HOUSE COMMITTEE ON EDUCATION

 

 

May 2, 2003 Hearing Room E

1:00 PM Tapes  80 - 81

 

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:                     HJR 56 – Public Hearing

                                                SB 11A – Public Hearing and Work Session

                                                SB 129 – Public Hearing and Work Session

                                                SB 761 – Public Hearing and Work Session

                                                 

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 80, A

004

Chair Backlund

Calls meeting to order at 1:35 PM. Welcomes colleagues and audience. Opens public hearing on HJR 56.

HJR 56 – PUBLIC HEARING

009

Jim Keller

Committee Administrator. Reads Staff Measure Summary (SMS) on HJR 56.

015

Rep. Mitch Greenlick

House District 33. Testifies in favor of HJR 56. Explains HJR 56 came from a bill proposed earlier in the session. Lists the concerns the Oregon University System (OUS) had with the earlier bill and informs the committee of the work the two parties have done.

068

Chair Backlund

Informs Rep. Greenlick HB 2817 has passed.

077

Rep. Greenlick

Responds he does not see a conflict between the two bills.

085

Rep. Hopson

Poses question regarding the task force.

090

Rep. Greenlick

Responds. Speaks on the inclusion of the post-secondary institutions in the Portland Metropolitan Area.

138

Rep. Hopson

Asks if OUS should be the entity to create such a task force.

143

Rep. Greenlick

Thinks the action should come from outside of the OUS and explains why.

153

Grattan Kerans

OUS. Concurs with the conversations between OUS and Rep. Greenlick. Explains HJR 56 is an improvement, but that OUS remains opposed to the resolution. Refers the committee to letters provided by educational heads. Speaks on the other task force created to deal with the issues already. States that OUS would be comfortable with the resolution without

211

Rep. Greenlick

Explains the item in subsection nine of HJR 56 does not need to be present.

225

Rem Nivens

Oregon Community Colleges Association (OCCA). Echoes the concerns of OUS. Explains that without the removal of subsection nine, OCCA also opposes the bill.

240

Ed Johnston

Lincoln County. Voices concern with the bill.

256

Chair Backlund

Interjects.

260

Johnston

Supposes he is testifying on the wrong bill.

264

Chair Backlund

Closes public hearing on HJR 56. Opens public hearing on SB 11.

SB 11A – PUBLIC HEARING

275

Jim Keller

Reads SMS on 11A.

280

Chair Backlund

Closes public hearing and opens work session on SB 11A.

SB 11A – WORK SESSION

286

Rep. Hopson

MOTION:  Moves SB 11A to the floor with a DO PASS recommendation.

291

Rep. Hopson

Reiterates it is an opportunity for smaller school districts to have a chance. Notes that she supports the ability of school districts to work together. Adds that in the case presented by SB 11A, larger districts may have an advantage.

308

 

VOTE:  6-1

AYE:               6 - Avakian, Dalto, Farr, Hopson, Scott, Backlund

NAY:               1 - Nolan

 

Chair Backlund

The motion CARRIES.

REP. HOPSON will lead discussion on the floor.

315

Chair Backlund

Closes work session on SB 11A. Opens public hearing on SB 129.

SB 129 – PUBLIC HEARING

330

Ray Lindley

ODE. Introduces Diane Baldwin. Testifies in favor of SB 129 (EXHIBIT A). Summarizes the issues involved in the measure. Explains the purpose of the bill and its allowances regarding fees to private career school teachers and students.

TAPE 81, A

037

Chair Backlund

Asks if there is any opposition to the bill.

040

Lindley

States ODE is not aware of any opposition.

047

Chair

Closes public hearing and opens work session on SB 129.

SB 129 – WORK SESSION

048

Rep. Hopson

MOTION:  Moves SB 129 to the floor with a DO PASS recommendation and BE REFERRED to the committee on Ways and Means by prior reference.

059

 

VOTE:  7-0

AYE:            In a roll call vote, all members present vote Aye.

 

Chair Backlund

The motion CARRIES.

062

Chair Backlund

Closes work session on SB 129. Opens public hearing on SB 761.

SB 761 – PUBLIC HEARING

066

Jim Keller

Reads SMS on SB 761. Notes amendments -4, -5, -7, -8 (EXHIBITS B-E). Notes there is no subsequent referral to Ways and Means.

