Legislature(2017 - 2018)ADAMS ROOM 519

04/18/2018 09:00 AM FINANCE

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CS FOR SENATE BILL NO. 104(2d FIN)                                                                                            
     "An Act  relating to  the duties  of the  Department of                                                                    
     Education  and  Early   Development;  relating  to  the                                                                    
     duties  of  the  state  Board of  Education  and  Early                                                                    
     Development;   relating   to  school   curricula;   and                                                                    
     relating to  a system for managing  student information                                                                    
     and   records  related   to  individualized   education                                                                    
     programs for children with disabilities."                                                                                  
3:24:13 PM                                                                                                                    
MICHAEL JOHNSON,  COMMISSIONER, DEPARTMENT OF  EDUCATION AND                                                                    
EARLY DEVELOPMENT,  spoke in support  of the bill.  The bill                                                                    
benefited  school  districts.  Some school  districts  would                                                                    
benefit  financially from  the  legislation. The  department                                                                    
was  appreciative because  it benefited  all schools  in the                                                                    
state  by providing  educators additional  information about                                                                    
what was working and being  used at other schools around the                                                                    
state.  It provided  the department  the ability  to collect                                                                    
information and publish it on the department's website.                                                                         
Commissioner  Johnson  continued  that  the  department  was                                                                    
particularly appreciative  of the  bill for  the information                                                                    
it  provided parents  and policy  makers.  It reported  what                                                                    
curriculum was being  used and invited parents to  be a part                                                                    
of  the process  in understanding  what was  being used  for                                                                    
their  students  and  schools. Mostly,  the  department  was                                                                    
appreciative  that   the  bill   did  something   great  for                                                                    
students. He  suggested that by  providing all of  the other                                                                    
people  in   the  system  the  resources   and  information,                                                                    
decisions  would   be  made  to  benefit   students  in  the                                                                    
classroom. The  department was appreciative of  the bill and                                                                    
the conversation that  took place around it.  He was hopeful                                                                    
that  the department  would  be  able to  apply  it for  the                                                                    
benefit of students in the state.                                                                                               
Co-Chair Foster invited the bill sponsor to the table.                                                                          
3:26:49 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR  ANNA MCKINNON,  SPONSOR, introduced  the bill  that                                                                    
was  an   attempt  to   improve  educational   outcomes  for                                                                    
students.   It   was   not  mandatory   for   districts   to                                                                    
participate.   However,  it   allowed   the  Department   of                                                                    
Education and  Early Development to  see if they  were ready                                                                    
to move forward in a process.                                                                                                   
Senator  MacKinnon  continued that  the  bill  would make  a                                                                    
pilot  program  available for  up  to  5 schools.  Hopefully                                                                    
those  schools   would  be  able  to   participate  in  each                                                                    
curriculum in the  effort to improve math  and language arts                                                                    
- basic skills that all  students needed to be successful in                                                                    
elementary school, middle school,  college, and life beyond.                                                                    
She  explained  that  the  3-year  pilot  program  would  be                                                                    
constructed  on the  ability to  be able  to go  forward and                                                                    
look at the  change. Through the first year  of the program,                                                                    
DEED would  work with districts  and teachers  proficient in                                                                    
these skills to  look around the world,  inside America, and                                                                    
inside  Alaska to  see if  the state  had best  practices in                                                                    
place   and   whether   students  could   achieve   outcomes                                                                    
consistent  with the  current standards.  She admitted  that                                                                    
the  standards  could  change  and that  the  bill  did  not                                                                    
address  the standards  in place.  The bill  stipulated that                                                                    
