HOUSE COMMITTEE ON EDUCATION

 

 

March 19, 2003   Hearing Room E

1:00 PM Tapes  47 - 48

 

MEMBERS PRESENT:            Rep. Vic Backlund, Chair

Rep. Elaine Hopson, Vice-Chair

Rep. Brad Avakian

Rep. Mary Nolan

Rep. Wayne Scott

 

MEMBER EXCUSED:             Rep. Pat Farr, Vice-Chair

                                                Rep. Billy Dalto

 

STAFF PRESENT:                  Jim Keller, Committee Administrator

Jeana Harrington, Committee Assistant

 

MEASURES HEARD:                     HJR 16 – Public Hearing and Work Session

                                                HB 2807 – 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 47, A

004

Chair Backlund

Calls meeting to order at 1:07 pm. Opens public hearing on HJR 16.

HJR 16 PUBLIC HEARING

005

Jim Keller

Committee Administrator. Reads Staff Measure Summary (SMS).

010

Jim Craven

American Electronics Association (AEA). Introduces HJR 16.

023

Eve Menger

President and Director, Youth Exploring Science (YES). Testifies in favor of HJR 16. Provides examples of the benefits of science fairs. (EXHIBIT A). Describes the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) coming to Portland in 2004. Notes YES is seeking private funds to include high-school students. Reads a letter submitted to her concerning the fair.

112

Chair Backlund

Comments.

117

Menger

Shows the committee ISEF related materials.

125

Mark Knight

Participant, ISEF. Testifies in favor of HJR 16 (EXHIBIT B). Illustrates the need for additional physics and math by informing the committee of the his research and participation in ISEF and related science fairs.

176

Chair Backlund

Asks how he communicated with the others at the conference.

180

M. Knight

Informs him that many languages were used to communicate. Provides example.

194

Rep. Avakian

Comments

197

M. Knight

Comments.

200

Dick Knight

YES. Testifies in favor of HJR 16 (EXHIBIT C). Informs the committee of the fairs being created in the state of Oregon by INTEL ISEF (EXHIBIT D). Informs the committee of the number of judges present in Oregon.

278

Rep. Hopson

Requests how the information is being disseminated to schools throughout the state.

282

D. Knight

Explains the network of volunteers that has been created to cover the issue. Notes there is also press coverage and support from the Oregon Department of Education (ODE).

300

Rep. Hopson

Asks if there is specific criteria for participation and how it is obtained.

304

D. Knight

Explains ‘affiliated fairs’ and criteria.

323

Harvey Matthews

Associated Oregon Industries (AOI). Testifies in favor of HJR 16. Explains the intent of the resolution. Believes efforts such as these will help with other educational and economic pursuits.

362

Chair Backlund

Thanks Mr. Matthews for bringing him the issue. Comments on his own perception of scientific research at a high school level. Closes public hearing and opens a work session on HJR 16.

HJR 16 – WORK SESSION

390

Rep. Hopson

MOTION:  Moves HJR 16 be sent to the floor with a BE ADOPTED recommendation.

399

Rep. Avakian

Comments on the importance of the program. Thanks INTEL for its recognition of young adults in Oregon.

TAPE 48, A

003

Rep. Avakian

Thanks Chair Backlund for sponsoring the bill.

006

Nolan

Comments.

007

Rep. Scott

Thanks Chair Backlund for sponsorship.

010

 

VOTE:  5-0-2

EXCUSED:  2 – Dalto, Farr

 

Chair Backlund

Hearing no objection, declares the motion CARRIED.

CHAIR BACKLUND will lead discussion on the floor.

014

Chair Backlund

Closes work session on HJR 16. Opens public hearing on HB 2807.

HB 2807 PUBLIC HEARING

025

Jim Keller

Reads SMS on HB 2807.

029

Rep. Greg Smith

House District 57. Testifies in favor of HB 2807. Introduces his guests. Provides the students served by the bill in Eastern Oregon. Requests the bill be sent to Ways and Means upon passage.

051

Rep. Bob Jensen

House District 58. Comments. Testifies in favor of HB 2807. Provides he was once on the staff of Blue Mountain Community College (BMCC). Speaks to the importance of the Eastern Oregon Collaborative Colleges Center (EOCCC). Comments on the failure of the legislature to fund the program last session and its effects on the colleges of Eastern Oregon.

122

Rep. Hopson

Comments.

125

Chair Backlund

Requests the member that promised funding to the program.

130

Rep. Jensen

Responds that commitments that were made went unfulfilled during the end of last session and no one is directly at fault.

144

Dr. Phil Creighton

President, Eastern Oregon University (EOU). Testifies in favor of HB 2807 (EXHIBIT E). Provides an explanation into the collaboration of the EOCCC. Comments on the importance of a commitment to education in Eastern Oregon.

180

Chair Backlund

Asks what will occur if the program is not funded.

182

Creighton

Explains the program will diminish. Notes the fund request is solely for program delivery.

192

Art Hill

BMCC. Testifies in favor of HB 2807. Provides accounts of the program. Refers the committee to the letter submitted by the President of BMCC, Dr. Travis Kirkland (EXHIBIT F). Notes the choices available for the program.

257

Dr. Jim Sorenson

President, Treasure Valley Community College (TUCC). Testifies in favor of HB 2807. Remarks on the positive collaboration of the EOCCC. Notes the educational situation in Malheur County. Comments on the loss of funding. Encourages the committee to continue funding.     

309

Rep. Hopson

Clarifies the centers of operation provided in EXHIBIT E.

319

Chair Backlund

Speaks on the funding of the issue being a compelling case. Explains his intentions for the bill.

334

Rep. Nolan

Believes the program is intriguing and impressive. Explains she would be happy to support the program if there is revenue available. Hesitates to offer false hope in funding the program.

353

Chair Backlund

Notes the program was not funded in the 2001 session. Offers that an attempt should be made.

367

Rep. Hopson

Concurs. Agrees the program is a positive one. Wonders about the readjustment of the community colleges.

375

Chair Backlund

Comments.

384

Cam Croise-Crawley

Commission of Community Colleges. Negates setting priorities of collaboration of community colleges. Explains the focus has been on funding students. Believes the EOCCC program is well-deserving.

420

Rep. Hopson

Provides figures on students and funds. Clarifies.

TAPE 47, B

002

Creighton

Answers the number of students served by the funds.

006

Rep. Nolan

Clarifies the figure is for the number of bodies and not for full time equivalent (FTE) students.

010

Creighton

Affirms.

012

Rep. Avakian

Requests the cost per student.

015

Creighton

Explains he does not have it.

018

Hill

Explains per term versus biennium amount of funds for students.

029

Chair Backlund

Requests the information be gathered. Closes the public hearing on HB 2807. Adjourns the meeting at 2:06 PM.

 

 

EXHIBIT SUMMARY

 

A – HJR 16, Eve Menger, 2 p

B – HJR 16, Mark Knight, 1 p

C – HJR 16, Dick Knight, 2 p

D – HJR 16, Dick Knight, 1 p

E – HB 2807, Dr. Phil Creighton, 5 p

F – HB 2807, Dr. Travis Kirkland, 2 p