Dunleavy Says Major Education Legislation is in the Works

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...

as the former president of the Mat-Su School Board, they have partnered with ANSEP.  Whether to accept university credits is a local decision.  He said over the next few weeks there will be a lot of discussion about education, innovation, and different approaches – how they will improve the educational system; that was the reason Dr. Schroeder, the director of ANSEP, gave a presentation to the Education Committees.  They will keep having these discussions, and he thinks there will be some very interesting results. 

After the press conference, Sen. Dunleavy said he would be introducing major education legislation in about two weeks.  He said he is working with a number of people to put the proposals in the legislation together, including ANSEP Executive Director Herb Schroeder.  

No clue yet on what might be in the new legislation, but here’s a playlist of 11 TED Talks on reimagining education: http://www.ted.com/playlists/24/re_imagining_school.html   I haven’t watched all of them yet, but I highly recommend the first one, by Sir Ken Robinson.