Legislature(2017 - 2018)BUTROVICH 205

04/07/2017 08:00 AM EDUCATION

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Heard & Held
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Moved SB 102 Out of Committee
Moved SB 103 Out of Committee
Moved SB 104 Out of Committee
                  SB 104-EDUCATION CURRICULUM                                                                               
8:40:49 AM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR HUGHES announced the consideration of SB 104.                                                                             
8:41:11 AM                                                                                                                    
BRITTANY HUTCHISON,  Staff, Senator Anna MacKinnon,  Alaska State                                                               
Legislature,  reviewed  SB 104  on  behalf  of the  sponsor.  She                                                               
addressed  concerns of  public  testifiers. She  said  SB 104  is                                                               
completely voluntary. The state plans  to pay for the fiscal note                                                               
and  additional   staff,  if  needed,  curriculum   research  and                                                               
professional development, but it will  not come out of DEED funds                                                               
or  district funds.  It would  come out  of the  Alaska Education                                                               
Innovation Grant  Fund. The  bill will  not touch  local control.                                                               
The  goal is  to  provide a  curriculum in  math  and English  to                                                               
students in  schools that don't  have the necessary  resources to                                                               
come  up with  their  own curriculum.  It  provides a  three-year                                                               
review  reprieve to  help the  commissioner  in implementing  the                                                               
Alaska Education Challenge.                                                                                                     
8:42:33 AM                                                                                                                    
MS. HUTCHISON  summarized that the  three bills are not  meant to                                                               
make  up for  the  difference  in the  BSA  reduction. The  bills                                                               
should provide funding  and cost savings to  school districts and                                                               
provide a funding stream to  bridge the achievement gap and bring                                                               
curriculum, students,  and instruction in line  with 21st Century                                                               
8:43:09 AM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR  BEGICH asked  what the  impetus for  the bill  was. Many                                                               
districts testified that the bill would have no impact on them.                                                                 
MS. HUTCHISON  replied that  Senator MacKinnon  wrote a  letter a                                                               
few years  ago to the  State Board of Education  regarding common                                                               
curriculum to help  districts. The sponsor has  been contacted by                                                               
smaller schools  with a request  for English and  math curriculum                                                               
SENATOR BEGICH said that is a persuasive answer.                                                                                
SENATOR  STEVENS  asked  if  the  department  could  discuss  the                                                               
8:45:05 AM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR HUGHES requested  clarification of the fiscal  notes for SB
104. It  says that  (DEED) must  purchase and  provide curriculum                                                               
for  the  seven test  districts  and  make  it available  to  all                                                               
MS.  HUTCHISON  explained  that   the  department  will  purchase                                                               
curriculum using the new Alaska Innovation Education Grant Fund.                                                                
CHAIR HUGHES asked if the  department will pay for the quantities                                                               
the districts need.                                                                                                             
MS. HUTCHISON offered to find out.                                                                                              
8:46:34 AM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR  BEGICH asked  what happens  if the  Innovation Education                                                               
Grant Fund does not pass.                                                                                                       
MS.  HUTCHISON replied  it would  come out  of the  Alaska Higher                                                               
Education Fund.                                                                                                                 
8:47:16 AM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR  STEVENS asked  how the  department  would implement  the                                                               
8:47:29 AM                                                                                                                    
PAUL  PRUSSING, Deputy  Director, Teacher  and Learning  Support,                                                               
Department of  Education and  Early Development  (DEED), answered                                                               
questions related  to SB 104.  He replied  that it would  be very                                                               
challenging for  the department to  implement because  they don't                                                               
have  a content  specialist  and the  testing  of the  curriculum                                                               
would  be extensive  and  costly.  Math would  be  cost $328  per                                                               
student,  so for  Anchorage it  would be  about $30  million. The                                                               
reviewing, testing,  and implementing of the  curriculum would be                                                               
expensive.  He  shared  his experience  with  the  Reading  First                                                               
Curriculum and  the work and  expense involved.  Eventually, they                                                               
discovered an  additional need to have  supplemental programs for                                                               
unique  populations. The  fiscal  note  is indeterminate  because                                                               
there are so many unknowns.                                                                                                     
8:50:07 AM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR GIESSEL  appreciated the  need for a  curriculum process.                                                               
She asked how a school district chooses a curriculum.                                                                           
MR. PRUSSING  explained that  teachers know  their kids  and what                                                               
works for  them. There is  discussion amongst districts  and they                                                               
share curriculum.                                                                                                               
8:51:22 AM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR HUGHES asked  if other states have taken this  on. She said                                                               
it sounds complicated.                                                                                                          
MR.  PRUSSING  said  he  researched  for  three  days,  including                                                               
talking  with  Education  Northwest,  a  regional  resource,  and                                                               
didn't find much  information. A few states  have undertaken this                                                               
with varying degrees of success.                                                                                                
8:52:05 AM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR  COGHILL  said  it  is  good  information.  He  spoke  of                                                               
developed  curriculum and  the pressure  to buy  it. He  asked if                                                               
cyber education is changing the curriculum makeup.                                                                              
8:53:17 AM                                                                                                                    
MR. PRUSSING  said that some  districts are not  buying textbooks                                                               
any  more. There  is  a market  for a  state's  unique needs  and                                                               
vendors are reacting to those needs.                                                                                            
8:54:03 AM                                                                                                                    
MS. TESHNER explained  the indeterminate fiscal note  for SB 104.                                                               
There  would  be   a  need  for  three   positions;  two  content                                                               
specialists,  one in  math  and  one in  Language  Arts, and  one                                                               
support staff.                                                                                                                  
CHAIR HUGHES asked about the  department purchasing and providing                                                               
curriculum to districts.                                                                                                        
8:55:07 AM                                                                                                                    
MR.  PRUSSING explained  that the  state would  be providing  the                                                               
curriculum  to any  district  that  would like  it.  It could  be                                                               
expensive because some may want books; some technology.                                                                         
8:55:44 AM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR COGHILL asked if the department has done this before.                                                                   
8:56:06 AM                                                                                                                    
MR. PRUSSING  replied that the department  has provided resources                                                               
to  districts. In  2005 the  department worked  on a  project for                                                               
lesson plans which  were available on line. It was  not used very                                                               
SENATOR COGHILL recalled an Alaska History curriculum.                                                                          
8:57:03 AM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR  HUGHES   commented  that  the  department   would  provide                                                               
evidence-based  curriculum to  ensure  that  districts receive  a                                                               
quality product.                                                                                                                
8:57:47 AM                                                                                                                    
MR. PRUSSING asked what happens  when the kids are not successful                                                               
when  using a  department-provided  curriculum. He  spoke of  the                                                               
importance   of  local   knowledge  and   the  need   for  yearly                                                               
professional development.                                                                                                       
8:58:42 AM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR STEVENS  voiced concern about  the role of  local control                                                               
in this process.                                                                                                                
MR.  PRUSSING thought  the bill  would change  the role  of local                                                               
control because  the curriculum  might not  have the  approval of                                                               
the local school board.                                                                                                         
9:00:07 AM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR HUGHES pointed  out that the curriculum is  optional, and a                                                               
district could continue with what they are currently doing.                                                                     
9:00:29 AM                                                                                                                    
MR. PRUSSING  referred to page  1, line  9, which says  the State                                                               
Board  shall   approve  curricula   used  by  the   five  largest                                                               
9:00:41 AM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR GIESSEL  pointed out that  it also includes  the Regional                                                               
Education Attendance Areas (REAA).                                                                                              
9:01:02 AM                                                                                                                    
MS.  HUTCHISON  stated  that  the bill  is  voluntary  and  local                                                               
control  is  not  being  touched.   In  the  first  section,  the                                                               
curriculum  approval  and review  is  only  for the  first  three                                                               
years. There  will be curriculum  available, but no one  must use                                                               
it. The  bill provides  a break  for three  years from  having to                                                               
establish new curriculum.                                                                                                       
CHAIR HUGHES summarized that it  gives the department the ability                                                               
to approve the curriculum for five districts.                                                                                   
9:03:17 AM                                                                                                                    
MS.  HUTCHISON corrected  that since  the five  largest districts                                                               
and the two  REAAs have curriculum that is  already approved, the                                                               
department will  approve it  and make  it available  to everyone.                                                               
They will allow it to be used for three more years.                                                                             
9:03:53 AM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR  GIESSEL  suggested  to  use  "the  board  shall  approve                                                               
curricula currently used by" on page 1, line 9.                                                                                 
CHAIR HUGHES thanked Senator Giessel.                                                                                           
SENATOR  COGHILL  moved  to  report   SB  104,  version  J,  from                                                               
committee  with individual  recommendations  and attached  fiscal                                                               
CHAIR HUGHES announced that without  objection, SB 104 moved from                                                               
the Senate Education Standing Committee.                                                                                        
She commented that it would be  FY19 or FY20 before the Education                                                               
Innovative Grant Fund would be  available to districts. She asked                                                               
the sponsor to consider making something available sooner.                                                                      

