Legislature(2017 - 2018)SENATE FINANCE 532

04/10/2017 01:30 PM FINANCE

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Heard & Held
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SENATE BILL NO. 102                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
     "An Act relating to funding for Internet services for                                                                      
     school districts; and relating to the Alaska higher                                                                        
     education investment fund."                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
SENATE BILL NO. 103                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
     "An  Act establishing  the Alaska  education innovation                                                                    
     grant program;  eliminating the Alaska  education grant                                                                    
     program   and   the  Alaska   performance   scholarship                                                                    
     program;  redesignating  the  Alaska  higher  education                                                                    
     investment  fund  as  the Alaska  education  innovation                                                                    
     grant fund; and providing for an effective date."                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
SENATE BILL NO. 104                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
     "An Act  relating to the  duties of the state  Board of                                                                    
     Education  and  Early   Development;  and  relating  to                                                                    
     school curriculum."                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
1:45:03 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
BRITTANY   HUTCHISON,   STAFF,   SENATOR   ANNA   MACKINNON,                                                                    
offered an overview about why  the suite of bills were being                                                                    
introduced. She asserted that SB  102, 103, and 104 had been                                                                    
crafted out of  the need for major  improvements in Alaska's                                                                    
educational  system. She  said that  the needs  addressed in                                                                    
the legislation  were threefold: the prioritization  of K-12                                                                    
education   as   a    constitutional   responsibility,   the                                                                    
improvement of outcomes for  Alaskan students, and providing                                                                    
for   efficient  and   streamlined  delivery   of  education                                                                    
processes and procedures.                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
2:24:08 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Ms.  Hutchison  read from  the  sponsor  statement (copy  on                                                                    
file):                                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
     Every  school  district in  Alaska  has  to have  their                                                                    
     curriculum reviewed  and approved  every six  years. It                                                                    
     is  a long,  arduous, and  expensive task.  Many school                                                                    
     districts struggle  with this because they  do not have                                                                    
     the necessary resources for this type of work.                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
     The goal of  this legislation is to  provide all school                                                                    
     districts  with a  three year  reprieve from  having to                                                                    
     update or  renew any curriculum. This  will save school                                                                    
     districts time  and money. This  will also allow  for a                                                                    
     time  period in  which the  Alaska Education  Challenge                                                                    
     can  be implemented  without the  burden of  curriculum                                                                    
     review.                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
     This  bill  will allow  the  State  Board of  Education                                                                    
     (BOE) to  approve of  the curriculum  from the  large 5                                                                    
     school  districts  and  2 rural  school  districts  and                                                                    
     allow  that  curriculum  to  be   used  by  all  school                                                                    
     districts, on a voluntary  basis, for three years. This                                                                    
     time  will be  a  transition period.  During the  three                                                                    
     year reprieve from curriculum  review by districts, the                                                                    
     Department  of  Education  and  Early  Development,  in                                                                    
     consultation with school districts,  will have one year                                                                    
     to  find the  best  curriculum and  best practices  for                                                                    
     math and English  language arts in other  states and in                                                                    
     other countries.  Then that  curriculum will  be tested                                                                    
     on districts  in Alaska,  for two years,  to see  if it                                                                    
     will  be successful.  If it  does  prove to  be a  good                                                                    
     measure  of success  for our  students, then  the State                                                                    
     Board of Education will review,  approve and adopt that                                                                    
     curriculum for all school districts  to be able to use,                                                                    
