noting  that  the  Alaska  Reads   Act  will  require  a  lot  in                                                               
regulations, he asked if the  board is doing any preliminary work                                                               
on what regulations the act would require, should the bill pass.                                                                
MS. VAN  DIEST responded that  DEED has formed teams  to consider                                                               
how to  quickly implement the  bill should it pass.  A tremendous                                                               
amount of work will have to  happen and drafts are being started.                                                               
Superintendents,  principals, teachers,  and reading  specialists                                                               
are  fully committed  to implementing  the  bill but  must be  on                                                               
board to help draft the  regulations and give feedback about what                                                               
each school district can implement.                                                                                             
SENATOR BEGICH said he appreciated her candor and answers.                                                                      
9:27:25 AM                                                                                                                    
KEITH  HAMILTON, D.Min,  Governor's  Appointee,  Alaska Board  of                                                               
Education  and Early  Development, Soldotna,  Alaska, said  he is                                                               
the current  vice chair of the  State Board of Education.  He has                                                               
been  the president  of Alaska  Christian College  for almost  20                                                               
years. The college serves Alaska  Natives and is a postsecondary,                                                               
accredited  college that  reaches  out to  the  farther edges  of                                                               
Alaska to allow students to have  a shot at higher education. The                                                               
college  just passed  more than  100 students  the past  year, 90                                                               
percent of  them Alaska  Native, 5  percent American  Indian from                                                               
the Lower  48, and the rest  Caucasian. The college has  a lot of                                                               
experience  with students  from rural  Alaska and  the challenges                                                               
and   barriers  rural   students   have   experienced  in   their                                                               
educational pursuits.  Many of the  issues related to  the Alaska                                                               
Education  Challenge and  the  state's  educational pursuits  are                                                               
close to the hearts of those  at the college. He reported that 90                                                               
percent  of  their  students walk  through  the  door  unprepared                                                               
academically  for college.  The  college has  a  strong team  and                                                               
student success center that helps  them get there. The college is                                                               
graduating its  largest class of  15 students this year  with the                                                               
college's four different associate  arts degrees. His wife Debbie                                                               
is  the executive  director  of New  Hope  Counseling Center.  It                                                               
supports   Alaska   Native   students  with   Adverse   Childhood                                                               
Experiences  (ACEs)  scores.  The  college  takes  a  whole  life                                                               
approach to students from rural Alaska.                                                                                         
DR. HAMILTON said  he has been a commissioner for  five years for                                                               
the Alaska  Commission on Postsecondary Education  (ACPE) and was                                                               
just renewed. His role as a  college president is to connect K-12                                                               
with what  is happening at ACPE.  He was asked to  join the State                                                               
Board  of Education  to be  a  liaison between  those two  large,                                                               
important  educational  groups  in  the state.  As  part  of  the                                                               
subcommittee of the  State Board to the University  of Alaska for                                                               
a couple  of years, he  has participated in joint  meetings. When                                                               
the subcommittee  held in-person  meetings, he was  able to  be a                                                               
point  of contact  between the  Board of  Education and  Board of                                                               
Regents. He has  been on the state personnel  committee for eight                                                               
years. He is committed to  a healthy, educated state that reaches                                                               
out  to  all Alaskans.  He  is  involved in  various  faith-based                                                               
community organizations  and social  service organization  on the                                                               
Kenai Peninsula.                                                                                                                
DR.  HAMILTON said  his hope  is to  be consistently  helping the                                                               
Alaska Education Challenge  to be all that it can  be. DEED staff                                                               
and the  Board of  Education use  it every  day for  the specific                                                               
things it brings  to the overall picture of  education in Alaska.                                                               
It is critical and he continues to work toward that.                                                                            
DR.  HAMILTON  informed the  committee  that  the department  has                                                               
turned around a horrible situation  with its testing company from                                                               
three  years  ago. He  was  part  of  the safety  and  well-being                                                               
subcommittee for  Alaska Education Challenge and  was involved in                                                               
the  process of  the  state getting  approved  for Every  Student                                                               
Succeeds Act.  He hopes that  SB 6 will  become law and  that the                                                               
state graduation rate will continue to climb.                                                                                   
