Legislature(2015 - 2016)CAPITOL 106

02/01/2016 08:00 AM EDUCATION

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+= HB 102 RESIDENTIAL PSYCH CTR; EDUC. STDRS/FUNDS TELECONFERENCED
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*+ HB 157 LANG. IMMERSION SCHOOLS/TEACHER CERTS. TELECONFERENCED
Heard & Held
         HB 157-LANG. IMMERSION SCHOOLS/TEACHER CERTS.                                                                      
                                                                                                                              
8:01:30 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR KELLER announced that the  first order of business would be                                                               
HOUSE  BILL  NO. 157,  "An  Act  relating to  language  immersion                                                               
charter schools; relating to  teacher certification; and relating                                                               
to  standards-based  assessments  in language  immersion  charter                                                               
schools and language immersion programs."                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
8:02:23 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE KREISS-TOMKINS, as sponsor  of HB 157, stated that                                                               
the  overall  goal  of  the  legislation  is  to  make  immersion                                                               
language charter  schools an  easier reality  in Alaska,  for new                                                               
and  existing  facilities.    He  paraphrased  from  the  sponsor                                                               
statement,   which   read   as  follows   [original   punctuation                                                               
provided]:                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
     Language   immersion  education   is  an   increasingly                                                                    
     popular  educational   model,  especially   in  today's                                                                    
     rapidly    globalizing   world.    Language   immersion                                                                    
     education   also    produces   impressive   educational                                                                    
     outcomes. Decades  of experience from around  the world                                                                    
     have  shown  that   language  immersion  education  can                                                                    
     create second-language fluency  while also contributing                                                                    
     to academic success in other subjects.                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
     Alaska already has a variety  of successful and popular                                                                    
     immersion programs.  Fronteras in the  Mat-Su (Spanish)                                                                    
     and  Rilke  Schule  in   Anchorage  (German)  are  both                                                                    
     planning  moves to  new facilities  as interest  grows.                                                                    
     Anchorage School  District's world  languages immersion                                                                    
     program  teaches three  languages -  Japanese, Russian,                                                                    
     and Spanish  - and is  in the process of  adding French                                                                    
     and Chinese.  In rural Alaska,  interest is  growing in                                                                    
     immersion  as   a  way   to  teach   endangered  Native                                                                    
     languages,  Ayaprun Elitnaurvik  in Bethel  leading the                                                                    
     way.                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
     HB 157  creates a  charter school designation  with the                                                                    
     specific  mission  of  delivering  a  curriculum  in  a                                                                    
     foreign or Native language, and  holds these schools to                                                                    
     a   strict  immersion   standard.  It   requires  fully                                                                    
     certified  teachers in  these charter  schools to  have                                                                    
     the specialized skills  necessary to successfully teach                                                                    
     in  an immersion  setting, and  it includes  provisions                                                                    
     that will  put in  the classroom language  speakers who                                                                    
     know  how to  teach  but may  not be  able  to get  the                                                                    
     necessary   formal  qualifications   to  become   fully                                                                    
     certified.  HB 157  also allows  teachers in  immersion                                                                    
     charter schools  that teach  an Alaska  Native language                                                                    
     to be  certified through  processes developed  by local                                                                    
     communities.                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
     Immersion  education  broadens students'  knowledge  of                                                                    
     the world,  gives them skills  to help them  succeed in                                                                    
     their   future  careers,   and  often   improves  their                                                                    
     academic performance not just  in language classes, but                                                                    
     in all subjects.                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
8:04:25 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  KELLER  asked for  a  description  regarding the  academic                                                               
approach of an immersion school.                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE KREISS-TOMKINS explained  that an immersion school                                                               