     if  they  so  choose.  I urge  your  support  for  this                                                                    
     legislation.                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
2:26:09 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Ms. Hutchison read from sectional analysis (copy on file):                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
     Section 1 AS 14.07                                                                                                         
     A) Adds a new section  titled, "Curriculum Approval and                                                                    
     Review".                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
     B)  This section  allows the  State Board  of Education                                                                    
     (BOE) to  approve of all  curricula from the  largest 5                                                                    
     school  districts, based  on the  2015-2016  ADM and  2                                                                    
     rural school  districts, chosen by  the BOE,  and makes                                                                    
     it  available for  all school  districts to  use, on  a                                                                    
     voluntary basis.                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
2:26:57 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair MacKinnon OPENED public testimony.                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
KEVIN SHIPLEY, KAKE CITY SCHOOLS,  KAKE, spoke in support of                                                                    
the  bill. He  advocated  for a  research bases,  systematic                                                                    
approach  to  curriculum in  teaching  and  not a  "textbook                                                                    
adoption"  system.  He  believed that  textbooks  should  be                                                                    
tools  for, and  not  drivers of,  education curriculum.  He                                                                    
spoke of the  work that had been done in  Texas and New York                                                                    
to implement an effective curriculum.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair MacKinnon  commented that the bill  was intended to                                                                    
dovetail with  the work of  the Department of  Education and                                                                    
Early   Development  to   refrain  from   allowing  textbook                                                                    
companies to dictate curriculum in Alaska schools.                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
2:29:46 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
ALYSE  GALVIN, GREAT  ALASKA SCHOOLS,  JUNEAU, testified  in                                                                    
support  of  the  bill.  She echoed  the  testimony  of  the                                                                    
previous speaker  that educators and parents  should support                                                                    
the changes in curriculum.  She believed that new curriculum                                                                    
could raise the bar and change behavior in education.                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
2:32:39 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair MacKinnon CLOSED public testimony.                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
PAUL   PRUSSING,  ACTING   DIRECTOR,  DIVISION   OF  STUDENT                                                                    
LEARNING,  DEPARTMENT OF  EDUCATION  AND EARLY  DEVELOPMENT,                                                                    
commented that  it would be  a challenge for  the department                                                                    
to implement  the legislation.  He appreciated  the concept,                                                                    
said that  the fiscal note  presented a hurdle,  but assured                                                                    
the committee that the department  would work to realize the                                                                    
intent of the bill.                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
SANA  EFRID, DEPUTY  COMMISSIONER,  DEPARTMENT OF  EDUCATION                                                                    
AND EARLY DEVELOPMENT, said that  the goal of the department                                                                    
was to support the districts. She  was unaware as to how the                                                                    
districts  wanted the  department to  support them  in their                                                                    
curriculum  review, but  she looked  forward  to having  the                                                                    
conversation with districts.                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair  MacKinnon  believed  that textbooks  should  be  a                                                                    
tool, but should not drive  the learning of Alaska students.                                                                    
She lamented  the achievement gap between  the United States                                                                    
and other  nations. She said that  she had sent a  letter to                                                                    
the  department that  asked  for  consideration for  smaller                                                                    
school  districts that  could not  conduct a  proper review,                                                                    
and hoped that  the department would work with  her to lower                                                                    
the  fiscal note.  She suggested  that the  department could                                                                    
look  at curriculum  and give  all  schools a  break on  the                                                                    
curriculum review,  voluntarily, and have schools  adopt the                                                                    
5  big school's  curriculum,  along with  2 high  performing                                                                    
rural schools,  and then  wait for 3  years. She  hoped that                                                                    
this could  give all schools the  opportunity to participate                                                                    
