HB 174: "An Act relating to the state centralized correspondence study program, to funding for educational programs that occur primarily outside school facilities, and to the duties of school boards of borough and city school districts and regional educational attendance areas; and providing for an effective date."
00 HOUSE BILL NO. 174 01 "An Act relating to the state centralized correspondence study program, to funding for 02 educational programs that occur primarily outside school facilities, and to the duties of 03 school boards of borough and city school districts and regional educational attendance 04 areas; and providing for an effective date." 05 BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF ALASKA: 06 * Section 1. AS 14.07.020(a)(9) is amended to read: 07 (9) exercise general supervision over [PROVIDE ACCREDITED] 08 elementary and secondary correspondence study programs offered by municipal 09 school districts or regional educational attendance areas; the department may 10 not offer [AVAILABLE TO ANY ALASKAN THROUGH] a centralized [OFFICE 11 OF] correspondence study program; 12 * Sec. 2. AS 14.14.090(2) is amended to read: 13 (2) provide for, during the school term of each year, an educational 14 program for each school age child who is enrolled in or a resident of the district;
01 * Sec. 3. AS 14.14.120(c) is amended to read: 02 (c) An inoperative school board shall, if practicable, pay the tuition and 03 boarding costs necessary to enable the school age children within the district to attend 04 school in another district. If a child in an inoperative school district is not attending 05 school in another district, the department shall provide information on 06 correspondence courses and other materials and charge the school board of the 07 inoperative district an amount equal to the actual cost to the department. 08 * Sec. 4. AS 14.17.300 is amended to read: 09 Sec. 14.17.300. Public school account. (a) The public school account is 10 established. The account consists of appropriations for distribution to school districts, 11 the state boarding school, and for [CENTRALIZED] correspondence study under this 12 chapter. 13 (b) The money in the account may be used only in aid of public schools, 14 including community school programs, and for [CENTRALIZED] correspondence 15 study programs under this chapter. 16 * Sec. 5. AS 14.17.400(b) is amended to read: 17 (b) If the amount in the public school account is insufficient to meet the 18 amounts authorized under (a) of this section for a fiscal year, the department shall 19 reduce pro rata each district's basic need by the necessary percentage as determined by 20 the department. If the basic need of each district is reduced under this subsection, the 21 department shall also reduce state funding for [CENTRALIZED] correspondence 22 study and the state boarding school by the same percentage. 23 * Sec. 6. AS 14.17.430 is amended to read: 24 Sec. 14.17.430. State funding for correspondence study and similar 25 programs. Except as provided in AS 14.17.400(b), funding for [THE STATE 26 CENTRALIZED CORRESPONDENCE STUDY PROGRAM OR] a district 27 correspondence program, including a district that offers a statewide correspondence 28 study program, or a study program that occurs primarily outside a school facility, 29 includes an allocation from the public school account in an amount calculated by 30 multiplying the ADM of the correspondence or study program by 80 percent. 31 * Sec. 7. AS 14.17.600(a) is amended to read:
01 (a) Within two weeks after the end of the 20-school-day period ending the 02 fourth Friday in October, each district shall transmit a report to the department that, 03 under regulations adopted by the department, reports its ADM for that counting period 04 and other student count information that will aid the department in making a 05 determination of its state aid under the public school funding program. [FOR 06 CENTRALIZED CORRESPONDENCE STUDY, THE OCTOBER REPORT 07 SHALL BE BASED ON THE PERIOD FROM JULY 1 THROUGH THE FOURTH 08 FRIDAY IN OCTOBER, EXCEPT THAT SUMMER SCHOOL STUDENTS 09 SHALL BE COUNTED AS A PROPORTIONATE FRACTION AS DETERMINED 10 BY THE DEPARTMENT.] The department may make necessary corrections in the 11 report submitted and shall notify the district of changes made. The commissioner 12 shall notify the governor of additional appropriations the commissioner estimates to be 13 necessary to fully finance the public school funding program for the current fiscal 14 year. 15 * Sec. 8. AS 14.30.010(b)(10) is amended to read: 16 (10) is enrolled in 17 (A) a state boarding school established under AS 14.16; or 18 (B) a full-time program of correspondence study approved by 19 the department; [IN THOSE SCHOOL DISTRICTS PROVIDING AN 20 APPROVED CORRESPONDENCE STUDY PROGRAM, A STUDENT 21 MAY BE ENROLLED EITHER IN THE DISTRICT CORRESPONDENCE 22 PROGRAM OR IN THE CENTRALIZED CORRESPONDENCE STUDY 23 PROGRAM;] 24 * Sec. 9. AS 14.30.350(8) is amended to read: 25 (8) "school district" means a borough school district, a city school 26 district, a regional educational attendance area, or a state boarding school [, AND 27 THE STATE CENTRALIZED CORRESPONDENCE STUDY PROGRAM]; 28 * Sec. 10. AS 39.25.110(7) is amended to read: 29 (7) certificated [TEACHERS EMPLOYED BY THE DEPARTMENT 30 OF EDUCATION AND EARLY DEVELOPMENT AS CORRESPONDENCE 31 TEACHERS,] teachers in skill centers operated by the Department of Education and
01 Early Development [,] or in Mt. Edgecumbe School; 02 * Sec. 11. AS 39.25.160(e)(7) is amended to read: 03 (7) certificated [TEACHERS EMPLOYED BY THE DEPARTMENT 04 OF EDUCATION AND EARLY DEVELOPMENT AS CORRESPONDENCE 05 TEACHERS,] teachers in skill centers operated by the Department of Education and 06 Early Development [,] or teachers at Mt. Edgecumbe School; 07 * Sec. 12. This Act takes effect July 1, 2003.