Legislature(2015 - 2016)BUTROVICH 205

03/17/2015 03:30 PM EDUCATION

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03:31:23 PM Start
03:32:29 PM SB64
03:45:45 PM SB31
04:09:51 PM Presentation: Elementary and Secondary Education Act Flexibility Waiver Renewal
04:49:48 PM Adjourn
* first hearing in first committee of referral
+ teleconferenced
= bill was previously heard/scheduled
Heard & Held
+ Presentation: Elementary and Secondary TELECONFERENCED
Education Act Flexibility Waiver Renewal
Mike Hanley, Commissioner, Department of
Education and Early Development
+ Bills Previously Heard/Scheduled: TELECONFERENCED
Moved CSSB 64(EDC) Out of Committee
         SB 31-SEXUAL ABUSE/ASSAULT PREVENTION PROGRAMS                                                                     
3:45:45 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR DUNLEAVY announced the consideration of SB 31. He said it                                                                 
was the second hearing.                                                                                                         
T.J.  PRESLEY,   Staff,  Senator  Berta  Gardner,   Alaska  State                                                               
Legislature, presented  changes in  version H of  SB 31.  He said                                                               
the changes address  some of the concerns  of superintendents and                                                               
clarify language.  He noted other  changes are  forthcoming after                                                               
discussion   with  the   Department   of   Education  and   Early                                                               
Development (DEED) and superintendents.                                                                                         
MR. PRESLEY presented the sectional analysis:                                                                                   
     Section 1: No changes                                                                                                    
     The uncodified law of the State of Alaska is amended                                                                       
     by adding a new section to read: SHORT TITLE. Section                                                                      
     4 of this Act may be known as Erin's Law.                                                                                  
     Section 2: Conforming                                                                                                    
     AS 14.30.070(b) amended to read: (b) The Department of                                                                     
     Health and Social Services may require the district to                                                                     
     conduct [ADDITIONAL] physical examinations that it                                                                         
     considers necessary, and may reimburse the district                                                                        
     for the [ADDITIONAL] examinations on the basis and to                                                                      
     the extent the commissioner of health and social                                                                           
     services prescribes by regulation.                                                                                         
     Explanation: Conforms to AS 14.30.070(a) repeal in                                                                         
     Section 7                                                                                                                  
     Section 3: Substantive                                                                                                   
     AS 14.30.075 Repeal requirement that school districts                                                                      
     pay for physical examinations for teachers.                                                                                
     Section 4: Substantive                                                                                                   
     AS 14.30.355 Substance of Erin's Law                                                                                       
     Clarifies that notices are sent to parents instead of                                                                      
     "student, parent teacher notification"                                                                                     
     Clarifies that training is required for mandated                                                                           
     Clarifies frequency of training to comport with                                                                            
     mandated reporter training                                                                                                 
     (c) Initially, within six months of employment for a                                                                       
     new teacher or administrative staff member, including                                                                      
     an athletic coach; and                                                                                                     
     (2) thereafter, at least once every five years.                                                                            
     Section 5: Conforming                                                                                                    
     Conforms to repeal of AS 14.30.070(a) in section 7                                                                         
     Section 6: Substantive                                                                                                   
     Repeals requirement that certificated preschool                                                                            
     teachers must be fingerprinted and background checked                                                                      
     a second time after being hired.                                                                                           
     Section 7: Substantive                                                                                                   
     AS 14.30.070. Physical examination required (a) the                                                                      
     governing body of each school district shall provide                                                                       
     for and require a physical examination of every child                                                                      
     attending school in the district. The examination                                                                          
     shall be made when the child enters school or, in                                                                          
     areas where no physician resides, as soon thereafter                                                                       
     as is practicable, and thereafter at regular intervals                                                                     
     considered advisable by the governing body of the                                                                          
     district. For purposes of this subsection, physical                                                                        
     examinations, within the scope of chiropractic                                                                             
     practice, may be conducted by a chiropractor                                                                               
     AS 14.30.120.  Certificate of physical  examination the                                                                  
     school  board,  when  physical examinations  are  made,                                                                    
     shall deliver to the parent,  guardian, or other person                                                                    
     having the  responsibility for or control  of the child                                                                    
     a report  signed by the  physician or nurse  making the                                                                    
     examination,  specifying the  findings with  respect to                                                                    
     the health  and physical  well-being of the  child. For                                                                    
     purposes  of this  subsection, physician  examinations,                                                                    
     within  the  scope  of chiropractic  practice,  may  be                                                                    
     conducted by a chiropractor.                                                                                               
3:47:47 PM                                                                                                                    
At ease                                                                                                                         
