Legislature(1993 - 1994)

03/29/1993 01:35 PM HES

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  The last order of business was  SB 61 (IMPLEMENT ALASKA 2000                 
  RECOMMENDATIONS).  CHAIRMAN RIEGER said  at the last meeting                 
  on the bill there were three  proposed amendments before the                 
  committee by Senators Ellis, Salo, and Leman.  The amendment                 
  they  first addressed was  by Senator Ellis.   SENATOR ELLIS                 
  moved  Amendment  #15.    SENATOR  MILLER objected  for  the                 
  purpose of discussion.  Amendment #15 follows:                               
                                                                               
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  year,     to  goals  for   public  education   and                           
            student performance,  to teacher  tenure                           
            rights, and to establishment  of charter                           
            schools; and providing for  an effective                           
            date.""                                                            
                                                                               
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            "(2)  establish goals for  public education in the                 
       state; it is not the purpose of this Act to recommend a                 
       specific curriculum or  to diminish  the right of  each                 
       school  district  to  establish a  curriculum  in  that                 
       school district;"                                                       
                                                                               
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           "*  Sec.  2.   AS  14.03.015  is  repealed and                      
       reenacted to read:                                                      
            Sec.  14.03.015.   MISSION  FOR PUBLIC  EDUCATION.                 
                                                                               
                                                                               
       The  mission of  the public  school system  is  to help                 
       ensure that all students succeed in their education and                 
       work, shape worthwhile  and satisfying lives, exemplify                 
       the  best  values  of  society  and  their   respective                 
       cultures, and  be effective in improving  the character                 
       and quality of  the world about them.  It  is the joint                 
       responsibility of students,  parents, schools, and  the                 
       community  to  achieve  the mission  described  in this                 
       section.                                                                
          * Sec.  3.   AS 14.03  is amended  by  adding a  new                 
  section   to read:                                                           
           Sec.  14.03.017.   GOALS  FOR STUDENT  PERFORMANCE.                 
       The public  school system  shall be  operated with  the                 
       recognition that all students  can learn.  The goal  of                 
       the  system  is  to  develop  successful students.    A                 
       successful student  will  graduate and  the process  of                 
       learning should include the following:                                  
                 (1)  a working knowledge of science, language                 
       arts, social studies,  mathematics, physical  education                 
       and health, and fine arts;                                              
                 (2)    the  ability  to think  logically  and                 
       critically including the ability to                                     
                      (A)  think clearly about new information                 
            and ideas;                                                         
                      (B)    solve problems  through different                 
            ways of questioning and analysis;                                  
                      (C)  be open to new ideas and be curious                 
            about the world and self;                                          
                      (D)   demonstrate the  skills needed  to                 
            make good decisions;                                               
                      (E)  understand and use mathematical and                 
            scientific ideas;                                                  
                      (F)   demonstrate good study  skills and                 
            habits;                                                            
                      (G)    access,  process,  and  integrate                 
            information;                                                       
                      (H)  evaluate and  improve ideas through                 
            discussions with other people;                                     
                      (I)  read, understand, and apply written                 
            information faced in daily life;                                   
                 (3)  an acceptance of personal responsibility                 
       for  sustaining  a  person economically  including  the                 
       critical skills, competencies, values, and attitudes to                 
       be successful in work, whether of a cash or subsistence                 
       nature, including the ability to                                        
                      (A)   be confident,  able, and  prepared                 
            for opportunities  in  the  local,  national,  and                 
            international workplace;                                           
                      (B)    understand   the  value  of   and                 
            necessity  for  lifelong  learning, including  the                 
            ability to teach oneself new skills to adjust to a                 
            changing workplace;                                                
                      (C)    show  initiative,  dependability,                 
            punctuality,  and  to   strive  for  accuracy  and                 
                                                                               
