State of Alaska
Comment on Proposed Regulations

The Department of Education & Early Development proposes to adopt regulation changes in Title 4 of the Alaska Administrative Code to update the arts content standards.

Specifically, under 4 AAC 04.140(a), the department proposes to update its publication Alaska Standards: Content and Performance Standards for Alaska Students, dated March 2016, with revised arts content standards. The proposed regulation and the proposed arts standards are available on this web page or by contacting Eric Fry at eric.fry@alaska.gov or 907-465-2851.

Opportunity to submit questions
You may submit written questions relevant to the proposed action to Eric Fry at eric.fry@alaska.gov or the Department of Education & Early Development, Attn: Eric Fry, 801 West 10th Street, Suite 200, PO Box 110500, Juneau, Alaska 99811-0500. If a question is relevant to the proposed change in the regulations and the question is received at least 10 days before the end of the public comment period, which would be February 1, 2016, the department will make a good-faith effort to answer the question before the end of the public comment period. The department will aggregate its response to substantially similar questions and make the questions and responses available on the Alaska Online Public Notice System and on the website of the department at https://education.alaska.gov/regs/comment.cfm.

Opportunity to submit written comments
The department invites the public to submit written comments during the written comment period, which begins with the date of this notice and ends on February 12 at 4:30 p.m. The written comment period closes in advance of the meeting of the State Board of Education & Early Development at which the board will consider the adoption of the proposed regulations. This allows the department an opportunity to prepare changes based on written comment and to distribute any proposed changes to the board for its consideration prior to the meeting.

You may comment in writing on the proposed regulation changes, including the potential costs to private persons of complying with the proposed changes, by submitting written comments to the Commissioner’s Office, Department of Education & Early Development, Attn: Regulations Review, 801 West Tenth Street, Suite 200, PO Box 110500, Juneau, Alaska 99811-0500.

You may also submit written comments by facsimile at (907) 465-4156; by electronic mail to eric.fry@alaska.gov; and online at the website of the Department of Education and Early Development at https://education.alaska.gov/regs/comment.cfm. Written comments also may be submitted through the Alaska Online Public Notice System by accessing this notice on the system and using the comment link.

All written comments must be received not later than 4:30 p.m. on February 12.

Opportunity to submit oral comments
After the written comment period has ended, you may submit oral comments to the State Board of Education & Early Development at a hearing to be held by the board on March 21, 2016, at the State Board of Education & Early Development’s first floor board room at 801 West 10th Street, Juneau, Alaska.

The hearing will be held from 8:15 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. but may be extended to accommodate those present before 7:55 a.m. who have not had an opportunity to comment before 9:00 a.m.

You also may submit oral comments at this hearing, during this time only, via the Legislative Information Office streaming by calling 1-844-586-9085 if you are outside of Juneau. For participation from Juneau, call 586-9085.

This meeting will be streamed through the Legislative Information Office over www.alaskalegislature.tv beginning at 8:00 a.m. March 21, 2016, and 8:30 a.m. March 22, 2016 (audio only).

You also may submit oral comments at this hearing via the following Legislative Information Offices: Anchorage, 716 W 4th Ave., Suite 100; Barrow, 119 Bank Building.; Bethel, 301 Willow Street; Cordova, 418 First Street, Suite A; Delta Junction, Colombo Building, Suite 204, 1380 Richardson Highway; Dillingham, Kangliqutaq Building; Fairbanks, 1292 Sadler Way, Suite 308; Glennallen, 186 Glenn Highway; Homer, 270 West Pioneer Avenue, Suite B; Juneau, Suite 111, Terry Miller Building, State Capitol; Kenai, 145 Main Street Loop, Suite 217; Ketchikan, 1900 First Avenue, Suite 310; Kodiak, 305 Center Ave., Suite 1; Kotzebue, 373 2nd Street, Pillautuq Centre; Mat-Su, 600 East Railroad Ave.; Nome 103 Front Street; Petersburg, 11B Gjoa Street; Seward, 302 Railway, Suite 107; Sitka, 201 Katlian Street, Suite 103; Tok, West First Street, UAF-Tok Unit 1; Unalaska, 029 Airport Beach Road., No. 03-01; Valdez, State Office Building, Room 13; Wrangell, 223 Front Street.

After the public comment period ends, the department will either adopt the proposed regulation changes or other provisions dealing with the same subject, without further notice, or decide to take no action. The language of the final regulation may be different from that of the proposed regulation. You should comment during the time allowed if your interests could be affected.