in the "Alaska Challenge."                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
2:37:57 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair MacKinnon  hoped that during the  curriculum review                                                                    
break, the  department could examine  the math  and language                                                                    
arts  programs that  were successful  in  other states,  and                                                                    
then bring  that curriculum  back to  the state.  She stated                                                                    
that  the intent  of  the  bill was  to  support a  systemic                                                                    
change  on a  volunteer basis,  with resources  available on                                                                    
the state level to support districts.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
2:39:07 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Ms.  Efrid  hoped  that  a   deeper  conversation  with  the                                                                    
committee could  provide the department with  clarity on the                                                                    
intent of the  legislation. She noted that  the current DEED                                                                    
fiscal  note was  indeterminate,  but that  it could  change                                                                    
once  the  department  had a  better  understanding  of  the                                                                    
legislation.                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair  MacKinnon  reiterated that  the  idea  was not  to                                                                    
provide districts with more textbooks.                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
Ms.  Efrid appreciated  the statement.  She added  that many                                                                    
students  in the  state needed  supplemental materials,  and                                                                    
that each district had individual needs.                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
2:40:24 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Vice-Chair  Bishop thought  that  the  University of  Alaska                                                                    
should be involved in conversations about the three bills.                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair MacKinnon stated that she  had been in contact with                                                                    
the University.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
2:42:44 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Senator  von Imhof  asked when  the  Alaska State  Standards                                                                    
were adopted, and wondered what  curriculum efforts had been                                                                    
made since the standard were adopted.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
Mr. Prussing stated that the  new standards were implemented                                                                    
in  2012.  He  lamented  that,   due  to  budget  cuts,  the                                                                    
department did  not have the  staff available to  offer full                                                                    
support to districts.                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair  MacKinnon  interjected  that the  legislation  was                                                                    
intended to  be a  tool to assist  the department.  She said                                                                    
that the  current budget deficit  meant that there  would be                                                                    
no  new funds  available for  education. She  furthered that                                                                    
anyone waiting to testify on  SB 103, the Alaska Performance                                                                    
Scholarship  bill, should  be aware  that  funding for  that                                                                    
program would  have to come  from a savings account  of some                                                                    
type.                                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
2:45:25 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair MacKinnon asked Ms. Efrid to schedule an                                                                               
appointment with her office to continue discussing the                                                                          
specifics of the bill.                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
Ms. Efrid said she would schedule the meeting.                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair MacKinnon commented that Miles Baker, Director,                                                                        
Government Relations, University of Alaska, was available                                                                       
to respond to questions for the University.                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                

Document Name Date/Time Subjects
SB 102 - Sectional Analysis.pdf SFIN 4/10/2017 1:30:00 PM
SB 102
Copy of SB 102 Alaska Schools Under 25mbps.pdf SFIN 4/10/2017 1:30:00 PM
SB 102
SB 102 Sponsor Statement.pdf SFIN 4/10/2017 1:30:00 PM
SB 102
SB 103 2015-2016 Graduation Rates.pdf SFIN 4/10/2017 1:30:00 PM
SB 103
SB 103 AEG.pdf SFIN 4/10/2017 1:30:00 PM
SB 103
SB 103 APS.pdf SFIN 4/10/2017 1:30:00 PM
SB 103
SB 103 High School to College.pdf SFIN 4/10/2017 1:30:00 PM
SB 103
SB 103 HS Grads UA Table and Remediation Rates.pdf SFIN 4/10/2017 1:30:00 PM
SB 103
SB 103 Public Testimony Hoza.msg SFIN 4/10/2017 1:30:00 PM
SB 103
SB 103 Sectional Analysis.pdf SFIN 4/10/2017 1:30:00 PM
SB 103
SB 104 - Sectional Analysis.pdf SFIN 4/10/2017 1:30:00 PM
SB 104
SB 104 - Sponsor Statement.pdf SFIN 4/10/2017 1:30:00 PM
SB 104
SB 103 APS UA Scholars Overlap.pdf SFIN 4/10/2017 1:30:00 PM
SB 103
SB 103 – Alaska Performance Scholarship Azpilcueta.pdf SFIN 4/10/2017 1:30:00 PM
SB 103
SB 103 – Alaska Performance Scholarship Schrage.pdf SFIN 4/10/2017 1:30:00 PM
SB 103
SB 103 – Alaska Performance Scholarship Keene.pdf SFIN 4/10/2017 1:30:00 PM
SB 103
SB 103 – Alaska Performance Scholarship Brekke.pdf SFIN 4/10/2017 1:30:00 PM
SB 103
SB 103 - Alaska Performance Scholarship Sosnowski.pdf SFIN 4/10/2017 1:30:00 PM
SB 103
SB 103 – Alaska Performance Scholarship Echaverria.pdf SFIN 4/10/2017 1:30:00 PM
SB 103
SB 103-Alaska Performance Scholorship Doner.pdf SFIN 4/10/2017 1:30:00 PM
SB 103
SB 103 ACPE Testimony.pdf SFIN 4/10/2017 1:30:00 PM
SB 103