HB 395: "An Act imposing a maximum pupil-teacher ratio in public schools; and providing for an effective date."
00HOUSE BILL NO. 395 01 "An Act imposing a maximum pupil-teacher ratio in public schools; and providing 02 for an effective date." 03 BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF ALASKA: 04 * Section 1. AS 14.03 is amended by adding a new section to read: 05 Sec. 14.03.065. Maximum effective class size. (a) In a public school class, 06 other than an art, library, music, computer science, vocational-technical, or physical 07 education class, the ratio of pupils to a teacher may not exceed 18 to one in a class in 08 grades kindergarten through three, 20 to one in a class in grades four through six, and 09 25 to one in a class in grades seven through 12. 10 (b) The pupil-teacher ratio required under this section does not apply 11 (1) during the final eight weeks of each school year; or 12 (2) in a fiscal year in which the legislature has not appropriated 13 sufficient money to implement the requirements of this section. 14 (c) Notwithstanding any other provision of law, in implementing the
01 requirements of (a) of this section a governing body may 02 (1) alter the length of the school day or school year; 03 (2) provide additional classrooms in publicly or privately owned 04 buildings that satisfy health and safety requirements for schools; 05 (3) seek additional public or private funding for education in the school 06 district; or 07 (4) implement changes to the education program in the district that are 08 approved by the department. 09 (d) A district shall annually report to the department the district's ratio of 10 pupils to a teacher in each class if the district is required to meet the ratio set out in 11 (a) of this section. The ratio reported shall be the average of the daily ratio taken over 12 the same period in October used to determine average daily membership under 13 AS 14.17.600. 14 (e) In this section, "teacher" means a person who is certified under 15 AS 14.20.020 and who is an actual classroom teacher in a regular instructional 16 program. 17 * Sec. 2. The uncodified law of the State of Alaska is amended by adding a new section 18 to read: 19 TRANSITION. Before July 1, 2003, notwithstanding AS 14.03.065, enacted in sec. 1 20 of this Act, the ratio of pupils to a teacher in a class may be higher than the ratio required 21 under AS 14.03.065, enacted by sec. 1 of this Act, if the actual number of pupils in the 22 present class has declined by two or more when compared to pupils in the same class and 23 grade in the previous school year. 24 * Sec. 3. This Act takes effect July 1, 2000.