HOUSE COMMITTEE ON EDUCATION

 

 

March 17, 2003†† Hearing Room E

1:00 PM Tape46

 

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

 

MEMBER EXCUSED: ††††††††††† Rep. Wayne Scott

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STAFF PRESENT:††††† ††††††††††† Jim Keller, Committee Administrator

Jeana Harrington, Committee Assistant

 

MEASURES HEARD:†††††††† ††††††††††† HB 2894 - Public Hearing

 

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

 

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Speaker

Comments

TAPE 46, A

004

Chair Backlund

Calls meeting to order at 1:04 PM. Welcomes members and audience. Opens public hearing on HB 2894.

HB 2894 PUBLIC HEARING

008

Jim Keller

Committee Administrator. Reads Staff Measure Summary (SMS).

015

Rep. Phil Barnhart

House District 11. Testifies in favor of HB 2894. Raises issues of a specific school district. Notes the current requirements of statute.

049

Bob Siewert

Associate Superintendent, Office of Curriculum Instruction Field Services and Special Education, Oregon Department of Education (ODE). Testifies in favor of HB 2894. Notes its congruency with the current budget situation.

073

Randy Harnisch

ODE. Testifies in favor of HB 2894. Explains the purpose of the original law. Informs the committee of options relating to compliance.

103

Rep. Nolan

Notices the current statuteís wording. Asks if the Superintendent has ever used the granted authority.

107

Harnisch

Negates. Notes the situation has been present although ODE has never had to follow through.

112

Rep. Nolan

Inquires concerning Superintendent use of the option.

117

Rep. Barnhart

Comments. Notes there is no time limit in the bill.

131

Rep. Hopson

Clarifies there is no timeline by the bill.

137

Harnisch

Comments on the extension of time.

142

Rep. Hopson

Asks who determines if a district can merge.

148

Harnisch

Responds there are several possible avenues that could lead to merger.

153

Rep. Hopson

Comments on the bill being budget related.

162

Siewert

Speaks to the districts that will not be in compliance due to budget issues.

186

Rep. Farr

Comments on Rep. Barnhartís district and his sponsorship of the bill.

198

Chair Backlund

Closes the public hearing on HB 2894. Comments on the coming Talented and Gifted (TAG) bills. Notes the coming amendment to HB 2894. Adjourns at 1:21 PM.