CSHB 163(EDC): "An Act relating to school fundraisers; and providing for an effective date."

00 CS FOR HOUSE BILL NO. 163(EDC) 01 "An Act relating to school fundraisers; and providing for an effective date." 02 BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF ALASKA: 03 * Section 1. AS 14.07.020(a) is amended to read: 04 (a) The department shall 05 (1) exercise general supervision over the public schools of the state 06 except the University of Alaska; 07 (2) study the conditions and needs of the public schools of the state, 08 adopt or recommend plans, administer and evaluate grants to improve school 09 performance awarded under AS 14.03.125, and adopt regulations for the improvement 10 of the public schools; 11 (3) provide advisory and consultative services to all public school 12 governing bodies and personnel; 13 (4) prescribe by regulation a minimum course of study for the public 14 schools; the regulations must provide that, if a course in American Sign Language is 15 given, the course shall be given credit as a course in a foreign language;

01 (5) establish, in coordination with the Department of Health and Social 02 Services, a program for the continuing education of children who are held in detention 03 facilities in the state during the period of detention; 04 (6) accredit those public schools that meet accreditation standards 05 prescribed by regulation by the department; these regulations shall be adopted by the 06 department and presented to the legislature during the first 10 days of any regular 07 session, and become effective 45 days after presentation or at the end of the session, 08 whichever is earlier, unless disapproved by a resolution concurred in by a majority of 09 the members of each house; 10 (7) prescribe by regulation, after consultation with the state fire 11 marshal and the state sanitarian, standards that will ensure [ASSURE] healthful and 12 safe conditions in the public and private schools of the state, including a requirement 13 of physical examinations and immunizations in pre-elementary schools; the standards 14 for private schools may not be more stringent than those for public schools; 15 (8) exercise general supervision over pre-elementary schools that 16 receive direct state or federal funding; 17 (9) exercise general supervision over elementary and secondary 18 correspondence study programs offered by municipal school districts or regional 19 educational attendance areas; the department may also offer and make available to any 20 Alaskan through a centralized office a correspondence study program; 21 (10) accredit private schools that request accreditation and that meet 22 accreditation standards prescribed by regulation by the department; nothing in this 23 paragraph authorizes the department to require religious or other private schools to be 24 licensed; 25 (11) review plans for construction of new public elementary and 26 secondary schools and for additions to and major rehabilitation of existing public 27 elementary and secondary schools and, in accordance with regulations adopted by the 28 department, determine and approve the extent of eligibility for state aid of a school 29 construction or major maintenance project; for the purposes of this paragraph, "plans" 30 include educational specifications, schematic designs, projected energy consumption 31 and costs, and final contract documents;

01 (12) provide educational opportunities in the areas of vocational 02 education and training, and basic education to individuals over 16 years of age who 03 are no longer attending school; 04 (13) administer the grants awarded under AS 14.11; 05 (14) establish, in coordination with the Department of Public Safety, a 06 school bus driver training course; 07 (15) require the reporting of information relating to school disciplinary 08 and safety programs under AS 14.33.120 and of incidents of disruptive or violent 09 behavior; 10 (16) establish by regulation criteria, based on low student performance, 11 under which the department may intervene in a school district to improve instructional 12 practices, as described in AS 14.07.030(14) or (15); the regulations must include 13 (A) a notice provision that alerts the district to the deficiencies 14 and the instructional practice changes proposed by the department; 15 (B) an end date for departmental intervention, as described in 16 AS 14.07.030(14)(A) and (B) and (15), after the district demonstrates three 17 consecutive years of improvement consisting of not less than two percent 18 increases in student proficiency on standards-based assessments in language 19 arts and mathematics, as provided in AS 14.03.123(f)(2)(A); and 20 (C) a process for districts to petition the department for 21 continuing or discontinuing the department's intervention; 22 (17) notify the legislative committees having jurisdiction over 23 education before intervening in a school district under AS 14.07.030(14) or redirecting 24 public school funding under AS 14.07.030(15); [.] 25 (18) authorize schools to approve up to five fundraisers of not 26 more than three days each semester involving the sale of foods that do not meet 27 the food nutrition standards under 42 U.S.C. 1779 for each group, sports team, or 28 club in a school and allow school districts to request authorization to approve 29 additional fundraisers. [REPEALED] 30 * Sec. 2. This Act takes effect immediately under AS 01.10.070(c).