9:33:57 AM                                                                                                                    
DR. HAMILTON shared  that his students take an  ACEs test because                                                               
trauma-informed  practices   are  critical   in  the   state.  He                                                               
expressed hope that  the state continues to make  that a priority                                                               
through SB  6. He  said the  current team on  the state  board is                                                               
solid and he  believes it is critical that it  continue. He hopes                                                               
that the  critical nature  of having momentum  with the  board is                                                               
part of the  discussion today. It is difficult to  do business as                                                               
a board  when the  board members  meet once or  twice a  year and                                                               
have so much on their plates.  Two meetings are not enough. There                                                               
is not  enough time for dreaming  and scheming. He hopes  that is                                                               
part  of   their  near  future   so  the  board  can   work  more                                                               
DR. HAMILTON  said educators  and legislators  all know  that the                                                               
challenges in Alaska are enormous. He  is a local control guy and                                                               
hopes the state can continue to  give as much as possible back to                                                               
local school districts and perhaps to tribal compacting.                                                                        
CHAIR STEVENS  said it is always  great to have a  chance to talk                                                               
to Dr. Hamilton  and learn what he has been  doing. The committee                                                               
appreciates his service to Alaska and the board.                                                                                
9:37:17 AM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR BEGICH  noted that Dr.  Hamilton's documents do  not show                                                               
that he is  serving on the ACPE board or  the personnel board. He                                                               
asked Dr.  Hamilton to please  make sure those things  are listed                                                               
in the future.                                                                                                                  
CHAIR  STEVENS opened  public  testimony  and after  ascertaining                                                               
there  was  none, closed  public  testimony  on the  confirmation                                                               
9:38:20 AM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR HUGHES stated  that in accordance with  AS 39.05.080, the                                                               
Senate Education Committee reviewed  the following and recommends                                                               
the   appointments  be   forwarded   to  a   joint  session   for                                                               
Alaska State Board of Education and Early Development                                                                         
Lorri Van Diest - Palmer                                                                                                        
Keith Hamilton - Soldotna                                                                                                       
Signing  the   reports  regarding  appointments  to   boards  and                                                               
commissions in  no way reflects  individual members'  approval or                                                               
disapproval  of  the  appointees;   the  nominations  are  merely                                                               
forwarded to the full legislature for confirmation or rejection.                                                                
9:38:57 AM                                                                                                                    
At ease                                                                                                                         
        HB 109-MILITARY CHILDREN SCHOOL RESIDENCY WAIVER                                                                    
9:39:48 AM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR   STEVENS  reconvened   the  meeting   and  announced   the                                                               
consideration  of   COMMITTEE  SUBSTITUTE  FOR  HOUSE   BILL  NO.                                                               
109(EDC)  AM,  "An Act  relating  to  residency requirements  for                                                               
public  school enrollment  for certain  children  of active  duty                                                               
military and National Guard members."                                                                                           
He stated his intention to hear  the introduction of the bill and                                                               
hold it for further review.                                                                                                     
9:40:07 AM                                                                                                                    
REPRESENTATIVE  GABRIELLE   LEDOUX,  Alaska   State  Legislature,                                                               
Juneau,  Alaska, speaking  as  sponsor,  said that  HB  109 is  a                                                               
residency  waiver  for  military   children.  If  people  in  the                                                               
military  are given  orders to  transfer to  Alaska, but  are not                                                               
transferred before  registration for school, then  these students                                                               
could  be registered  on the  basis of  the transfer  papers. The                                                               
Department of  the Defense (DOD) is  trying to get all  the state                                                               
legislatures  to  pass this  bill  or  something similar.  It  is                                                               
important to  the military.  If students have  to wait  until the                                                               
families are in  the state to register, some  high school classes                                                               
needed for  graduation and electives  are closed.  Charter school                                                               
lotteries can also be closed. It  makes sense to allow people who                                                               
are coming  to Alaska  to register their  kids before  the family                                                               
CHAIR STEVENS  asked if this is  a problem in Alaska  and whether                                                               
she had any anecdotal information  that students have been denied                                                               