whatever curricula  moved forward  should meet  Alaska State                                                                    
Senator  MacKinnon   continued  to  detail  the   bill.  The                                                                    
legislation  would require  school  districts  to put  their                                                                    
curriculum on DEED's  website so that parents  would have an                                                                    
opportunity  to   understand  and  engage  in   a  student's                                                                    
education  and  opportunities  to support  that  student  in                                                                    
individual  schools. She  emphasized  that it  was the  only                                                                    
mandate in the bill.                                                                                                            
Senator  MacKinnon relayed  that the  bill also  updated and                                                                    
would support  schools that wanted to  improve communication                                                                    
for  individual  education  performance plans.  She  offered                                                                    
that she could go into  extensive detail about the paperwork                                                                    
required  to communicate  an individual  education plan.  As                                                                    
she recalled there  was a minimum of 27  pages and sometimes                                                                    
up to  3, 5, or  15 people that  needed to come  together to                                                                    
sign off on all of  the paperwork for an individual student.                                                                    
She would leave it up to her staff to explain further.                                                                          
Senator MacKinnon offered  that the bill created  a new fund                                                                    
called  the "Curriculum  and Best  Practices  Fund." It  was                                                                    
charged with  $30 million. The  money would not  be extended                                                                    
in a  huge part in  year 1. It  was an  up to amount  of $10                                                                    
million in year  1, year 2, and year 3  of the pilot program                                                                    
as the  program went  forward. She indicated  that depending                                                                    
on the schools and their  readiness or willingness to engage                                                                    
in  the incentivized  curricula,  the fund  would offset  or                                                                    
help individual  schools, the number  would be  expended for                                                                    
the remaining 3 years in different segments.                                                                                    
Senator  MacKinnon did  not anticipate  spending the  entire                                                                    
$30  million.  As  she   understood,  the  Anchorage  School                                                                    
District  recently reviewed  some of  its curricula.  It was                                                                    
her  estimation that  they would  not redo  their curricula.                                                                    
She highlighted another  change in the bill which  had to do                                                                    
with length of  time. Legislators had tried to  find ways to                                                                    
deploy  and streamline  processes for  educators. They  were                                                                    
working hard and  doing a good job in many  areas around the                                                                    
state. However,  some students  were struggling.  She argued                                                                    
that curricula  were the foundation  of trying to  provide a                                                                    
stepping stone to create consistency and support from DEED.                                                                     
Senator  MacKinnon  continued   that  Alaska's  constitution                                                                    
guaranteed  local self-determination.  The reason  why there                                                                    
was a  pilot program  was to try  to bring  people together,                                                                    
specifically Alaska's  Board of  Education to agree  on what                                                                    
was best to  achieve something for students  that they could                                                                    
align with  and succeed  with in their  future. There  was a                                                                    
process  outlined in  the bill  where the  department worked                                                                    
with  school  districts  across the  state  in  forming  and                                                                    
finding  the  curricula that  might  be  available and  then                                                                    
incentivizing its use should districts  choose to do so on a                                                                    
voluntary basis.  As she  understood, specifically  in math,                                                                    
Alaska's  largest  districts  were circling  around  similar                                                                    
curricula. Sometimes  the same process was  not available to                                                                    
smaller  schools. She  elaborated that  depending on  school                                                                    
size, a school  might have different levels  of expertise in                                                                    
individual  subjects in  smaller school  districts. Although                                                                    
the curricula review was extended from  6 years to 10 in the                                                                    
bill, the  state school  board would  be required  to review                                                                    