caters to  a target language  other than English,  as predominant                                                               
in  the classroom,  although not  necessarily exclusive;  often a                                                               
blend.    Children  who  learn   a  second  language  in  school,                                                               
particularly at an early age, often become fluent in both.                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
8:05:34 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REID MAGDANZ, Staff,  Representative Kreiss-Tomkins, Alaska State                                                               
Legislature,  emphasized  that  immersion schooling  goes  beyond                                                               
teaching a language to include  instruction of academic subjects,                                                               
such  as social  studies  and math,  in  the immersion  language,                                                               
while other topics may be provided in English.                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
8:06:21 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MR. MAGDANZ  provided a sectional  analysis, stating that  Sec. 1                                                               
and Sec.  2, work in unison  for the establishment of  a language                                                               
immersion  charter  school.    Section  2  further  provides  the                                                               
subsections (a)-(f)  to establish  the specific  requirements for                                                               
immersion language  facilities that  are outside of  the standard                                                               
charter  school  standards.   The  major  difference is  that  an                                                               
immersion  school provides  half of  the instructional  hours, at                                                               
each  grade level,  in the  target language.   Additionally,  the                                                               
teachers, instructing in the target  language, the language other                                                               
than  English,  must  have  mastery of  that  language  and  some                                                               
training in  immersion education.   Section 3 creates  a language                                                               
endorsement,  received  via  application  to  the  Department  of                                                               
Education and  Early Development  (EED), to  satisfy verification                                                               
of an  immersion teacher's training.   Sections 4, 5, and  6 deal                                                               
with  the state's  Type M,  limited teacher  certificate program.                                                               
Current  law   validates  these  certificates  for   teachers  of                                                               
vocational  education, Alaska  Native  language  and culture,  or                                                               
military  science courses.   The  Alaska Native  language portion                                                               
has been  extracted and addressed specifically,  creating Sec. 6,                                                               
to  encompass  all  languages.   The  bill  proposes  some  minor                                                               
changes,  regarding  teacher  qualifications.   Additionally  the                                                               
limited certificates  are probationary,  initially valid  for one                                                               
year, and  subject to revalidation  by the  school administrator;                                                               
currently  the certificate  is valid  for five  years.   Finally,                                                               
Sec.  6  removes the  authority  of  the  board of  education  to                                                               
require  additional  academic  training  as  a  prerequisite  for                                                               
certification  renewal.     He  explained  that   many  qualified                                                               
professionals,  or Native  elders, may  not hold  a baccalaureate                                                               
degree but  are able to  provide essential knowledge.   Section 7                                                               
deals with certifications  made by local tribal  government.  The                                                               
premise  is  that rural  community  members  are best  suited  to                                                               
determine  who in  their village  has  the ability  to speak  the                                                               
Native  language,   as  well  as   further  the  culture.     The                                                               
certificate is  only automatically valid in  a language immersion                                                               
school; beyond that  scope, the local school board  would need to                                                               
provide  permission  for  use  of   the  certificate  within  the                                                               
district.  The last section,  Sec. 8, covers the requirements for                                                               
testing, and is  modeled after an example  originating in Hawaii,                                                               
he  said.   It  stipulates that  students  may take  standardized                                                               
tests in  the target  language, in so  far as  federal regulation                                                               
allows.                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
8:12:25 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  COLVER expressed  support for  HB 157  and opined                                                               
that legislation addressing this situation  is overdue.  He asked                                                               
about the application of the  Type M certification, as it appears                                                               
in the bill.                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MR. MAGDANZ said  the references are found in  Sec. 5, subsection                                                               
(b), and Sec.  6, subsection (d).  He directed  attention to Sec.                                                               