076

Marcia Kelley

American Association of University Women. Provides information on her agency. Testifies against SB 761. Voices concern for the bill due to the removal of testing. Thinks the repeal is not well founded.

106

Chair Backlund

Closes public hearing and opens work session on SB 761.

SB 761 – WORK SESSION

110

Rep. Farr

MOTION:  Moves to ADOPT SB 761-4 amendments dated 4/28/03.

112

 

VOTE:  6-1

AYE:               6 - Avakian, Dalto, Farr, Hopson, Scott, Backlund

NAY:               1 - Nolan

 

Chair Backlund

The motion CARRIES.

116

Rep. Farr

MOTION:  Moves to ADOPT SB 761-5 amendments dated 4/29/03.

119

Rep. Nolan

States she will be a ‘no’ vote

122

Chair Backlund

Comments on the -5 amendments.

125

 

VOTE:  6-0-1

EXCUSED:  1 - Nolan

 

Chair Backlund

Hearing no objection, declares the motion CARRIED.

127

Rep. Farr

MOTION:  Moves to ADOPT SB 761-7 amendments dated 4/29/03.

132

Rep. Hopson

Asks Mr. Harnisch if the amendment would change special education requirements for home school requirements from what they currently are.

141

Randy Harnisch

ODE. Understands that districts will continue to need to have to comply with the Title IX requirement.

150

Chair Backlund

Clarifies the intent of the -7 amendments.

154

Harnisch

Responds.

157

 

VOTE:  5-2

AYE:               5 - Avakian, Dalto, Farr, Scott, Backlund

NAY:               2 - Hopson, Nolan

 

Chair Backlund

The motion CARRIES.

161

Rep. Farr

MOTION:  Moves to ADOPT SB 761-8 amendments dated 4/30/03.

163

Rep. Hopson

States she will object to the amendments as she feels asking parents to determine whether absences are excused or unexcused renders the purpose moot.

173

Rep. Dalto

Remarks on the -7 amendments regarding unexcused absences. States he has discomfort on the amendments.

179

Chair Backlund

Understands that the home school parents and education service district (ESD) heads worked together to acknowledge concerns with dropouts and truancy.

187

 

VOTE:  5-2

AYE:               5 - Avakian, Dalto, Farr, Scott, Backlund

NAY:               2 - Hopson, Nolan

 

Chair Backlund

The motion CARRIES.

196

Rep. Farr

MOTION:  Moves SB 761 to the floor with a DO PASS AS AMENDED recommendation.

200

Rep. Farr

Notes reservations for removing registration requirements for home school students. States it has been mainly overcome by the amendments. 

213

Rep. Hopson

States she will vote against the bill. Appreciates the testimony regarding parental rights and state responsibility. Believes the ninety percent of home school parents are doing a fine job. Notes the other ten percent needs protection. Does not feel that the current requirements are burdensome in any way. Believes the current law is balanced. Notes a large percentage of parents of home school students do not do well on the tests. Believes some parents will be untruthful regarding truancy excuses.

248

Rep. Dalto

States that over time he has struggled with a decision on the bill. Does not think the five to ten percent of families abusing the system are properly restricted by the bill. Voices concern that the minority may be affected greatly. Will vote yes as a courtesy.

280

Rep. Avakian

Speaks on the five to ten percent of students, thinks focus should be on the public education system where children are not receiving the services they need and require. Thinks that five to ten percent failure rate is commendable.

300

Chair Backlund

Speaks on his experiences as a high school history teacher relating the home school students. Believes it is important to consider the five to ten percent.

323

 

VOTE:  5-2

AYE:               5 - Avakian, Dalto, Farr, Scott, Backlund

NAY:               2 - Hopson, Nolan

 

Chair Backlund

The motion CARRIES.

REP. FARR will lead discussion on the floor.

330

Chair Backlund

Closes work session on SB 761.

333

Rep. Farr

Notes the meeting is possibly the committee’s last.

338

Chair Backlund

Concurs.

341

Rep. Farr

Thanks the committee members for their work.

343

Chair Backlund

Adjourns meeting at 2:26 PM.

 

EXHIBIT SUMMARY

 

A – SB 129, Ray Lindley, 3 pp

B – SB 761-4, Staff, 1 p

C – SB 761-5, Staff, 1 p

D – SB 761-7, Staff, 1 p

E – SB 761-8, Staff, 2 pp