Legislature(1993 - 1994)

03/29/1993 01:35 PM Senate HES

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                         March 29, 1993                                        
                            1:35 p.m.                                          
  MEMBERS PRESENT                                                              
  Senator Steve Rieger, Chairman                                               
  Senator Bert Sharp, Vice-Chairman                                            
  Senator Loren Leman                                                          
  Senator Mike Miller                                                          
  Senator Jim Duncan                                                           
  Senator Johnny Ellis                                                         
  Senator Judy Salo                                                            
  MEMBERS ABSENT                                                               
  All Members Present                                                          
  COMMITTEE CALENDAR                                                           
  SENATE BILL NO. 156                                                          
  "An  Act  amending  the  definition  of  `municipality'  for                 
  purposes of  the  human services  community  matching  grant                 
  SENATE BILL NO. 61                                                           
  "An  Act implementing certain recommendations of Alaska 2000                 
  to improve the  state's education system; and  providing for                 
  an effective date."                                                          
  PREVIOUS SENATE COMMITTEE ACTION                                             
  SB 156 - See Community & Regional Affairs minutes dated                      
           3/18/93, 3/23/93.                                                   
  SB 61 - See HESS minutes dated 2/8/93, 2/10/93, 2/17/93,                     
          2/24/93, 3/3/93, 3/8/93, 3/17/93, and 3/19/93.                       
  WITNESS REGISTER                                                             
  Layne St. John, Assembly Member                                              
  Fairbanks North Star Borough                                                 
  P.O. Box 71267                                                               
  Fairbanks, Alaska 99707                                                      
  POSITION STATEMENT:  Testified in support of SB 156.                         
  Hank Bartes, Assembly Member                                                 
  Fairbanks North Star Borough                                                 
  P.O. Box 71267                                                               
  Fairbanks, Alaska 99707                                                      
  POSITION STATEMENT:  Testified in support of SB 156.                         
  Vince Barry, Director                                                        
  Education Program Support                                                    
  Department of Education                                                      
  801 West 10th Street, Suite 200                                              
  Juneau, Alaska 99801-1994                                                    
  POSITION STATEMENT:  Testified on SB 61.                                     
  ACTION NARRATIVE                                                             
  TAPE 93-31, SIDE A                                                           
  Number 001                                                                   
  CHAIRMAN  RIEGER called  the  Senate Health,  Education  and                 
  Social Services (HESS) Committee to order at 1:35 p.m.                       
  The first order of  business to come before the  Senate HESS                 
  Committee was SB 156 (HUMAN  SERVICES MATCHING GRANTS).  The                 
  prime sponsor, SENATOR SHARP  said SB 156 adds  a definition                 
  for a second class borough with  a population over 65,000 on                 
  page 1, line 14, and page 2, lines 1 and 2.  The bill allows                 
  the  Fairbanks North Star Borough  to qualify as a recipient                 
  of  matching  grants for  social  services.   Currently, the                 
  Fairbanks North Slope  Borough is in better  financial shape                 
  to provide matching money  than the City of Fairbanks.   The                 
  population figure is the same for  the city.  There wouldn't                 
  be a change in the dollar allocation.  The  bill would allow                 
  the Fairbanks North  Star Borough, if  they choose, to  pass                 
  accommodating ordinances that would  qualify them to receive                 
  and to match service grants.                                                 
  SENATOR ELLIS  asked if  just Fairbanks  would be  impacted.                 
  SENATOR SHARP said just Fairbanks would be impacted.                         
  Number 068                                                                   
  LAYNE  ST.  JOHN,  Assembly  Member,  Fairbanks  North  Star                 
  Borough, testified  in support of  the bill.  He  said it is                 
  something that  they will  probably need very  badly in  the                 
  future.  He said he would answer any questions the committee                 
  members may have.                                                            
  CHAIRMAN  RIEGER asked  if  the  city  and the  borough  are                 
  currently nonunified.   MR. ST.  JOHN said that  is correct.                 
  He said the  city is the entity  which has to apply  for the                 
  grant instead of the borough.                                                
  SENATOR  ELLIS  asked  if  the  borough  anticipates  having                 
  problems  in  future years  in  meeting the  ascending local                 
  match which was put  into statute last  year.  MR. ST.  JOHN                 
  explained the  borough assembly  currently  has a  committee                 
  looking at health and social service needs and requirements.                 
  One thing  they are  reviewing is  the ability  to fund  any                 
  matching  grants  at  the  50 percent  mark  that  would  be                 
  required in two years.  Mr. St. John said it appears that in                 
  the near future Fairbanks  will not be able to  meet that 50                 
  percent match.  The North Star Borough would be able to.                     
  Number 115                                                                   
  HANK BARTES, Assembly Member, Fairbanks North Star  Borough,                 
  said  he served  on  the Fairbanks  City  Health and  Social                 
  Service Commission for  five years.  He said this  is one of                 
  the most cost effective utilization of  funds that goes into                 
  the health and social service arena.  It serves not only the                 
  people in the City  of Fairbanks and the North  Star Borough                 
  but also outlying  areas through outreach programs  that the                 
  various  social  services  agencies  provide.    The program                 
  should be continued and improved upon.                                       
  Number 133                                                                   
  There being  no further  testimony, SENATOR  SHARP moved  to                 
  pass SB 156 out of the Senate HESS Committee with individual                 
  recommendations and with  the zero fiscal note.   Hearing no                 
  objection, the bill moved out of committee.                                  
  Number 146                                                                   
  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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       Insert "An  Act relating  to the  length of  the school                 
  year,     to  goals  for   public  education   and                           
            student performance,  to teacher  tenure                           
            rights, and to establishment  of charter                           
            schools; and providing for  an effective                           
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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                 
          * 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                 
                      (G)    access,  process,  and  integrate                 
                      (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                 
                      (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                 
                      (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                 
                 (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                 
                      (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                 
                      (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.                                                       
  Number 415                                                                   
  SENATOR LEMAN moved Amendment #16 be adopted.  Amendment #16                 
  Page 2, lines 3-28:                                                          
       Delete all material.                                                    
  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:                   
  Delete:  Pages 4 and 5                                                       
  Delete:  Page 6, lines 1 through 28.                                         
  Hearing no  objection to  the motion  of adopting  Amendment                 
  There   was   general  discussion   regarding   the  overall                 
  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                 
  Number 580                                                                   
  There being no  further business to  come before the  Senate                 
  HESS  Committee,  CHAIRMAN RIEGER  adjourned the  meeting at                 
  2:55 p.m.                                                                    

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