curricula  for  math and  language  arts  every 5  years  to                                                                    
ensure that the  core portion of learning was  looked at all                                                                    
of the time. She was available for questions.                                                                                   
3:32:50 PM                                                                                                                    
BRITTANY  HUTCHINSON,  STAFF,  SENATOR  ANNA  MCKINNON,  was                                                                    
available to present  the sectional analysis, if  it was the                                                                    
will of the committee.                                                                                                          
Co-Chair Foster did not think  the committee needed a review                                                                    
of the sectional  analysis. He reviewed a  list of available                                                                    
testifiers. He asked  the senator if she  wanted to continue                                                                    
or if she wanted to wait.                                                                                                       
Senator MacKinnon  thought that the will  of the legislature                                                                    
was for  the co-chairmen  to meet  and to  try to  solve and                                                                    
find a  path forward on  the budget.  She was happy  to wait                                                                    
for questions  until after the  public hearing.  Ms. Hartman                                                                    
could stay  to answer questions.  She was aware of  the huge                                                                    
fiscal note  associated with the  bill. She  assured members                                                                    
that the  money was saved  rather than spent.  She explained                                                                    
the reason the number was so  high was because of the ADM at                                                                    
$150 per  student. Everyone had the  ability to participate.                                                                    
However, for the  pilot program only a maximum  of 5 schools                                                                    
would be allowed  to participate - 1 rural and  1 urban. She                                                                    
recollected that Anchorage had already done a rewrite.                                                                          
Co-Chair  Foster indicated  the  committee  would bring  the                                                                    
bill up the following day, rather than being in a rush.                                                                         
3:35:38 PM                                                                                                                    
AT EASE                                                                                                                         
3:36:10 PM                                                                                                                    
Co-Chair Foster would pass the gavel to Vice-Chair Gara.                                                                        
Vice-Chair Gara OPENED public testimony.                                                                                        
3:37:10 PM                                                                                                                    
DR. DEENA BISHOP, ANCHORAGE  SCHOOL DISTRICT, ANCHORAGE (via                                                                    
teleconference),  spoke in  support of  SB 104.  She relayed                                                                    
that  curriculum   was  a  foundational  piece   of  quality                                                                    
instruction.  She understood  education  took resources  and                                                                    
education made a difference. The  bill would provide a means                                                                    
for  all  districts  to access  and  guarantee  them  viable                                                                    
curriculum. State  approved curricula  was a  standard found                                                                    
in many states  allowing for the expertise  and resources to                                                                    
be  shared  by the  largest  and  smallest communities.  She                                                                    
thought  the  bill  was exactly  what  districts  should  be                                                                    
asking  from  the  state  in   support  of  its  schools  in                                                                    
partnership with  DEED. She  Reported that  Anchorage School                                                                    
District supported the bill.                                                                                                    
Representative  Wilson  asked   when  the  Anchorage  school                                                                    
system  last updated  its English  and  math curricula.  Dr.                                                                    
Bishop responded  that the district  had its  first adoption                                                                    
of its K-12 literacy program.  The district had gone through                                                                    
a  process in  the  prior year  to  adopt an  evidence-based                                                                    
reading   curriculum.   The   district  updated   its   math                                                                    
curriculum  5 years  ago. The  district was  not looking  to                                                                    
change  curricula. The  school  district was  using data  to                                                                    
demonstrate the area for which it needed to find growth.                                                                        
Representative Wilson  asked about the process  of reviewing                                                                    
the  district's curriculum.  Dr. Bishop  responded that  the                                                                    
district had  conducted the  process in  small units  due to                                                                    