                                                                               
            efficiency on the job;                                             
                      (D)        willingly    accept   advice,                 
            supervision, and criticism  and to be a  good team                 
            member in the workplace;                                           
                      (E)  be safety conscious;                                
                      (F)   be a critical consumer with skills                 
            for making informed choices;                                       
                      (G)   recognize  how  success in  school                 
            relates to a person's future;                                      
                 (4)  the  ability to communicate  effectively                 
       including the ability to                                                
                      (A)   talk  about  feelings, ideas,  and                 
            concepts with clarity;                                             
                      (B)  be a good listener;                                 
                      (C)   read,  understand, and  respond to                 
            written information faced in daily life;                           
                      (D)  appreciate the  value of reading as                 
            a lifelong activity;                                               
                      (E)    write  well   for  a  variety  of                 
            purposes and audiences;                                            
                      (F)     demonstrate  understanding   and                 
            openness in group settings;                                        
                 (5)   the  ability to  discover  and  nurture                 
       creative talents including the ability to                               
                      (A)  appreciate the world around us;                     
                      (B)   take part  in activities  that cut                 
            across fields of study;                                            
                      (C)  understand our world  and its past,                 
            present, and future  and be  able to express  this                 
            understanding  in  a  variety  of  ways  and  with                 
            different media;                                                   
                      (D)  respect and encourage the  creative                 
            talents of individuals and groups;                                 
                      (E)    demonstrate  the   knowledge  and                 
            skills needed  to  express  ideas  in  literature,                 
            visual arts, music, dance, and drama;                              
                 (6)   knowledge  of how  to develop  positive                 
       self-esteem including the ability to                                    
                      (A)    know  how  to  set  and   achieve                 
            personal goals;                                                    
                      (B)    be   confident,  assertive,   and                 
            flexible;                                                          
                      (C)    demonstrate  an appreciation  for                 
            one's own personal talents and strengths;                          
                      (D)  form satisfying  relationships with                 
            others  based  on  respect,   trust,  cooperation,                 
            mutual understanding, compassion, and appreciation                 
            of cultural differences;                                           
                 (7)     the  ability   to  master   essential                 
       vocational technological skills  including the  ability                 
       to                                                                      
                      (A)    communicate  and  compete in  the                 
            global market  with computers,  video, audio,  and                 
            other technologies;                                                
                                                                               
                                                                               
                      (B)  use technology  to gather, analyze,                 
            and evaluate information and opinions;                             
                      (C)    critically  evaluate  information                 
            presented in the mass media;                                       
                      (D)    use  computers  to  process   and                 
            organize information;                                              
                      (E)  understand  the overall purpose  of                 
            equipment and  the proper procedures for setup and                 
            operation;                                                         
                 (8)  the ability to  understand the values of                 
       health and fitness including the ability to                             
                      (A)  understand the skills and apply the                 
            knowledge needed  to promote  physical and  mental                 
            health;                                                            
                      (B)    respond constructively  to life's                 
            social, environmental, and physical changes;                       
                 (9)   knowledge of the values  of responsible                 
       citizenship including the ability to                                    
                      (A)  understand  and participate in  the                 
            democratic process;                                                
                      (B)  achieve  the values, knowledge, and                 
            ethical  behaviors  needed  to  participate  in  a                 
            democratic society;                                                
                      (C)   learn to recognize  and appreciate                 
            the contribution of  peoples from other  countries                 
            and cultures;                                                      
                      (D)     be   aware  of   and  appreciate                 
            languages other than English;                                      
                      (E)    achieve  skills   in  leadership,                 
            cooperation,     communication,     and     social                 
            responsibility;                                                    
                      (F)    understand one's  relationship to                 
            the environment and  be committed to the  wise use                 
            of resources;                                                      
                      (G)  know effective parenting skills  to                 
            nurture healthy growth and development in others;                  
                      (H)  understand the past."                               
                                                                               