entrance to classes.                                                                                                            
REPRESENTATIVE  LEDOUX replied  she cannot  say it  has happened,                                                               
but it will be nice to make sure  that it does not. She noted the                                                               
letter of support from Superintendent Deena Bishop.                                                                             
9:42:46 AM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR HUGHES  cited the 10-day  proof of  residency requirement                                                               
and noted  that some students  might arrive before  their parents                                                               
and be  staying with a  relative or another military  family. She                                                               
asked if that  could be a problem and whether  place of residency                                                               
should  be the  principal dwelling  place of  the student  rather                                                               
than the parents. She acknowledged that  she did not know if this                                                               
has come up.                                                                                                                    
REPRESENTATIVE  LEDOUX replied  she  had not  heard that  concern                                                               
before.  Under the  bill the  students will  be able  to register                                                               
where parents are  going to live, but  she does not view  it as a                                                               
problem.  If a  student came  early and  stays with  a family  in                                                               
Eagle River, but once the parents  arrive the family will live in                                                               
Muldoon,  the student  should be  able to  enroll in  the Muldoon                                                               
area  at  Bartlett High  School  because  that is  the  principal                                                               
resident of the parents.                                                                                                        
CHAIR STEVENS asked Ms. Tuck if she had a response to that.                                                                     
9:45:08 AM                                                                                                                    
DENEEN  TUCK,  Staff,  Representative  Gabrielle  LeDoux,  Alaska                                                               
State Legislature, Juneau, Alaska,  said that after discussion in                                                               
Military and  Veterans Affairs, the term  "guardian" was inserted                                                               
into the  bill in case  students came  up early and  were staying                                                               
with someone else.                                                                                                              
SENATOR HUGHES said that would probably take care of it.                                                                        
REPRESENTATIVE  LEDOUX  added that  proof  of  residence must  be                                                               
provided once the family is in Alaska.                                                                                          
SENATOR  BEGICH, after  receiving confirmation  from the  sponsor                                                               
that there  is no  data on  the number of  students who  might be                                                               
affected,  said it  is good  policy and  should be  supported. He                                                               
asked if the definition of  residency would qualify a student who                                                               
came early to receive a dividend check.                                                                                         
REPRESENTATIVE LEDOUX answered no.                                                                                              
9:47:05 AM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR  STEVENS commented  that the  committee expected  testimony                                                               
from Tammie Perreault but she was not with the committee yet.                                                                   
REPRESENTATIVE LEDOUX  advised that  Ms. Perreault called  to say                                                               
that she would not be able to call in to this meeting.                                                                          
CHAIR STEVENS  added that Ms.  Perreault is the  Northwest region                                                               
liaison for  the Department  of Defense.  He expressed  hope that                                                               
the  committee would  have an  opportunity to  hear from  her. He                                                               
opened public testimony and ascertained there was none.                                                                         
REPRESENTATIVE  LEDOUX shared  that  the committee  had a  letter                                                               
from Ms. Perreault.                                                                                                             
9:47:44 AM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR STEVENS held  public testimony open and  noted that written                                                               
testimony could  be sent  to senate.education@akleg.gov.  He held                                                               
HB 109 in committee.                                                                                                            
9:48:03 AM                                                                                                                    
There being  no further  business to  come before  the committee,                                                               
Chair Stevens  adjourned the Senate Education  Standing Committee                                                               
at 9:48 a.m.                                                                                                                    

Document Name Date/Time Subjects
Confirmations_DEED_Hamilton_Feb2020.pdf SEDC 3/3/2020 9:00:00 AM
Confirmation Hearing - State Board of Education & Early Development
Confirmations_DEED_VanDiest_Feb2020.pdf SEDC 3/3/2020 9:00:00 AM
Confirmation Hearing - State Board of Education & Early Development
01_HB109_Military-School-Children_SponsorStatement.pdf SEDC 3/3/2020 9:00:00 AM
HB 109
02_HB109_Military-School-Children_Bill-Text_version K.A..pdf SEDC 3/3/2020 9:00:00 AM
HB 109
03_HB109_Military-School-Children_FiscalNote01_DEED_SchoolFinance-Facilities.pdf SEDC 3/3/2020 9:00:00 AM
HB 109
04_HB109_Military-School-Children_Explanation-Changes_version A to M.pdf SEDC 3/3/2020 9:00:00 AM
HB 109
05_HB109_Military-School-Children_Explanation-Changes_version M to K.pdf SEDC 3/3/2020 9:00:00 AM
HB 109
06_HB109_Military-School-Children_Support_DOD_Perreault_09April2019.pdf SEDC 3/3/2020 9:00:00 AM
HB 109
07_HB109_Military-School-Children_Support_ASD_Bishop_14May2019.pdf SEDC 3/3/2020 9:00:00 AM
HB 109
08_HB109_Military-School-Children_Minutes_HEDC_ASD-student count period_08May2019.pdf SEDC 3/3/2020 9:00:00 AM
HB 109
09_HB109_Military-School-Children_DEED_Charter-School-Lotteries_18Feb2020.pdf SEDC 3/3/2020 9:00:00 AM
HB 109