HOUSE COMMITTEE ON EDUCATION

 

 

February 19, 2003   Hearing Room E

1:00 PM Tapes  28 - 29

 

MEMBERS PRESENT:            Rep. Vic Backlund, Chair

Rep. Pat Farr, Vice-Chair

Rep. Elaine Hopson, Vice-Chair

Rep. Brad Avakian

Rep. Billy Dalto

Rep. Mary Nolan

Rep. Wayne Scott

 

STAFF PRESENT:                  Jim Keller, Committee Administrator

Jeana Harrington, Committee Assistant

 

 

MEASURES HEARD:                     HB 2484 – Public Hearing

                                                HB 2575 – Public Hearing

 

 

These minutes are in compliance with Senate and House Rules.  Only text enclosed in quotation marks reports a speaker’s exact words.  For complete contents, please refer to the tapes.

 

TAPE/#

Speaker

Comments

TAPE 28, A

004

Chair Backlund

Calls meeting to order at 1:05 PM. Opens public hearing on House Bill 2484.

HB 2484 PUBLIC HEARING

005

Jim Keller

Committee Administrator. Reads Staff Measure Summary (SMS).

010

Rep. Donna Nelson

House District 24. Testifies in favor of HB 2484 (EXHIBIT A). Depicts the need for prekindergarten programs. Gives perspective on the matter. States that the bill is a starting point with regard to early education. Provides statistics on early education programs. Elaborates on the merits of the bill.

200

Mark Nelson

Public Affairs Council, Head Start Representative.

205

Anita Soto

Executive Director, Head Start of Lane County. Provides information and reports on Head Start. (EXHIBIT B). Testifies in support of HB 2484. Refers to the Galileo Report (EXHIBIT C) to illustrate child development.

375

Mandy Markham

Head Start parent. Introduces herself. Provides her Head Start experiences.

TAPE 29, A

003

Markham

Presents examples of her children and their achievements due to Head Start despite disabilities. 

062

Chair Backlund

Comments on the presence of portfolios.

065

Markham

Continues presentation of the progress and achievements of her children. States that she is unsure of the state of her family without Head Start. States that Head Start taught her how to be a parent.

129

Karin Wicklund

Portland Head Start. Presents pictures of her family to the members. Provides her involvement in Head Start. Gives her perspective on Head Start programs and its programs.

211

Yvonne Roberts

Head Start parent. Introduces herself. Provides her experiences with Head Start. Urges the committee to consider funding of the issue.

267

Eva Pignotti

Head Start of Yamhill County. Testifies in favor of HB 2484. Explains the experiences of those in need of Head Start. Informs the committee of the facets of Head Start involvement.

321

Wendy Gutierrez

Head Start of Marion and Polk County. Introduces herself. Explains how Head Start is beneficial for both students and staff. Asks that the legislators continue to fund Head Start. Invites the committee to visit their facilities (EXHIBIT D).

430

Michael Eichman

Head Start. Expresses support for Head Start.

TAPE 28, B

003

Eichman

Acknowledges the political reality of program funding. Urges the committee to continue the current funding and to maintain the quality of the program. Refers committee to (EXHIBIT E). 

067

Chair Backlund

Comments on reduction to the Head Start budget.

070

Eichman

Voices understanding in budget cuts. Appeals not to make anymore cuts.

078

Rep. Hopson

States she appreciates his reasoning in the matter.

087

Anita McClanahan

Director of Early Childhood Education, Oregon Department of Education (ODE). Utilizes (EXHIBITS F and G) to illustrate fiscal estimates and costs of Head Start. 

160

Chair Backlund

Appreciates the testimony of the presenters. Comments on the importance of early education.

175

Rep. Hopson

Points out that the committee agrees with the concerns and beliefs that the program is important.

186

Rep. Farr

Comments on the early education he received in England

195

Chair Backlund

Close public hearing on HB 2484. Opens public hearing on HB 2575.

HB 2575 PUBLIC HEARING

200

Jim Keller

Reads SMS.

205

Vickie Chamberlain

Teacher Standards and Practices Commission (TSPC). Details history of personnel service and administrative licenses. Refers committee to (EXHIBIT H). Discusses current teacher licensing. Uses (EXHIBIT I) to illustrate initial teacher licensing.

