Legislature(2017 - 2018)BUTROVICH 205

04/04/2017 03:30 PM EDUCATION

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* first hearing in first committee of referral
+ teleconferenced
= bill was previously heard/scheduled
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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
           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.                                                                            

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