Accommodations
If you are a person with a disability who needs a special accommodation in order to participate in this process, please contact Ms. Shawn Sypeck at (907) 465-2802 or shawn.sypeck@alaska.gov not later than March 11, 2016, to ensure that any necessary accommodation can be provided.



The Department of Education & Early Development proposes to adopt regulation changes in Title 4 of the Alaska Administrative Code to repeal the requirement that districts implement a pilot program related to the incorporation of student learning data in educator evaluations.

Currently, 4 AAC 19.010(k), which took effect October 9, 2015, requires districts to implement a pilot program to develop a system for the use of student learning data in educator evaluations. The intent of this change is to repeal the pilot program requirement under 4 AAC 19.010(k), with the repeal taking effect for the 2015-2016 school year.

Opportunity to submit written questions
You may submit written questions relevant to the proposed action to Eric Fry at eric.fry@alaska.gov or the Department of Education & Early Development, Attn: Eric Fry, 801 West 10th Street, Suite 200, PO Box 110500, Juneau, Alaska 99811-0500. If a question is relevant to the proposed change in the regulations and the question is received by February 17, 2016, which is 10 days before the end of the public comment period, the department will make a good-faith effort to answer the question before the end of the public comment period. The Department of Education & Early Development will aggregate its response to substantially similar questions and make the questions and responses available on the Alaska Online Public Notice System and on the website of the Department of Education and Early Development at https://education.alaska.gov/regs/comment.cfm.

Opportunity to submit written comments
The Department of Education & Early Development invites the public to submit written comments during the written comment period which begins with the date of this notice and ends on February 26 at 4:30 p.m. The written comment period closes in advance of the meeting of the State Board of Education and Early Development at which the board will consider the adoption of the proposed regulations. This allows the Department of Education & Early Development an opportunity to prepare changes based on written comment and to distribute any proposed changes to the board for its consideration prior to the meeting.

You may comment in writing on the proposed regulation changes, including the potential costs to private persons of complying with the proposed changes, by submitting written comments to the Commissioner’s Office, Department of Education & Early Development, Attn: Regulations Review, 801 West Tenth Street, Suite 200, PO Box 110500, Juneau, Alaska 99811-0500.

You may also submit written comments by facsimile at (907) 465-4156; by electronic mail to eric.fry@alaska.gov; and online at the website of the Department of Education and Early Development at https://education.alaska.gov/regs/comment.cfm. Written comments also may be submitted through the Alaska Online Public Notice System by accessing this notice on the system and using the comment link.

All written comments must be received not later than 4:30 p.m. on February 26.

Opportunity to submit oral comments
After the written comment period has ended, you may submit oral comments to the State Board of Education & Early Development at a hearing to be held by the board on March 21, 2016, at the State Board of Education & Early Development’s first floor board room at 801 West 10th Street, Juneau, Alaska. The hearing will be held from 8:15 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. but may be extended to accommodate those present before 7:55 a.m. who have not had an opportunity to comment before 9:00 a.m.

You also may submit oral comments at this hearing, during this time only, via the Legislative Information Office streaming by calling 1-844-586-9085 if you are outside of Juneau. For participation from Juneau, call 586-9085.

This meeting will be streamed through the Legislative Information Office over www.alaskalegislature.tv beginning at 8:00 a.m. March 21, 2016, and 8:30 a.m. March 22, 2016 (audio only).

You also may submit oral comments at this hearing via the following Legislative Information Offices: Anchorage, Barrow, Bethel, Cordova, Delta Junction, Dillingham, Fairbanks, Glennallen, Homer, Juneau, Kenai, Ketchikan, Kotzebue, Mat-Su, Nome, Petersburg, Seward, Sitka, Tok, Unalaska, Valdez, and Wrangell.

Copies of the proposed regulation changes are available on the Alaska Online Public Notice System, on the website of the Department of Education and Early Development at https://education.alaska.gov/regs/comment.cfm, and by contacting Eric Fry at eric.fry@alaska.gov or 907-465-2851.

After the public comment period ends, the Department of Education & Early Development will either adopt the proposed regulation changes or other provisions dealing with the same subject, without further notice, or decide to take no action. The language of the final regulation may be different from that of the proposed regulation. You should comment during the time allowed if your interests could be affected.

Accommodations
If you are a person with a disability who needs a special accommodation in order to participate in this process, please contact Ms. Shawn Sypeck at (907) 465-2802 or shawn.sypeck@alaska.gov not later than March 11, 2016, to ensure that any necessary accommodation can be provided.



Comment Form


This comment form is specifically for regulations. If you wish to make comments regarding current legislation, please contact your legislator directly. A complete list of e-mail contacts can be found at on the Alaska Directory of State Officials.

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