Education board approves voluntary physical education standards

Posted: Tuesday, June 15, 2010

ANCHORAGE - The State Board of Education & Early Development, meeting June 10-11 in Anchorage, approved two regulations and sent out for public comment five proposed regulations.

The State Board adopted by reference the document "Alaska's Physical Education Standards" of March 9. The standards, created by Alaska educators, are voluntary guidelines for school districts.

The State Board adopted a regulation that allows the state to rank schools for the purposes of determining eligibility for federal school improvement grants.

The State Board sent out for public comment a proposed regulation for Alaska's new performance scholarship program; a proposed regulation that would include "Guidelines for Preparing Culturally Responsive Teachers for Alaska's Schools;" and a proposed regulation that would clarify the measures for determining a student's need for intensive services.

The State Board approved the Alaska Career and Technical Education Plan, the appointment of Randy Hawk as Superintendent of Mt. Edgecumbe High School, the appointment of Elizabeth Sweeney as Director of School Finance, and the renewal for 10 years of the Twindly Bridge Charter School in Mat-Su.

It also re-elected Esther Cox as Chair and elected Geri Benshoof as First Vice Chair and Jim Merriner as Second Vice Chair.

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