In close to half a dozen legislative hearings so far this year, legislators have questioned whether Alaska Performance Scholarship awards for students attending private postsecondary institutions are constitutional under Article IIV of the Alaska Constitution. The Alaska Supreme Court identified four items in the 1979 Sheldon Jackson College vs. State of Alaska case:
Senators Mike Dunleavy & John Coghill, and Press Secretary Carolyn Kuckertz during Tuesday's Senate Majority press conference
Senators Mike Dunleavy, John Coghill, and Anna Fairclough answered questions Tuesday, February 12, 2013 during a Senate Majority press conference. In regard to the issue raised by Dr. Herb Schroeder in his presentation Monday to the House and Senate Education Committees, that credit for ANSEP courses was not always being given to students by the school districts in which they were enrolled, Sen. Fairclough said she met with Anchorage School District Superintendent Jim Browder over the interim, and she is working on legislation addressing dual enrollment and allowing high school students to earn college credits. She said there could be a large cost to the legislation, but they will be looking at the transferability of credits. She said that legislation might not be introduced until next year.
In response to the same question, Sen. Dunleavy said...
Attached is the Dept. of Education & Early Development's annual report for 2013, which State Board Chair Jim Merriner presented to the House and Senate Education Committees on Friday, February 8, 2013.
Probably the most noteworthy tidbit to come out of the Senate Finance Committee hearing from Tuesday, Jauary 29, was OMB Director Karen Rehfeld’s statement in response to a question from Sen. Hoffman. Sen. Hoffman asked if there is any plan by the administration to address the issue raised by the new GASB (Governmental Accounting Standards Board) rule requiring local governments to declare PERS and TRS liabilities on their balance sheets. Ms. Rehfeld said...
The Alaska Education Update for the first week of session includes:
From Tuesday, January 15, 2013:
A report on the house and senate floor sessions, and the house majority and minority press conferences
From Wednesday, January 16, 2013:
A detailed report of the Senate Education hearing on the new teacher evaluation regulations: Commissioner Hanley stated during the hearing that they will eventually need more funding to implement the regulations, but at this point they have grant funding to get the process started.
HB 104 - Alaska Performance Scholarship: the bill is ready to be transmitted to the governor, and the speaker's office is just waiting for Governor Parnell to request the bill. Staff in the governor's office said he will probably request the bill sometime in the next month.
AKLN, the Alaska Learning Network has been reorganized and will continue to offer classes to Alaska students, despite lack of direct funding from the Alaska State Legislature. AKLN is no longer offering generic courses from K-12, but is now offering 21 Alaskan-based courses from 12 sponsoring school districts.