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  SENATOR ELLIS said the amendment represents legislation that                 
  was before the 17th Legislature, and it relates to education                 
                                                                               
  goals.  The  first part  of the amendment  requires a  title                 
  change to add the  words "to goals for public  education and                 
                                                                               
  student  performance."   It  was  voted  on  last  year  and                 
  everyone voted for  it.  People,  at that time, agreed  with                 
                                                                               
  the argument that  we spend  close to $1  billion in  public                 
  funds on education.  It  is by far the biggest component  in                 
                                                                               
  the operating budget  and sometimes  in the capital  budget.                 
  Senator Ellis  said many states  have moved  forward to  set                 
                                                                               
  goals for  education in  their statutes.    He continued  to                 
  discuss  the language  in  the  amendment  relating  to  the                 
                                                                               
  positive features.                                                           
                                                                               
                                                                               
  Number 248                                                                   
                                                                               
                                                                               
  SENATOR LEMAN referred  to the  middle of page  four of  the                 
                                                                               
  amendment:  "(B)  respond constructively  to life's  social,                 
  environmental,  and   physical  changes;"     He   suggested                 
                                                                               
  replacing  the word  "changes" with  the word  "challenges."                 
  SENATOR ELLIS said he wouldn't have  a problem with changing                 
                                                                               
  the  word.    Senator  Leman  moved  the  amendment  to  the                 
  amendment.  Hearing no objection, the motion carried.                        
                                                                               
                                                                               
  CHAIRMAN RIEGER referred  to the title  and said it  doesn't                 
                                                                               
  have the recognition  of PTAs as a local advisory committee.                 
  He suggested not changing  the title until there is  a final                 
                                                                               
  form of the bill.  Senator Ellis agreed.                                     
                                                                               
                                                                               
  Number 302                                                                   
                                                                               
                                                                               
  VINCE BARRY, Director, Education Program Support, Department                 
  of  Education, spoke against  Senator Ellis' amendment.   He                 
                                                                               
  said the  department has  concerns regarding  the amendment.                 
  He gave the committee members the amendment with highlighted                 
                                                                               
  sections of concern.   Mr. Barry  said the other concern  is                 
  the statement concerning the standards.  He said the  reason                 
                                                                               
  he is in opposition is it seems that the timing is wrong.  A                 
  lot  of  the  standards  are   currently  incorporated  into                 
                                                                               
  district policy.  He said the subsets of statements would be                 
  counter productive.  If it is  predetermined in law what the                 
                                                                               
  teachers must consider, it may be counter productive.                        
                                                                               
                                                                               
  SENATOR ELLIS said  last year the governor's office told him                 
  that   the  legislature  shouldn't   set  public  goals  for                 
                                                                               
  education at  that time  because the  Alaska 2000  Committee                 
  would  work  on it.   The  governor's  office said  when the                 
                                                                               
  education reform bill comes before the legislature next year                 
  it will include the goals  for education.  He said  the bill                 
                                                                               
                                                                               
  doesn't include goals.  SB 61  is the major education reform                 
  bill and that  is where  the goals  should be.   He said  he                 
                                                                               
  doesn't believe that anyone will be constrained by the broad                 
  general goal  oriented  language contained  in the  subsets.                 
                                                                               
  Senator Ellis said he doesn't believe  that teachers will be                 
  constrained by the language.                                                 
                                                                               
                                                                               
  Senator  Ellis  said it  seems that  every  time there  is a                 
                                                                               
  change  on  the Board  of Education,  there  is a  whole new                 
  planning process,  effort, and commitment  to setting goals,                 
                                                                               
  standards, student outcomes,  etc.   He said  he would  like                 
  something that is in statute that outlives an administration                 
                                                                               
  or appointments to the State Board of Education.                             
                                                                               
                                                                               
  Number 384                                                                   
                                                                               
                                                                               
  SENATOR  MILLER  removed  his  objection  to  adopting   the                 
  amendment.     CHAIRMAN  RIEGER   numbered  Senator   Ellis'                 
                                                                               
  amendment  as  Amendment #15.    He  asked if  there  was an                 
  objection  to adopting Amendment #15.  Hearing no objection,                 
                                                                               
