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(a) Unless a waiver has been granted under (h) of this section, the chief school administrator of a school district shall develop and have approved by the governing body of that district, annually and no later than the first meeting of the governing body in October, an education plan for each school, partial program, or grade in communities not having a preexisting school or partial program of the same grade during the prior school year. If the requirements of this section have been met for three consecutive years for each school, partial program, or grade, no further plan for the school, partial program, or grade is required, and the school district need not meet the requirements of (d) of this section.
(b) Before the close of the school year, and before preparation of the education plan for the following school year, the chief school administrator shall prepare and submit to the governing body of the school district an evaluation of each school, partial program, or grade for which an education plan must be developed under (a) of this section.
(c) Each school district must provide for the direct involvement of parents, students, and other members of the community, including the local school committee, in the development of education plans and evaluations and improvement of the educational program. School districts must provide sufficient information, including notice through appropriate media and community meetings, provide copies of appropriate materials, and allow adequate time for community members to review a proposed plan and to discuss all aspects of the program with responsible district personnel.
(d) A school district shall annually submit an education plan and an evaluation to the commissioner. A plan must be submitted on or before November 1 and an evaluation on or before June 1. The commissioner will review the education plan and evaluation. Within 30 days after receiving an education plan or evaluation, the commissioner will advise the district whether the district has satisfied the requirements of this section.
(e) Each school district must maintain a copy of each education plan and evaluation developed under this section on file for public inspection in the school district office and in the school to which the plan or evaluation applies. The school district must make copies of the plan and evaluation available to each member of the local school committee, and, upon request, to members of the community.
(f) Each school district must use its best efforts to assure that a school is operated according to the education plan. Changes in the plan may be made at any time, and must be reported at a public meeting of the local school committee. The requirements of (e) of this section apply to changes in the plan.
(g) Repealed 6/11/95.
(h) The chief school administrator may apply to the commissioner for a waiver from a requirement of (a) or (b) of this section. If the commissioner finds that granting the waiver is in the best interests of the district and state, the commissioner will, in the commissioner's discretion, grant the waiver. The waiver request must state the school year for which the waiver is requested, must include a copy of material prepared under (d) of this section for that period, if this material was prepared, and must include a resolution from the local school committee stating that the committee agrees with the request. The local school committee resolution must be adopted at a public meeting after reasonable notice to local residents and an opportunity for those residents to be heard. The local school committee shall keep a record of persons speaking at the meeting and the substance of their testimony. The commissioner will credit material prepared under (d) of this section and submitted as part of an application that meets the requirements of this subsection toward compliance with the requirements of (a) or (b) of this section. The commissioner will notify the chief school administrator of the commissioner's decision to approve or disapprove the request within 30 days after the request is received.
History: Eff. 9/3/76, Register 59; am 6/14/81, Register 78; am 6/11/95, Register 134
Authority: AS 14.07.020
Editor's note: The mailing address for the commissioner of education and early development is the Department of Education, 801 West Tenth Street, Suite 200, Juneau, Alaska 99801-1894.
As of Register 151 (October 1999), the regulations attorney made technical revisions under AS 44.62.125 (b)(6) to reflect the name change of the Department of Education to the Department of Education and Early Development made by ch. 58, SLA 1999, and the corresponding title change of the commissioner of education.
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