SENATE COMMITTEE ON EDUCATION

 

 

February 11, 2003                                                                                                   Hearing Room C

3:00 p.m.                                                                                                                         Tapes 13-14

 

MEMBERS PRESENT:         Sen.  Ryan Deckert, Vice-Chair

Sen. Ted Ferrioli

Sen. Bill Morrisette

 

MEMBER EXCUSED:          Sen. Charles Starr, Chair

 

STAFF PRESENT:                 Jan McComb, Committee Administrator

Romy Dye, Committee Assistant

 

MEASURE/ISSUES HEARD:           SB 124 – Public Hearing

                                                SB 126 – 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 13, A

005

Vice-Chair Deckert

Calls the committee to order at 3:15 PM. Opens a public hearing on SB 124.

SB 124 – PUBLIC HEARING

006

Jan McComb

Committee Administrator. Presents overview of SB 124.

014

Bob Siewert

Associate Superintendent for the Office of Curriculum Instruction and Field Services, Oregon Department of  Education. Testifies in support of SB 124. Submits written testimony (EXHIBIT A).

050

Sen. Morrisette

Inquires about types of waivers.

053

Joni Gillis

Director, Office of Curriculum Instruction and Field Services, Oregon Department of Education. Responds have had ten waiver requests to date of which most are waiving 20% cap of out-of-district students.

070

Sen. Morrisette

Asks about whether waiver requested in the past.

072

Gillis

Responds positively.

076

Sen. Morrisette

Asks about acquisition to waiver by other districts.

080

Gillis

Responds the waivers granted by the State Board have been granted due to joint waiver request from outlying districts, sponsoring districts and charter school.

086

Sen. Morrisette

Asks for clarification the only waivers granted with 20% is result of coming together by all parties agreeing to the waiver.

087

Gillis

Responds positively.

090

Sen. Morrisette

Asks about disputes between districts.

095

Randy Harnisch

Executive Staff, State Board of Education. Explains that is not an issue at this point.

103

Sen. Morrisette

Inquires about opposition to proposal. 

105

Gillis

Responds negatively.

110

Jim Green

Oregon School Boards Association. Advises the association is not opposed to bill in current form but would like to discuss amendment to SB 124. 

139

Sen. Morrisette

Asks whether waiver might be denied by State Board of Education.

142

Green

Responds positively.

145

Sen. Morrisette

Asks about opposition.

146

Green

Explains.

150

Vice-Chair  Deckert

Asks for examples.

152

Green

Provides example.

179

Rob Kremer

Oregon Education Coalition. Expresses concern with SB 124.

200

Sen. Morrisette

Asks questions about remand.

208

Kremer

Responds remand is fruitless at this time.

213

Gillis

Elaborates further.

238

Sen. Morrisette

Asks about how many times moves to State Board and State Board said no.

248

Gillis

Responds six denials by local school boards with three successfully mediated resulting in charter and the other three going through the State Board.

255

Sen. Morrisette

Asks about remand back from state to local districts that have gone nowhere.

268

Kremer

Responds three instances where processes at the state say they want school sponsored.

275

Sen. Morrisette

Asks if they were sponsored as result.

277

Kremer

Responds positively.

280

Green

Explains further.

310

Steve Novick

Department of Education. Asserts that remand procedure is valuable.

330

Sen. Morrisette

Asks about department involvement in discussion with local school and local school boards.

340

Novick

Responds and elaborates.

354

Sen. Morrisette

Comments with examples on remands.

360

Novick

Responds on remands granted and denied.

383

Vice-Chair Deckert

Closes the public hearing on SB 124 and opens a public hearing on SB 126.

SB 126 – PUBLIC HEARING

392

McComb

Presents overview on SB 126.

397

Bob Siewert

Testifies in support of SB 126. Provides written summary (EXHIBIT B).

TAPE 14, A

005

Vice-Chair Deckert

Asks about whether other vendors charged fees aside from publishers.   

007

Rex Crouse

Department of Education. Responds that this program deals only with those publishers that request to be a part of the review process so does not know of other vendors that deal with Department of Education.

011

Siewert

Elaborates.

017

Sen. Morrisette

Asks what textbook is being reviewed this year.

020

Crouse

Responds mathematics review and beginning second world languages.

023

Sen. Morrisette

Asks how many textbooks submitted for mathematics for review.

025

Crouse

Responds nineteen programs.

027

Sen. Morrisette

Asks about whether a $50 fee per program.

029

Crouse

Responds it is a fee per item within a program.

036

Green

Clarifies.

038

Sen. Morrisette

Asks about fees collected for mathematics this year.

039

Crouse

Responds $235,416.

041

Vice-Chair Deckert

Asks if Oregon’s fees are highest in the nation.

043

Crouse

Responds twenty states are involved in adoption process with fees in over three.

047

Vice-Chair Deckert

Requests information on the rate.  

052

Green

Comments attempting to find out more information.  

060

Sen. Morrisette

Asks about complaints from vendors about fees.

062

Crouse

Responds there have always been comments on fees but because of legislation fees are in existence.

067

Sen. Morrisette

Asks whether the fee has been a disincentive for vendors who come to Oregon.

069

Crouse

Explains it has not been a disadvantage.

072

Sen. Morrisette

Asks whether a disincentive if fees increased.

076

Green

Responds with examples.

080

Vice-Chair Deckert

Ask for information comparing Oregon to other states.

082

Green

Responds will get information.

084

Sen. Ferrioli

Asks what the value of the adoptions is.

093

Crouse

Responds with explanation on requirements.

099

Green

Adds through this program initial review of curricular material is needed to be done in order to save districts time.

101

Sen. Ferrioli

Elaborates.

130

Sen. Morrisette

Asks whether there are nineteen publishers.

133

Crouse

Responds estimate is believed to be correct.

135

Sen. Morrisette

Clarifies whether there are nineteen people applied.

136

Crouse

Responds positively.

 

Sen. Morrisette

Asks whether there are nineteen choices that can be made to purchase the books.

 

Crouse

Responds nineteen by category not total.

138

Sen. Morrisette

Asks about retail.

147

Crouse

Explains $50 or actual retail whichever is higher per item.  

155

Sen. Morrisette

Asks about price breaks involved in selling to different school districts.

160

Crouse

Responds there is a contract involved.  

165

Vice-Chair Deckert

Closes the public hearing on SB 126 and adjourns the meeting at 3:55 PM.

 

EXHIBIT SUMMARY

 

A – SB 124, table of history of revenues and expenditures, Bob Siewert, 1 pp

B – SB 126, overview, Bob Siewert, 2 pp