5, page 4, lines 24-29, and read:                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
         Sec. 5. AS 14.20.025 is amended by adding new                                                                          
     subsections to read:                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
      (b)  A limited certificate issued under this section                                                                      
      is initially valid for one year.  The department may                                                                      
     extend a limited certificate  issued under this section                                                                    
     for an  additional four  years if  the school  board of                                                                    
     the  district or  regional educational  attendance area                                                                    
     that requested the issuance  of the limited certificate                                                                    
     requests   that  the   certificate   be  extended   and                                                                    
     certifies that  the person  has demonstrated  skills in                                                                    
     classroom  instruction,   curriculum  development,  and                                                                    
     student assessment.                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
8:13:48 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE COLVER asked  whether it is the  intent that every                                                               
certificate will have a probationary period, as mentioned.                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
MR. MAGDANZ responded yes.                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE COLVER  noted that  Sec. 5 provides  the authority                                                               
to the  local school boards  to extend the  certificate, however,                                                               
other sections  address department policy.   He suggested  that a                                                               
school board may  not agree with a charter  school and questioned                                                               
the approval process.                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
MR. MAGDANZ pointed  out that the bill  allows language immersion                                                               
charter schools, and  only those schools, the  ability to request                                                               
a limited  language certificate.   The academic  policy committee                                                               
of the  immersion school would  request the  certificate, without                                                               
having  to approach  the local  school board.   Currently  school                                                               
boards are the authorizing entity  and make the request on behalf                                                               
of the school.                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
8:16:32 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  SEATON  referred to  the  ability  to extend  the                                                               
certification for five  years and asked about the  purpose of the                                                               
limitation.                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
MR. MAGDANZ responded  that a one year  probationary period would                                                               
apply, with the opportunity to be continued for four years.                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
8:18:19 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  DRUMMOND noted  that language  immersion programs                                                               
have  existed  in  the  Anchorage   public  schools  for  several                                                               
decades, and asked how teacher  selection and program performance                                                               
compares to  what is  being proposed.   Additionally  she queried                                                               
whether  the  certificate  could  impact programs  that  are  not                                                               
operated in charter schools.                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  KREISS-TOMKINS  acknowledged   ASD's  history  of                                                               
language  programs and  said the  district was  contacted, during                                                               
the crafting of the bill.                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
MR. MAGDANZ added that the  limited certificates, being proposed,                                                               
would be  valid in any  of the Anchorage public  school immersion                                                               
programs.                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
8:20:34 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE VAZQUEZ  directed attention  to the bill  and said                                                               
the proposed  deletion of  the language on  page 4,  lines 19-22,                                                               
regarding  the requirement  for academic  training, suggests  the                                                               
need to also delete similar language on page 5, lines 1-2.                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
MR. MAGDANZ offered his understanding of the drafter's intent.                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
8:23:16 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  SEATON  read  from  page 5,  lines  28-31,  which                                                               
states:                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
     (c)   A  person   who  possesses   a  limited   teacher                                                                    
     certificate  issued  under  this section  may  teach  a                                                                    
     subject  other than  the language  in which  the person                                                                    
     demonstrates proficiency  under (b)(4) of  this section                                                                    
     if the  person completes a  course or program  of study                                                                    
