Legislature(2015 - 2016)BILL RAY CENTER 208

05/03/2016 08:15 AM Senate CONFERENCE COMMITTEE ON HB156

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08:15:38 AM Start
08:16:11 AM HB156
08:23:05 AM Adjourn
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Moved SCS CSHB 156(FIN) Out of Committee
        HB 156-SCHOOL ACCOUNTABILITY MEASURES; FED. LAW                                                                     
8:16:45 AM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR KELLER announced  that the only order of  business would be                                                               
SENATE CS  FOR CS FOR HOUSE  BILL NO. 156(FIN), "An  Act relating                                                               
to a parent's right to direct  the education of a child; relating                                                               
to  the  duties  of  the  state  Board  of  Education  and  Early                                                               
Development, the  Department of Education and  Early Development,                                                               
school boards,  and school districts;  relating to  public school                                                               
curriculum and  assessments; relating to compliance  with federal                                                               
education  laws;   relating  to  public   school  accountability;                                                               
relating to a  statewide assessment plan and  review of education                                                               
laws  and  regulations;  repealing the  minimum  expenditure  for                                                               
instruction  for school  districts;  relating  to sex  education,                                                               
human  reproduction  education,  and human  sexuality  education;                                                               
relating to  suicide awareness and prevention  training; relating                                                               
to contracts for student  assessments; relating to questionnaires                                                               
and surveys administered in public  schools; relating to physical                                                               
examinations for teachers; and providing for an effective date."                                                                
8:17:03 AM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR DUNLEAVY  moved that  the Conference  Committee for  HB 156                                                               
adopt  the  Senate  committee  substitute  (CS)  for  CS  for  HB
156(FIN), Version 29-LS0566\Q.                                                                                                  
8:17:29 AM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR OLSON objected for discussion and asked to hear a review                                                                
of the Senate changes to the House version.                                                                                     
8:18:08 AM                                                                                                                    
CHRISTA  MCDONALD, Staff,  Senator  Mike  Dunleavy, Alaska  State                                                               
Legislature,  directed  attention  to the  committee  packet  and                                                               
paraphrased from the document titled,  "Summary of Senate Changes                                                               
to House Bill  156," which read as  follows [original punctuation                                                               
     Parental Rights                                                                                                          
     Section 1. Codifies parental  rights by requiring local                                                                  
     school  boards to  adopt policies  allowing parents  to                                                                    
     withdraw their  children from  any activity,  class, or                                                                    
     program,  or standards  based assessment  to which  the                                                                    
     parent objects.  Provides parents  with at least  a two                                                                    
     week notice before  presentations on human reproduction                                                                    
     or sexual matters.                                                                                                         
     Section 2. Exempts the curricula  and materials for The                                                                  
     Alaska  Safe  Children's  Act from  the  definition  of                                                                    
     "human reproduction or sexual matters."                                                                                    
     Fiscal Concerns Addressed                                                                                                
     Section  10.  The Senate  added  an  amendment to  this                                                                  
     section that  would allow  the Department  of Education                                                                    
     to administer a  standards-based assessment between the                                                                    
     dates  of July  1,  2017  to July  1,  2019 should  the                                                                    
     Unites  States Department  of Education  provide notice                                                                    
     of   its  intention   to  withdraw   federal  education                                                                    
     funding.   This  has   resolved  the   fiscal  concerns                                                                    
     associated with the bill and  resulted in a zero fiscal                                                                    
     Technical Changes to Crisis Prevention Training                                                                          
     Section  11  -  Section   16.  These  sections  contain                                                                  
     technical   corrections   to  the   crisis   prevention                                                                    
     training established  last year  in HB 44  by replacing                                                                    
     "School"  with   "District"  for   tracking  trainings.                                                                    
     Department  of  Education  has  explained  that  it  is                                                                    
     logistically  challenging to  track these  trainings at                                                                    
     the  school level.  This will  enable the  districts to                                                                    
     organize and schedule the required trainings.                                                                              
     Physical Examinations for Teachers                                                                                       
     Section   17.  Allows   school  districts   to  require                                                                  
     physical examinations for  teachers, but clarifies that                                                                    
     the district is  not required to cover  the costs. This                                                                    
     change  was made  at the  request  of school  districts                                                                    
     throughout Alaska.                                                                                                         
     Sex Education Teachers & Curriculum                                                                                      
