SENATE COMMITTEE ON EDUCATION

 

 

February 4, 2003                                                                                                     Hearing Room C

3:00 p.m.                                                                                                                              Tape 8-9

 

MEMBERS PRESENT:         Sen.  Charles Starr, Chair

Sen. Ryan Deckert, Vice-Chair

Sen. Ted Ferrioli

Sen. Bill Morrisette

 

STAFF PRESENT:                 Jan McComb, Committee Administrator

Heather Gravelle, Committee Assistant

 

MEASURE/ISSUES HEARD:           SB 11 – Public Hearing

                                                Informational Meeting

Update on Charter Schools in Oregon

 

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 8, A

005

Chair Starr

Calls the meeting to order at 3:05 pm. Opens public hearing on SB 11.

SB 11 – PUBLIC HEARING

015

Jan McComb

Committee Administrator. Provides overview of SB 11.

020

Sen. Ferrioli

Explains how the issue evolved.

090

Jack Henderson

Dufur School District. Testifies in support of SB 11.

135

Sen. Morrisette

Inquires about other school districts.

140

Henderson

Explains.

155

Sen. Deckert

Inquires about consolidating inherent cost efficiencies.

160

Henderson

Summarizes and points out specifics.

210

Janell Wyatt

Citizen of Dufur. Testifies in support of SB 11. Provides written testimony (EXHIBIT A). Comments ORS 333 is an unfair, poorly written law. Explains reasons.

270

Wyatt

Comments that students come first. Larger classrooms do not equal better education.

290

Michele Hammel

Citizen of Dufur. Testifies in support of SB 11.

355

Hammel

Urges removal of ORS 3-33 from law. Explains reasons.

365

Jean Wilkinson

Oregon Farm Bureau. Testifies in support of SB 11. Provides written testimony (EXHIBIT B).

375

Wilkinson

Comments the Oregon Farm Bureau is supportive of SB 11, and very supportive of rural schools in Oregon.

465

Chair Nelson

Closes Pubic Hearing on SB 11. Opens informational meeting.

INFORMATIONAL MEETING

CHARTER SCHOOLS

TAPE 9, A

020

Rob Kremer

Oregon Education Coalition. Presents testimony on charter schools. Comments he first testified on this subject in 1997.

055

Kremer

Explains Oregon is the only state in America that has School Boards Association support for charter schools.

075

Kremer

States the Department of Education has done an amazing job implementing the terms of the statute as passed.

175

Sen. Deckert

Asks how the statute reads.

180

Kremer

Clarifies the statute.

235

Sen. Deckert

Inquires if there have been any great strides in reducing the achievement gap in charter schools.

245

Kremer

Details the achievements.

300

Jim Green

Oregon School Boards Association. Provides written report (EXHIBIT C).

365

Green

Comments the last two years have been spent traveling the state of Oregon, helping school districts and charter applicants create their schools. Points out funding issues.

TAPE 8, B

050

Sen. Morrisette

Asks how many charter schools enroll disabled students.

060

Green

Approximates number of disabled students enrolled.

070

Sen. Morrisette

Inquires if charter schools are required to take disabled students.

075

Green

Describes the rules in place regarding disabled students.

185

Joni Gilles

Oregon Department of Education. Provides written report (EXHIBIT D). Explains the services the Oregon Department of Education provides in regards to charter schools.

220

Gilles

Comments there are 23 charter schools currently operating, with a total of 2,500 students.

300

Gilles

States charter schools are held accountable, and must reflect results. All have goals that are written and must be met. Test scores should be as good as or better than regular schools.

415

Chair Nelson

Comments funds don’t seem to be sufficient.

TAPE 9, B

005

Greene

Agrees and gives examples of schools closing due to lack of funds.

155

Chair Nelson

Expresses support of the charter school program.

165

Chair Nelson

Closes informational meeting. Adjourns committee at 5:00 p.m.

 

 

 

 

EXHIBIT SUMMARY

 

A – SB 11, written testimony, Janell Wyatt, 3 pp

B – SB 11, written testimony, Jean Wilkinson, 1 p

C – Charter Schools, Jim Green, written report, 27 pp

D – Charter Schools, Joni Gilles, written report, 10 pp