     in language immersion education.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE SEATON  expressed concern  that the  certificate M                                                               
holder would  be allowed to  teach classes other than  the target                                                               
language  course,  despite the  possibility  that  they may  lack                                                               
qualifications  in those  subjects.   He stated  support for  the                                                               
intent  of allowing  competent speakers  access to  instruct, but                                                               
opined  that  the  certificate should  not  allow  indiscriminate                                                               
teaching, without adequate qualification considerations.                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
8:25:11 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE COLVER turned to page 6, line 10, and read:                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
     (e)  The board  may  not require,  as  a condition  for                                                                    
     extending or  renewing a limited certificate  under (d)                                                                    
     of  this section,  that  a  person complete  additional                                                                    
     academic training.                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  COLVER  asked  if,  in order  to  implement  this                                                               
provision,  it  will  be  necessary for  EED  to  promulgate  new                                                               
regulation.                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
MR. MAGDANZ responded yes.                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
8:26:17 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE SEATON  recalled the Old Russian  Village schools,                                                               
hosted in his district, which  practice 100 percent immersion for                                                               
specific years.   He asked for  assurance that the bill  does not                                                               
invoke limitations  on language immersion programs  at facilities                                                               
that are not charter schools.                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  KREISS-TOMKINS  stated  that the  bill  does  not                                                               
impinge on  existing programs being  operated within  a district,                                                               
nor  it require  that  the  immersion program  be  provided by  a                                                               
charter school.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
8:28:17 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE   TALERICO   supported   Representative   Seaton's                                                               
concern and referred to Sec. 2, page 2, lines 21-23, which read:                                                                
                                                                                                                                
     Except as provided  in (d) of this  section, a language                                                                    
     immersion  charter school  shall  provide  at least  50                                                                    
     percent of  the school's  instructional hours  for each                                                                    
     grade level in an indigenous or foreign language.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE TALERICO  asked about  the 50  percent requirement                                                               
in each grade level, and how it was derived.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE KREISS-TOMKINS  acknowledged the concern  and said                                                               
a number of sources were  considered, in proposing the 50 percent                                                               
level.                                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
MR. MAGDANZ  confirmed the  variety of  methods used,  around the                                                               
world,  with  a general  consensus  that  50/50 is  an  effective                                                               
approach.                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
8:30:24 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  KELLER noted  that  the official  language  of the  United                                                               
States is English and asked whether  there is a reason to clarify                                                               
and acknowledge that fact within the bill.                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE   KREISS-TOMKINS    said   there    are   implicit                                                               
assumptions  in the  bill which  could be  made explicit  through                                                               
further verbiage.                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
8:32:36 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE VAZQUEZ directed attention to page 7, lines 11-                                                                  
15, which read:                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
     (c)  The   department  may  not  recognize   a  teacher                                                                    
     certificate  issued by  an Alaska  Native tribe  if the                                                                    
     person who  possesses the teacher certificate  has been                                                                    
     convicted of  a crime, or an  attempt, solicitation, or                                                                    
     conspiracy to  commit a crime  involving a  minor under                                                                    
     AS  11.41.410 -  11.41.460  or a  law  or ordinance  in                                                                    
     another  jurisdiction  with   elements  similar  to  an                                                                    
     offense described in this subsection.                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE VAZQUEZ  cited specific  state statute  not listed                                                               
which,  she  opined,  might  allow  someone  with  serious  crime                                                               
