The Department of Education and Early Development announced that several regulations are now open for public comment through Aug. 13 at 4 p.m. They are: 4 AAC 40, which would change the process for review and appeal of department actions regarding payments of state money to school districts and other applicants; 4 AAC 52.700, which would clarify the measures for determining a student's need for intensive services; 4 AAC 04.200, which would set standards for beginning teachers for purposes of completion of a teacher preparation program and also set professional content and performance standards for teachers; and 4 AAC 43, which would add a new section to the Alaska performance scholarship program, setting requirements for school districts, standardized testing, curriculum for high school class of 2011, and home-based education procedures.
Oral comments may be submitted at a State Board hearing September 9 at the Mat-Su Borough Assembly Chambers, 350 E. Dahlia Avenue, in Palmer. This hearing will begin at 8 a.m. and might be extended to accommodate those present before 7:55 a.m. who did not have an opportunity to comment. Comments can also be made at the hearing via the following Legislative Information Offices: Anchorage, Barrow, Bethel, Fairbanks, Juneau, Kenai, Ketchikan, Kodiak, Kotzebue, Mat-Su, Nome, and Sitka.