Document Name Date/Time Subjects
SB 99 - Sponsor Statement.pdf SEDC 4/7/2017 8:00:00 AM
SB 99
SB 99 - Legislation Ver. O.pdf SEDC 4/7/2017 8:00:00 AM
SB 99
SB 99 - Sectional Analysis.pdf SEDC 4/7/2017 8:00:00 AM
SB 99
SB 99 - Fiscal Note - EED-ELC-03-31-17.pdf SEDC 4/7/2017 8:00:00 AM
SB 99
SB 99 - Fiscal Note - EED-FP-03-31-17.pdf SEDC 4/7/2017 8:00:00 AM
SB 99
SB 99 - Fiscal Note - EED-PEF-03-31-17.pdf SEDC 4/7/2017 8:00:00 AM
SB 99
SB 99 - Fiscal Note - EED-PK-04-03-17.pdf SEDC 4/7/2017 8:00:00 AM
SB 99
SB 102 - Fiscal Note - EED-LO-4-6-17.pdf SEDC 4/7/2017 8:00:00 AM
SB 102
SB 103 - Fiscal Note - EED-SSA-04-05-17.pdf SEDC 4/7/2017 8:00:00 AM
SB 103
SB 103 - Fiscal Note - EED-ACPE-04-05-17.pdf SEDC 4/7/2017 8:00:00 AM
SB 103
SB 103 - Fiscal Note - EED-APSA-04-05-17.pdf SEDC 4/7/2017 8:00:00 AM
SB 103
SB 104 - Fiscal Note - EED-SSA-04-06-17.pdf SEDC 4/7/2017 8:00:00 AM
SB 104
Comment SB 102 103 and 104-KPBSD Dusek.pdf SEDC 4/7/2017 8:00:00 AM
SB 102
SB 102, 103, 104 Email Comments.pdf SEDC 4/7/2017 8:00:00 AM
SB 102