     Section 18.  Adds a new  section that only  a certified                                                                  
     teacher, or  person supervised by a  certified teacher,                                                                    
     may  teach a  class  in sex  education. It  establishes                                                                    
     that  curriculum   and  materials  for   sex  education                                                                    
     classes  must  be  approved by  the  school  board  and                                                                    
     available for parents to review.  It also provides that                                                                    
     before a person who is  not a certified teacher teaches                                                                    
     sex  education  they must  be  approved  by the  school                                                                    
     board and  the person's credentials made  available for                                                                    
     parents to review.                                                                                                         
     Section  19. Provides  that  the teacher  certification                                                                  
     and  supervision  requirements  do  not  apply  to  the                                                                    
     sexual   abuse  and   sexual   assault  awareness   and                                                                    
     prevention   training   on    dating   violence   abuse                                                                    
     awareness. (Bree's/Erin's Law)                                                                                             
     Technical Change to Suicide Prevention Training                                                                          
     Section 20. Removing "in grades  seven through 12" from                                                                  
     AS 14.30.320 to bring  AS 14.30.362 into alignment with                                                                    
     the requirements contained in  four other statutes that                                                                    
     "all  certificated  staff" receive  suicide  prevention                                                                    
     training.  This  change  came at  the  request  of  the                                                                    
     Alaska Department of Education & Early Development.                                                                        
     Procurement Code Exemption for Student Assessments                                                                       
     Section  21.     Amends   AS  36.30.850(b)   to  exempt                                                                  
     department contracts  for student assessments  from the                                                                    
     state  procurement code.   This  change to  statute was                                                                    
     made at  the request  of Interim  Commissioner McCauley                                                                    
     in  order   to  make   the  process  of   selecting  an                                                                    
     assessment  cheaper,  more  efficient  and  to  improve                                                                    
     transparency throughout the process.                                                                                       
     Repeal of the 70/30 Provision                                                                                            
     Section   22.  Repeals   AS   14.17.520,  the   minimum                                                                  
     expenditure  for  instruction.   Repeal  of  the  70/30                                                                    
     provision is supported by  school districts, the Alaska                                                                    
     Association  of School  Boards and  the State  Board of                                                                    
     Student Surveys                                                                                                          
     Section 24.  Repeals sec. 4,  Ch. 2, SSSLA  2015, which                                                                  
     created an opt-in system for  all student surveys. This                                                                    
     section will revert  the system back to  an opt-out for                                                                    
     surveys   which  do   not   contain  information   that                                                                    
     inquiries   into  the   personal  and   private  family                                                                    
     affairs.  This  was  requested  by  AASB  who  annually                                                                    
     distributes   a  "School   Climate  and   Connectedness                                                                    
     Survey"   which  is   used   to   improve  the   school                                                                    
8:21:07 AM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR  DUNLEAVY  pointed  out that  the  described  changes  were                                                               
contained in the  Senate version that was submitted  to the House                                                               
for consideration.                                                                                                              
CHAIR KELLER  opined that the House  version began as a  piece of                                                               
good legislation, which was improved upon by the Senate version.                                                                
8:21:40 AM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR OLSON  asked whether a  health professional  visiting, or                                                               
relocating  to,   a  community  would   be  allowed  to   make  a                                                               
presentation to a classroom as a guest speaker.                                                                                 
CHAIR DUNLEAVY responded that the  bill requirement is for anyone                                                               
providing  sex  education in  a  public  school to  obtain  prior                                                               
approval from  the [local] school  board.  He emphasized  that no                                                               
groups  or  individuals  are being  prohibited  classroom  access                                                               
through this legislation.                                                                                                       
8:22:41 AM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR OLSON withdrew his objection.                                                                                           
8:22:48 AM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR  KELLER, hearing  no further  objection announced  that the                                                               
Conference Committee has agreed to  recommend the adoption of the                                                               
Senate CS for CSHB 156(FIN).                                                                                                    

Document Name Date/Time Subjects
HB 156 House CS Version X-A.PDF JHB156 5/3/2016 8:15:00 AM
HB 156
HB 156 Senate CS Version Q.PDF JHB156 5/3/2016 8:15:00 AM
HB 156
HB 156 Summary of Senate Changes.pdf JHB156 5/3/2016 8:15:00 AM
HB 156
HB 156 Fiscal Note 2.PDF JHB156 5/3/2016 8:15:00 AM
HB 156
HB 156 Sectional Version Q.pdf JHB156 5/3/2016 8:15:00 AM
HB 156