violations to  teach.  She  suggested that the Department  of Law                                                               
(DOL) be asked for an opinion.                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
8:35:12 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  COLVER turned  to Sec.  7, page  6, lines  19-20,                                                               
which read:                                                                                                                     
     (1) the  Alaska Native  tribe submits a  description of                                                                    
     the Alaska  Native tribe's certification  procedures to                                                                    
     the department;                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  COLVER asked  how  the academic  back-up will  be                                                               
fulfilled  in  creating an  Alaska  Native  language and  culture                                                               
certificate, and whether EED would need to write new regulation.                                                                
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE KREISS-TOMKINS  said the intent is  to acknowledge                                                               
that  a   fluent  Native  language   speaker,  identified   by  a                                                               
community, would not  be required to undergo  a proficiency test.                                                               
Some  states,  such  as  Kansas,   may  require  Native  American                                                               
language teachers to take a battery of tests.                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
MR.  MAGDANZ acknowledged  that the  bill, as  written, does  not                                                               
well define Alaska's situation, and  it is expected to be crafted                                                               
further to better address the proposed program.                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
8:37:27 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  COLVER   pointed  out  the   testing  requirement                                                               
proposed in  Sec. 8, and  asked whether the  statewide standards-                                                               
based assessments  in the  target languages exist  or need  to be                                                               
created.  The proposed section reads:                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
     Sec. 8. AS 14.30 is amended  by adding a new section to                                                                    
     article 9 to read:                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
     Sec.   14.30.430.   Testing   in   language   immersion                                                                    
     educational  programs.  The  department shall,  to  the                                                                    
     extent  permitted   by  federal  law,   allow  students                                                                    
     enrolled   in   language  immersion   charter   schools                                                                    
     established  under  AS   14.03.257  or  other  language                                                                    
     immersion  programs to  take statewide  standards-based                                                                    
     assessments  in  the  language of  instruction  of  the                                                                    
     language   immersion   charter   school   or   language                                                                    
     immersion program.                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  KREISS-TOMKINS  responded  that  other  immersion                                                               
programs,  across the  country, may  have a  similar requirement,                                                               
and  any  pertinent  tests  that could  be  implemented  will  be                                                               
identified.   Following a  recent meeting  with EED,  the section                                                               
may be eliminated, he reported.                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE COLVER said the intent  of an immersion program is                                                               
to  work,  teach,  and  learn,  in a  foreign  language,  and  he                                                               
acknowledged the  variables involved.   A bottom-up  approach may                                                               
need  to be  taken  to resolve  the best  means  for testing,  he                                                               
opined.                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
8:40:15 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  KELLER  pointed   out  a  series  of   "may"  and  "shall"                                                               
declarations,  page 4,  line 25,  page 5,  line 12,  and page  6,                                                               
lines 4 and 17, which  suggest incongruous applications, which he                                                               
asked to have scrutinized.                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
MR. MAGDANZ agreed.                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
8:43:05 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR KELLER opened public testimony.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
8:43:34 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
SUSAN  SCHMIDT,  Executive  Director,  Staffing  and  Operations,                                                               
Anchorage School District  (ASD), stated support for  HB 157, and                                                               
stressed  the difficulty  in finding  teachers for  Alaska Native                                                               
languages.  She  said, despite its sizeable  population, it isn't                                                               
easy to  fill Native language  positions in Anchorage,  and added                                                               
that it must  be even more difficult in smaller  districts.  As a                                                               
12  year immersion  school principal,  she reported  students are                                                               
fluent by  the fourth  grade in  English, as  well as  the target                                                               