3:48:04 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR HUGGINS moved to adopt the CS for SB 31, labeled 29-                                                                    
LS0420\H, as the working document.                                                                                              
CHAIR DUNLEAVY objected for discussion.                                                                                         
MR. PRESLEY continued to describe the changes in version H.                                                                     
3:53:00 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR DUNLEAVY opened public testimony.                                                                                         
3:53:32 PM                                                                                                                    
ROSEMARY WEBB, Co-President Child  Lures Prevention, testified in                                                               
support of SB 31.                                                                                                               
JENNIFER   MITCHELL,   Co-President,  Child   Lures   Prevention,                                                               
testified in  support of SB  31. She  asked if Alaska  is looking                                                               
for pre-K through 12 education for sex abuse prevention.                                                                        
CHAIR DUNLEAVY said yes.                                                                                                        
MS.  MITCHELL  related  that   Child  Lures  Prevention  provides                                                               
developmentally   appropriate   and  research-based   educational                                                               
programming for pre-K through sixth grade  and for grades 7 - 12.                                                               
They both align with national health education standards.                                                                       
She  stressed  the  importance of  teaching  this  curriculum  in                                                               
schools.  She  said  50  percent   of  sexually  abused  children                                                               
experience the abuse  in the home. The use  of mandated reporters                                                               
working  in   schools  presents  a  good   opportunity  to  teach                                                               
children. She  shared statistics about sexual  abuse of children.                                                               
She said  prevention education does improve  children's knowledge                                                               
and  skills related  to abuse  prevention. She  said Child  Lures                                                               
Prevention  would be  honored to  work with  school districts  in                                                               
CHAIR DUNLEAVY asked  the sponsor if the  presenters will discuss                                                               
their curriculum and how it is delivered.                                                                                       
MR.  PRESLEY  suggested  also learning  how  the  curriculum  was                                                               
MS. WEBB described  the program and its availability  on CD, DVD,                                                               
USB flash drive, and, soon, on a web site.                                                                                      
3:57:10 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR  DUNLEAVY   pointed  out  that  state   law  mandates  that                                                               
curriculum  is  adopted at  the  local  level. The  committee  is                                                               
simply hearing curriculum options.                                                                                              
SENATOR  GARDNER  named  the  programs   available  as  found  in                                                               
members'  packets.  She asked  if  "Affection  Lures -  Safe  and                                                               
Healthy Boundaries" is one of Child Lures Prevention's programs.                                                                
MS. WEBB said yes.                                                                                                              
SENATOR GARDNER asked about the cost of the program.                                                                            
MS. WEBB  explained that the  programs are turnkey and  provide a                                                               
45 minute  training video,  scripted lesson  plans for  all grade                                                               
levels, and student  videos. If one school ordered  a program kit                                                               
it would cost  $489, plus shipping; there is a  bulk rate of $439                                                               
each for six.                                                                                                                   
3:59:14 PM                                                                                                                    
KATE  TOVIAS,   Employee,  Committee   for  Children,   spoke  of                                                               
curriculum  developed for  child  protection. She  said the  non-                                                               
profit  organization  has  created  a  social/emotional  learning                                                               
program for  children called  "Second Step," as  well as  a child                                                               
protection unit. She said the  vision statement for the Committee                                                               
for Children  is "Safe  Children Thriving  in a  Peaceful World."                                                               
She stressed that "safe" is the key word.                                                                                       
She said training for all  programs is online. She listed several                                                               
types  of programs.  She  referred to  an  article titled  "Safe,                                                               
Supported,  and Ready  to Learn"  in members  packets. She  noted                                                               
they  have done  research  with the  Adverse  Child Effect  Study                                                               
(ACES.) She said  the scope and sequence of  the Child Protection                                                               
Unit is also in members'  packets. Mandatory training is required                                                               
and  the  program  focuses  on   safety  and  is  developmentally                                                               
appropriate. She described examples of lessons.                                                                                 
She described  the training  involved for  the three  modules and                                                               
said that all information is available online.                                                                                  
4:06:40 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR DUNLEAVY recognized testifiers available for questions.                                                                   
CHAIR  DUNLEAVY removed  his objection.  There  being no  further                                                               
objection, the CS for SB 31, version H, was adopted.                                                                            
He noted  the sponsor is  still working  on the bill.  He thanked                                                               
Senator Gardner for her work  with various organizations to fine-                                                               
tune the bill.                                                                                                                  
CHAIR DUNLEAVY held SB 31 in committee.                                                                                         

Document Name Date/Time Subjects
CSSB 31 Draft.pdf SEDC 3/17/2015 3:30:00 PM
SB 31
CSSB 31 Explanation.pdf SEDC 3/17/2015 3:30:00 PM
SB 31
SB 31 - Teen Dating Violence.pdf SEDC 3/17/2015 3:30:00 PM
SB 31
CSSB 31 Child Lures' Workbook.pdf SEDC 3/17/2015 3:30:00 PM
SB 31
CSSB31 Child Lures' Prevention Gr3-4.pdf SEDC 3/17/2015 3:30:00 PM
SB 31
CSSB 31 Scope and Sequence.pdf SEDC 3/17/2015 3:30:00 PM
SB 31
CSSB 31 Lesson Plans.pdf SEDC 3/17/2015 3:30:00 PM
SB 31
CSSB31 Four-Part Solution.pdf SEDC 3/17/2015 3:30:00 PM
SB 31
SB 64 - FNSB Comments.pdf SEDC 3/17/2015 3:30:00 PM
SB 64
SB 64 - Effective Date Amendment.pdf SEDC 3/17/2015 3:30:00 PM
SB 64