  Amendment #15 was adopted.                                                   
                                                                               
                                                                               
  Number 409                                                                   
                                                                               
                                                                               
  The  next  amendment  to  come   before  the  committee  was                 
  Amendment #3, by  Senator Salo, which  had been offered  and                 
                                                                               
  then withdrawn at a previous meeting on the bill.                            
                                                                               
                                                                               
  SENATOR SALO  said Senator  Leman had  a proposed  amendment                 
  that deals  with the  section she  has concern  about.   She                 
                                                                               
  withdrew Amendment #3.                                                       
                                                                               
                                                                               
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  SENATOR LEMAN moved Amendment #16 be adopted.  Amendment #16                 
  follows:                                                                     
                                                                               
                                                                               
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  Senator Leman said the amendment  deletes everything dealing                 
  with school terms.   CHAIRMAN RIEGER  objected.  He said  he                 
                                                                               
  believes we are in a world of increasing information.  There                 
  is more to know now  than there used to  be.  He said  there                 
                                                                               
  needs to be some kind of a collaborated effort so that extra                 
  time   in  a   school  year   isn't  being   taking   up  by                 
                                                                               
  administrators and teachers.   He said he is  for increasing                 
  the contact time per  day.  We also need to  allow more days                 
                                                                               
  to deliver what needs to be delivered                                        
                                                                               
                                                                               
  SENATOR  SALO said  she is going  to support  the amendment.                 
  She said she agrees with the arguments about the value of an                 
                                                                               
  increased  school  year,  but  doesn't   think  there  is  a                 
  willingness to accept the fiscal note  that would need to go                 
                                                                               
  with it if the school term is increased.                                     
                                                                               
                                                                               
  Number 450                                                                   
                                                                               
                                                                               
  A  roll  call vote  was taken  on  Amendment #16.   Senators                 
  Sharp, Duncan, Leman, Miller, and Salo  were in favor of the                 
                                                                               
  amendment.    Senators  Rieger and  Ellis  were  against the                 
  amendment.  So the motion carried.                                           
                                                                               
                                                                               
  SENATOR SHARP moved Amendment #17.  Amendment #17 follows:                   
                                                                               
                                                                               
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  Hearing no  objection to  the motion  of adopting  Amendment                 
                                                                               
                                                                               
  There   was   general  discussion   regarding   the  overall                 
  legislation.                                                                 
                                                                               
                                                                               
  Number 512                                                                   
                                                                               
                                                                               
  CHAIRMAN  RIEGER gave  the committee  members a  handwritten                 
                                                                               
  copy of all the changes that were adopted.                                   
                                                                               
                                                                               
  SENATOR DUNCAN said the title is broad and he  would like it                 
  to be more specific.                                                         
                                                                               
                                                                               
  CHAIRMAN RIEGER said there are four general sections in  the                 
                                                                               
  bill.    There is  the  school improvement  fund,  goals for                 
  public education and student performance, advisory boards in                 
                                                                               
  school districts, and the establishment of charter schools.                  
                                                                               
                                                                               
  Number 557                                                                   
                                                                               
                                                                               
  SENATOR DUNCAN moved that a  conceptual amendment be adopted                 
  which reflects what is in the bill.  CHAIRMAN RIEGER said he                 
                                                                               
  would instruct the  bill drafter to  draft a new title  that                 
  speaks more specifically to the provisions in the bill.                      
                                                                               
                                                                               
  SENATOR SALO said she  would feel more comfortable to  see a                 
                                                                               
  final  version of  the bill before  it is passed  out of the                 
  Senate  HESS  Committee.   CHAIRMAN  RIEGER  said  the final                 
                                                                               
  version  would   be  before  the  committee   the  following                 
  Wednesday.                                                                   
                                                                               

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