budget constraints.  The district  had looked  at elementary                                                                    
K-2,   which   had    new   curriculum,   instruction,   and                                                                    
assessments.  In the  following year  the district  would be                                                                    
rolling   out   3-5.   She  elaborated   that   professional                                                                    
development  and preparation  were required  in the  rolling                                                                    
out of new curriculum.                                                                                                          
Vice-Chair  Gara indicated  there were  no other  testifiers                                                                    
3:40:49 PM                                                                                                                    
Representative   Ortiz  asked   Dr.  Bishop   about  science                                                                    
curriculum  being reviewed.  He wondered  if things  changed                                                                    
more rapidly than every 10  years. Dr. Bishop explained that                                                                    
the  school  district  used  its  data.  For  instance,  the                                                                    
district's  math  data  was  enough   to  be  reviewed.  The                                                                    
district  had reviewed  its  data and  found  that what  was                                                                    
happening in  its classrooms currently  was not  meeting its                                                                    
goals in some  areas. The district was  choosing to reinvest                                                                    
in  some  areas. In  other  areas,  in a  6-year  continuous                                                                    
cycle,  the  district  felt   confident.  The  district  was                                                                    
focusing its  energy on  where the  need existed.  She hoped                                                                    
that leadership  around the  state and  individual districts                                                                    
would  do the  same.  The legislation  would  allow for  the                                                                    
expertise  to be  statewide so  that  for smaller  districts                                                                    
that did  not have  the means could  engage in  the process.                                                                    
Anchorage  School  District's  science was  addressed  every                                                                    
year. The district was  working through science, technology,                                                                    
engineering,  and mathematics  (STEM). She  elaborated about                                                                    
curriculum  reviews and  looking  at the  impact in  student                                                                    
learning and whether outcomes were  where they were expected                                                                    
to be. If  they were not, the school district  would look at                                                                    
what  was  happening in  the  schools  from day-to-day.  The                                                                    
school  district  wanted  to   ensure  the  success  of  its                                                                    
students when they left the district.                                                                                           
Vice-Chair Gara thanked Dr. Bishop for her testimony.                                                                           
3:44:33 PM                                                                                                                    
Vice-Chair Gara CLOSED public testimony.                                                                                        
Vice-Chair  Gara  reported  that   amendments  were  due  by                                                                    
Friday,  April  20,  2018  at 5:00  p.m.  [The  meeting  was                                                                    
recessed to the call of the chair but never reconvened.]                                                                        

Document Name Date/Time Subjects
SB 102 - Higher Education Investment Fund excerpt from Treasury report 1-23-18.pdf HFIN 4/18/2018 9:00:00 AM
SB 102
SB 102 - Higher Education Fund Projection - 6.21% return woSB102.pdf HFIN 4/18/2018 9:00:00 AM
SB 102
SB 102 - Higher Ed Fund SB 102 - 6.21% return wSB102.pdf HFIN 4/18/2018 9:00:00 AM
SB 102
SB 102 Sectional Analysis ver A 04.16.2018.pdf HFIN 4/18/2018 9:00:00 AM
SB 102
SB 102 Sponsor Statement 4.16.18.pdf HFIN 4/18/2018 9:00:00 AM
SB 102
SB 104 Letter of Support ACSA 4.14.18.pdf HFIN 4/18/2018 9:00:00 AM
SB 104
CSSB 104 IEP Explanation SFIN Request 4.14.18.pdf HFIN 4/18/2018 9:00:00 AM
SB 104
CSSB 104 Sectional Analysis 4.16.18.pdf HFIN 4/18/2018 9:00:00 AM
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SB 104 Letter of Support Kenai Peninsula Borough School District 4.14.18.pdf HFIN 4/18/2018 9:00:00 AM
SB 104
SB 104 Letter of Support MSBSD 4.14.18.pdf HFIN 4/18/2018 9:00:00 AM
SB 104
SB 104 Sponsor Statement.pdf HFIN 4/18/2018 9:00:00 AM
SB 104
SB 216 School Consolidation Presentation-House Finance.pdf HFIN 4/18/2018 9:00:00 AM
SB 216
SB216 CS FIN Summary of Changes All Versions.pdf HFIN 4/18/2018 9:00:00 AM
SB 216
SB 216 Sectional Analysis Ver. T 04.13.18.pdf HFIN 4/18/2018 9:00:00 AM
SB 216
SB 216 Sponsor Statement 03.21.18.pdf HFIN 4/18/2018 9:00:00 AM
SB 216
SB 216 Basic Middle School Consolidation Example 041818.pdf HFIN 4/18/2018 9:00:00 AM
SB 216
SB 216 Basic Elementary School Consolidation Example 041818.pdf HFIN 4/18/2018 9:00:00 AM
SB 216
SB 102 TelAK letter 4.16.18.pdf HFIN 4/18/2018 9:00:00 AM
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SB 102 DRS Techonologies Letter 4.16.18.pdf HFIN 4/18/2018 9:00:00 AM
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SB 102 Adak Letter 4.16.18.pdf HFIN 4/18/2018 9:00:00 AM
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SB 102 Cordova Telephone Cooperative Letter 4.16.18.pdf HFIN 4/18/2018 9:00:00 AM
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SB 102 Alaska Communications Letter 4.16.18.pdf HFIN 4/18/2018 9:00:00 AM
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DEED HFSC Budget Overview LAM 1.31.18.pdf HFIN 4/18/2018 9:00:00 AM
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