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Education Committee




  • The Safe Student Act (HB 210) was passed, eliminating the use of restraint and seclusion practices in schools and for school districts to develop a training plan for all school personnel on de-escalation techniques.
  • The High School Graduation Qualifying Exam (HSGQE) was repealed by passage of HB 278 which included a retroactive provision to receive a diploma.
  • The Council successfully advocated with the legislature for a $150,000 increment for rural transition services
  • As a result of the Council’s advocacy, the State Board of Education & Early Development added advanced nurse practitioners to the list of medical personal that can make an autism diagnosis for special education purposes (adopted 6/12/09)
  • The Council provided public comment and coordinated testimony by People First members to the State Board of Education & Early Development on proposed regulations to replace MR with “Cognitive Impairment.” (adopted 9/09/09)
  • 504 training for the Council
  • Completed 504 survey to Alaska’s School Districts
  • Alaska Transition Outcomes Project GF funding
  • ATOP training for Committee
  • SESA presentation to Council/midwest academy
  • Alaska Statewide Special Education Conference
  • Participated in with DEED in the creation of the RTI manual
  • Provided comments for Alaska Work Ready regulations, and RTI manual.
  • Participated in the Education subcommittee of Bring the Kids Home initiative.

  • Provided input to congressional delegation on the aspects of No Child Left Behind.

  • Participated in Asessment and Accountability Advisory Committee which looked at validity of testing students at grade level vs. at their ability level to improve the state's assessment system.

  • Supported Governor's proposal for increased funding for intensive needs services.

  • Participated in Alaska Statewide Special Education Conference.

  • Worked with new Parent Training and Information Center, Stone Soup Group.

  • Provided public comment on education statutes and regulation changes.

  • Assisted with creating parent survey on ATTI project regarding the transition of children from Part C to Part B special education preschool.

  • Attended OSEP leadership conference.