State board adopts regulations, proposes others

The State Board of Education & Early Development, meeting Sept. 12-14 in Kodiak, adopted three regulation packages and sent out for public comment one proposed regulation package.

The adopted regulations clarify the definition of in-kind services in the Uniform Chart of Accounts used by school districts, approve an index that measures the academic growth and proficiency of students in schools, and specify the acceptable standards for agencies that accredit educator-preparation programs.

The proposed regulations sent out for public comment would require full-time students in state-supported correspondence programs to enroll in at least two different core courses each semester. The intent is to provide students with a well-rounded and diverse course load.

The State Board also approved the appointment of Chris Simon as Rural Education Coordinator, the revised Mt. Edgecumbe High School Policy Manual, the charter of Fronteras Spanish Immersion Charter School in Mat-Su for 10 years, a resolution to rescind board resolutions in 2007 and 2009 that requested the Alaska Legislature to reconsider or amend a current statute that requires school districts to spend a minimum of 70 percent of their operating funds on instruction, and a resolution thanking Cynthia Curran, former Director of Teaching & Learning Support, for her state service.

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