language.   Alaska is  on the cutting  edge of  offering language                                                               
immersion  programs,  she opined,  and  it  appears to  help  the                                                               
children excel  in other subjects;  as shown via testing  that is                                                               
administered  in  English.     Immersion  language  programs  are                                                               
beneficial  to students  who will  take their  place in  a global                                                               
economy.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
8:46:12 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
BRANDON  LOCKE,  Director,   World  Languages,  Anchorage  School                                                               
District (ASD), stated support for  HB 157, and described the ASD                                                               
immersion  program,   which  has  approximately   2,500  students                                                               
enrolled in  levels K-12.   The  Japanese program  is celebrating                                                               
its  26th year  and  other languages  served  include:   Spanish,                                                               
Russian,  German  and Mandarin  Chinese.    The programs  in  the                                                               
district follow  the 50/50  model, which he  detailed and  said a                                                               
full immersion model  doesn't exist in Anchorage.   He noted that                                                               
many of the  teachers arrive from other  fields, with backgrounds                                                               
in areas such  as engineering or medicine.  Hires  are made based                                                               
on  an   individual's  ability  to  speak   the  target  language                                                               
fluently.   These  teachers are  well  educated, but  may not  be                                                               
proficient enough in  English to pass the  basic competency tests                                                               
to receive a  teaching credential; the tests  are administered in                                                               
English.   Alaska is  nationally recognized  as a  best practices                                                               
model for language immersion.                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
8:50:05 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  SEATON  asked  for  clarification  regarding  the                                                               
validity  of the  provisional certificates  and any  restrictions                                                               
for use in certain physical areas or regions.                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
MR. MAGDANZ responded that the  limited certificate is valid only                                                               
in the district that made the request.                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
8:52:57 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
KATHERINE   GARDNER,   Executive   Director,   Human  Resources,                                                                
Matanuska-Susitna   Borough  School   District,  stated  support                                                                
for  HB 157,  paraphrasing   from  a prepared  statement,   which                                                               
read as follows [original punctuation provided]:                                                                                
     I am  speaking to you  today to express my  support for                                                                    
     House  Bill  157,  specifically  those  amendments  and                                                                    
     additions   which  pertain   to  the   requirements  of                                                                    
     certification for teachers of immersion programs.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
     The  Mat-Su School  District supports  education choice                                                                    
     as a  fundamental part  of our school  system.   We are                                                                    
     proud that  Fronteras Spanish Immersion  Charter School                                                                    
     is  one of  the  many successful  options available  to                                                                    
     families in our  Borough.  I can  speak from experience                                                                    
     in   supporting  the   hiring   at  Fronteras   Spanish                                                                    
     Immersion  Charter  School,  however,  that  adequately                                                                    
     staffing  an immersion  school  is  a challenging  task                                                                    
     under  the  current  regulatory  landscape  in  Alaska.                                                                    
     Skilled language  and culture teachers are  not readily                                                                    
     found  in  the  typical  labor market  and  many  times                                                                    
     individuals who possess the  requisite knowledge of the                                                                    
     language  or culture  are not  licensed teachers.   The                                                                    
     flexibility  proposed   in  HB  157   recognizes  these                                                                    
     realities, and supports  alternative methods to teacher                                                                    
     certification,  similarly to  how we  would other  non-                                                                    
     traditional teacher experts.                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
     I   would   ask   the  committee   to   give   adequate                                                                    
     consideration to  an extended effective date  for those                                                                    
     provisions which impact  current programs and teachers.                                                                    
     Though some  of the  stated requirements  for operation                                                                    