322

Rep. Hopson

Data on pass rate for people taking the test before they graduate.

325

Chamberlain

Replies there is information on every form of test given.

333

Rep. Hopson

Asks if a high proportion on teachers pass the test in general .

338

Chamberlain

Comments on the passage rates of various programs.

361

Chair Backlund

Clarifies on licensing matter.

364

Chamberlain

Explains current licensing issues further.

396

Rep. Hopson

Questions the length of transitional licenses.

400

Chamberlain

Requests clarification.

410

Rep. Hopson

Provides an example of licenses to restate the question.

420

Chamberlain

Responds with regard to transitional licenses.

TAPE 29, B

003

Rep. Hopson

Asks if the nine-year license period is continuous.

007

Chamberlain

Explains the different ways transitional licenses can be used. Refers committee to HB 2575 (EXHIBIT J) to explain first-stage licenses. Continues with specific references to the bill to explain changes made resulting in HB 2575. Refers committee to (EXHIBIT K) to explain standards for other licenses.

188

Rep. Hopson

Inquires as to policy discussions.

190

Chamberlain

Explains the TSPC will be meeting.

192

Rep. Nolan

Understands that teachers must obtain a Master’s degree within six years.

194

Chamberlain

Details the figures relating to licensees and Master’s study.

197

Rep. Nolan

Asks what percent of continuing staff have obtained the degree.

203

Chamberlain

Responds that she is unsure and that the data may not be available.

207

Chair Backlund

Asks if the bill addresses advanced professional programs.

210

Chamberlain

Replies.

215

Chair Backlund

Concludes that the issue could be addressed with an administrative rule.

220

Chamberlain

States that the commission has not created a policy yet.

225

Chair Backlund

Asks if TSPC has a timeline for doing so.

230

Chamberlain

Commission plans to start policy discussions within the year.

244

Rep. Hopson

Clarifies the Master’s Degree would not need to be required in the bill.

247

Chamberlain

Affirms.

250

Rep. Hopson

Assumes Ms. Chamberlain understands there is committee interest regarding said requirements.

255

Chamberlain

Explains she has no firm answers as to the commissions stance on the issue.

269

Rep. Nolan

Refers to line 24 of HB 2575 to address objectives encompassed by the bill’s language.

281

Chamberlain

Believes suggested changes would have an effect on the outcome. Uses examples to illustrate potential problems.

311

Rep. Nolan

Points out the value of the suggested changes.

320

Chamberlain

Elucidates problems that would occur with language changes.

335

Rep. Nolan

Makes observation with regard to licensure.

344

Chamberlain

Explains how this is not possible

350

Rep. Nolan

Clarifies.

355

Chamberlain

Explains further.

360

Rep. Nolan

Points out licensure issues concerning private school teachers.

370

Rep. Avakian

Asks if there are administrative rules that could further define specified terms.

378

Chamberlain

Discusses the issue of teaching licenses further.

400

Rep. Nolan

Points out that is licensing do in fact make sense, is unsure of the potential creation of avenues to escape the requirements.

415

Chamberlain

Does not see it that way

430

Rep. Nolan

Comments further.

435

Chair Backlund

Asks if Vickie would be available for further testimony.

438

Chamberlain

Affirms.

440

Chair Backlund

Closes public hearing on HB 2575. Adjourns the meeting at 3:05 PM.

 

EXHIBIT SUMMARY

 

A – HB 2484, Rep. Donna Nelson, 3 p

B – HB 2484, Anita Soto, 7 p

C – HB 2484, Anita Soto, 15 p

D – HB 2484, Wendy Gutierrez, 2 p

E – HB 2484, Michael Eichman, 3 p

F – HB 2484, Anita McClanahan, 1 p

G - HB 2484, Anita McClanahan, 1 p

H – HB 2575, Vickie Chamberlain, 1 p

I – HB 2575, Vickie Chamberlain, 4 p

J – HB 2575, Vickie Chamberlain, 4 p

K – HB 2575, Vickie Chamberlain, 2 p