Topics in this week's edition include: 'Building' project at Glennallen Schools, School Board Recognition Month, Legislative news, and much more. Click on the "Read More"link (at right) to continue reading.
SCHOOL BOARD RECOGNITION MONTH - Governor Sean Parnell has officially proclaimed February as School Board Recognition Month. The Copper River School District's elected school board serves as a local demonstration of "we the people." They are volunteers who commit many hours to their responsibilities as Board members. They play a vital role in providing a quality education in a rural environment. Click here to read the Governor's proclamation.
ALASKA SCHOOL COUNSELING WEEK - Take time this week to say "thank you" to a school counselor near you! Chances are that will be Jim Lorence since he's the only one in town. Click here to read the Governor's Proclamation.
COMPLIANCE - According to a very interesting report given to the House Finance Committee by Commissioner Michael Hanley, the cost of compliance in education has risen over the past decade. Click here to see the report documents. Refer to slide number 9 from the presentation for specific information related to the cost of compliance.
ACCREDITATION - Last week, the State Board of Education & Early Development approved new accrediting standards for schools.
PUBLIC COMMENT - The State Board of Education & Early Development is currently taking public comment on proposed regulations concerning norm-referenced testing. You can find the proposed regulations by clicking here.
HB27 - House Bill #27, co-sponsored by our own Representative Eric Fiege, is "An Act relating to student counts, unreserved school operating fund balances, restrictions on school district money, and estimates for public school funding; and providing for an effective date." The bill is scheduled to be heard in committee this morning, Monday, Feb. 4th. Click here for more information and to read the bill.
SB30 - Senate Bill #30 has been introduced to allow teachers and some other public servants to choose between two different retirement systems (defined contribution portable or define benefit pension). Click here for more information and to read the bill.
SCHOOL FUNDING - On January 21st the EED Director of Finance gave a presentation to a joint meeting of the Alaska House and Senate Education Committees. The handouts provide a good explanation of how Alaska funds its public schools. Click here to see the handouts.
LEGISLATIVE AGENDAS - A good window into Alaska's legislative process are the press conference held by the various caucuses. Legislators use the opportunity to emphasize and explain their individual and collective agendas. Click here for the House Minority Press Conference from January 29, 2013. Click here for the Senate Majority Press Conference from January 29, 2013.
Alaska Performance Scholarship - We learned this week that $8.67 million has been awarded to approximately 1,900 Alaska students in Alaska Performance Scholarships. Click here to read the press release. This is a reminder to students and their families. Plan ahead so that you have the option of benefiting from the Alaska Performance Scholarship. Click here to contact Mr. Lorence for more information.
2013 KidWind Design Challenge - This is an opportunity to bring energy education into the classroom. Click here for more details.
Posted by: Michael Johnson