     of a  charter school will  be easy to  demonstrate some                                                                    
     may require  time to  show compliance.   For  example -                                                                    
     the addition of the  language immersion endorsement for                                                                    
     all existing  language immersion teachers,  teaching in                                                                    
     the  schools  designated  language.   I  want  to  also                                                                    
     express  my   support  for  a  deeper   look  into  the                                                                    
     certification process for  language immersion teachers,                                                                    
     as raised  by some of  the questions which  have [been]                                                                    
     asked   today  which   speak  to   the  rigor   of  the                                                                    
     certification  renewal  process   -  though  I  support                                                                    
     additional  flexibility   for  our  district   and  the                                                                    
     language immersion  school we have -  we are interested                                                                    
     in hiring  the best  teachers and as  you've recognized                                                                    
     immersion  teachers are  teaching traditional  subjects                                                                    
     in  the  immersion  language not  simply  the  language                                                                    
     itself so  to have little  to no requirements  of these                                                                    
     individuals  to  pursue  certificate renewal  would  be                                                                    
     inconsistent with other practitioners.                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
8:55:43 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
JENNIFER   HUTCHINS,   Principal,   Fronteras   Charter  School,                                                                
Spanish  American   Immersion  School,  stated   support  for  HB
157   and   stressed   the   difficulty   involved    in   hiring                                                               
certified   teachers  who   are  fluent  in   target  languages.                                                                
Testing  a  candidate  in a  language  other  than  their  native                                                               
tongue  is  a  barrier.   The  teachers  are  solid,  but  it  is                                                               
difficult  for them  to gain  the appropriate   certification  to                                                               
remain   in  the  classroom.     She  offered   that  widespread                                                                
support   exists   for   this  bill.      Native   speakers   are                                                               
available,   and  would   like   to  assist   in  the  classroom                                                                
setting,   thus   removing    barriers   will   be   helpful   in                                                               
fulfilling the need for teachers.                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
9:00:08 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE   SEATON   acknowledged   the  multiple  articles                                                                
included  in the  packet  and asked  whether  data  is available                                                                
to  support   the   claims.     If   statistics   are  available                                                                
charting  success  of  comparable  programs,  he  asked  to  have                                                               
the documents added to the packet.                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  KELLER  said  public  testimony  would  remain  open,  and                                                               
announced HB 157 as held.                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                

Document Name Date/Time Subjects
HB157 Hearing Request.pdf HEDC 2/1/2016 8:00:00 AM
HEDC 2/8/2016 8:00:00 AM
HB 157
HB157 Sponsor Statement.pdf HEDC 2/1/2016 8:00:00 AM
HEDC 2/8/2016 8:00:00 AM
HB 157
HB157 Sectional Analysis.pdf HEDC 2/1/2016 8:00:00 AM
HEDC 2/8/2016 8:00:00 AM
HB 157
HB157 Fiscal note.pdf HEDC 2/1/2016 8:00:00 AM
HEDC 2/8/2016 8:00:00 AM
HB 157
HB157 Support Fronteras.pdf HEDC 2/1/2016 8:00:00 AM
HEDC 2/8/2016 8:00:00 AM
HB 157
HB157 Supporting Documents-Article Indian Country Today 9-1-2014.pdf HEDC 2/1/2016 8:00:00 AM
HEDC 2/8/2016 8:00:00 AM
HB 157
HB157 Supporting Documents-Article Salt Lake Tribune 8-4-2012.pdf HEDC 2/1/2016 8:00:00 AM
HEDC 2/8/2016 8:00:00 AM
HB 157
8 HB157 SB84 Support.docx HEDC 2/1/2016 8:00:00 AM
HEDC 2/8/2016 8:00:00 AM
HB 157
SB 84
HB157 Supporting Documents-Website Utah Dual Language Immersion Program.pdf HEDC 2/1/2016 8:00:00 AM
HEDC 2/8/2016 8:00:00 AM
HB 157
HB157 ver S.PDF HEDC 2/1/2016 8:00:00 AM
HEDC 2/8/2016 8:00:00 AM
HB 157
1 HB102 Sponsor.pdf HEDC 2/1/2016 8:00:00 AM
HB 102
2 HB102.pdf HEDC 2/1/2016 8:00:00 AM
HB 102
3 CSHB102.pdf HEDC 2/1/2016 8:00:00 AM
HB 102
4 CSHB102 Changes from version W to P.pdf HEDC 2/1/2016 8:00:00 AM
HB 102
5 CSHB102 draft version P.pdf HEDC 2/1/2016 8:00:00 AM
HB 102
HB102 Fiscal note.pdf HEDC 2/1/2016 8:00:00 AM
HB 102
6 HB102 Fiscal Note EED-SS 3-13-15.pdf HEDC 2/1/2016 8:00:00 AM
HB 102
8HB102 Support KANA.pdf HEDC 2/1/2016 8:00:00 AM
HB 102
9 HB102 Support IDEA.pdf HEDC 2/1/2016 8:00:00 AM
HB 102
10 HB102 Support JYS.pdf HEDC 2/1/2016 8:00:00 AM
HB 102
11HB102 Support Mike Lyons.pdf HEDC 2/1/2016 8:00:00 AM
HB 102
12 HB102 Support North Star 1.pdf HEDC 2/1/2016 8:00:00 AM
HB 102
13 HB102 North Star 2.pdf HEDC 2/1/2016 8:00:00 AM
HB 102
14 HB102 NorthStar Response to Committee Questions.pdf HEDC 2/1/2016 8:00:00 AM
HB 102
15 HB102 Comparison of Services ASD NSBH.pdf HEDC 2/1/2016 8:00:00 AM
HB 102
16 HB 102 SupportTestmony David Nees.msg HEDC 2/1/2016 8:00:00 AM
HB 102
17 HB102 Support Providence-Kodiak Counseling Center.pdf HEDC 2/1/2016 8:00:00 AM
HB 102
18 HB102 Oppose ASD Letter.pdf HEDC 2/1/2016 8:00:00 AM
HB 102
20 HB102 Oppose Testimony Hope.msg HEDC 2/1/2016 8:00:00 AM
HB 102
21 HB102_Oppose KPBSD_Clayton Holland 2015.pdf HEDC 2/1/2016 8:00:00 AM
HB 102
22HB 102 Oppostion Wassman.pdf HEDC 2/1/2016 8:00:00 AM
HB 102
23 CSHB102 Work Draft I Jan.29 2016.pdf HEDC 2/1/2016 8:00:00 AM
HB 102