SENATE COMMITTEE ON EDUCATION

 

 

February 18, 2003                                                                                                   Hearing Room C

3:00 PM                                                                                                                        Tapes 17 - 18

 

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:           Informational Meeting

                                                SB 238 - Public Hearing and Work Session

                                                SB 372 - Public Hearing

                                                Informational Meeting

 

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 17, A

005

Chair Starr

Calls meeting to order at 3:05p.m. Opens Informational Meeting.

INFORMATIONAL MEETING

015

John Longanecker

Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education. Provides written testimony (EXHIBITS A, B).

020

Longanecker

Explains the programs within Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education.

170

Sen. Morrisette

Inquires where the collected data originated.

175

Longanecker

Describes history.

180

Sen. Morrisette

Asks if the data is in step with economic trends.

185

Longanecker

Replies and elaborates.

220

Longanecker

Explains policy goals.

240

Longanecker

Comments Oregon has one of the lowest college completion rates.

340

Longanecker

Expresses access is a risk. Oregon has one of the highest tuition rates in the West.

TAPE 18, A

010

Chair Starr

Closes informational meeting. Opens public hearing on SB 238.

SB 238 – PUBLIC HEARING

015

Nan Heim

Oregon Library Association. Testifies in support of SB 238.

020

Jim Scheppke

Oregon State Library. Testifies in support of SB 238. Provides written testimony (EXHIBIT C).

025

Scheppke

States SB 238 would not create a burden on local school districts.

040

Kelly Kuntz

Oregon Educational Media Association. Testifies in support of SB 238. Provides written testimony (EXHIBIT D).

075

Sen. Morrisette

Inquires how many elementary schools have certified librarians.

080

Kuntz

Approximates number of certified librarians.

110

Chair Starr

Closes public hearing on SB 238. Opens work session on SB 238.

SB 238 – WORK SESSION

115

Sen. Deckert

MOTION: Moves SB 238 to floor with a DO PASS recommendation.

 

 

VOTE: 4-0

120

Chair Starr

Hearing no objection, declares the motion CARRIED.

SEN. MORRISETTE will lead discussion on the floor.

125

Chair Starr

Closes work session on SB 238. Opens public hearing on SB 372.

SB 372 – PUBLIC HEARING

150

Sen. David Nelson

District 29. Testifies in support of SB 372.

175

Joe McElligott

Ione resident. Testifies in support of SB 372. Provides written testimony from Al Meunier (EXHIBITS E, F).

220

McElligott

Explains position. States the school was developed to increase population.

290

McElligott

Provides history. Cuts were made to create long term stability.

400

Anne Morter

Ione resident. Testifies in support of SB 372.

TAPE 17, B

005

Sen. Kate Brown

District 21.Testifies in support of SB 372. Provides written testimony (EXHIBIT F).

020

Sen. Brown

States schools will close if SB 3721 does not pass. Comments the school is the life blood of the community. States it would be a disservice if the schools were consolidated.

030

Sen. Morrisette

Inquires if supporting SB 372 would set a new trend.

035

Sen. Brown

Asserts it may.

040

Lisa Rietmann

Ione resident. Testifies in support of SB 372. Speaks on the fiscal impact of SB 372.

085

Sen. Morrisette

Asks if the school districts were once consolidated.

090

Rietmann

Provides history of the school districts.

100

Sen. Morrisette

Asks what the population is in Ione.

105

McElligott

Approximates Ione population.

135

John Osburn

Attorney. Testifies in support of SB 372. Provides written testimony (EXHIBIT G).

200

Chuck Bennett

Confederation of Oregon School Administrators. Testifies against SB 372. Comments there needs to be more discussion. Adds if the issue can’t be resolved locally, at that point come back before the committee for resolution.

260

Chair Starr

Closes public hearing on SB 372. Opens informational meeting on Charter Schools in Texas.

INFORMATIONAL MEETING

295

Kevin Youngblood

Pathway Publishers. Explains he helped to establish 23 campus Texas charter schools to address needs of at risk inner city youth.

320

Youngblood

States he believes that charter schools help to provide a better education.

TAPE 18, B

015

Youngblood

Comments he established Pathway Publishers to create computerized curriculum to meet the needs of at risk youth.

040

Chair Starr

Inquires what the impact has been.

045

Youngblood

Outlines impacts.

060

Chair Starr

Inquires what type of youth is targeted.

070

Youngblood

Identifies target areas.

090

Chair Starr

Asks for a five year projection.

095

Youngblood

Indicates goals.

140

Sen. Deckert

Asks what the challenges are.

145

Youngblood

Specifies challenges.

185

Sen. Morrisettee

Comments the education process is revolutionary, we need innovative ideas to teach children.

190

Chair Starr

Closes information meeting. Adjourns meeting at 5:00 p.m.

 

 

 

EXHIBIT SUMMARY

 

A – Informational, written report, John Longanecker, 2 pp

B – Informational, written report, John Longanecker, 8 pp

C – SB 238, written testimony, Jim Scheppke, 1 p

D – SB 238, written testimony, Kelly Kuntz, 1 p

E – SB 372, written testimony, Al Meunier, 1 p

F – SB 372, written testimony, Sen. Kate Brown, 1 p

G – SB 372, written testimony, John Osburn, 3 pp