SENATE COMMITTEE ON EDUCATION

 

 

March 13, 2003                                                                                                       Hearing Room C

3:00 p.m.                                                                                                                          Tape 34-35

 

MEMBERS PRESENT:         Sen. Charles Starr, Chair

Sen. Ryan Deckert, Vice-Chair

Sen. Ted Ferrioli

Sen. Bill Morrisette

MEMBER EXCUSED:

 

STAFF PRESENT:                 Jan McComb, Committee Administrator

Heather Gravelle, Committee Assistant

 

MEASURE/ISSUES HEARD:           Informational Meeting

                                                SB 184 – Public Hearing and Work Session

                                                SB 185 – 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 34, A

005

Chair Starr

Calls meeting to order at 3:05 p.m. Opens informational meeting on the Study Dog Reading System.

INFORMATIONAL MEETING

010

Deme Clainos

President, Study Dog Reading System. Provides a presentation regarding the Study Dog Reading Program.

035

Clainos

Gives overview of main problems. Comments that learning to read is difficult for children. Adds the good news is they have identified the reasons; skills can be learned and developed. Identifies the bad news, casual instruction won’t help specific children.

070

Clainos

Comments one on one instruction should be required as poor readers become poor learners. Comments on federal spending. Adds the Study Dog program is designed to solve two problems: The needs of the struggling readers, and one on one instruction.

090

Sen. Morrisette

Asks when the program was developed.

095

Clainos

Responds and provides specific dates.

100

Clainos

Mentions child’s defensive behaviors when they are having difficulties grasping reading techniques.

110

Clainos

Points out how the Study Dog Reading System program works: Assesses reading skills, and creates skills gap. Adds the research based curriculum to premeditate any gaps. Reports in grade level units tied to standards. States that internet access is provided for instruction and assessment.

135

Clainos

Describes the Study Dog is able to ensure the child stays with the program by utilizing a game format with levels. Illustrates the game and levels. Comments there is a high quality graphic design, and points earned into prizes.

190

Clainos

Engages child’s education community by sending weekly progress report to family. Adds it has teacher link, so the same report goes to the child’s teacher, to focus on their learning style to ensure the child will succeed.

225

Clainos

Explains why the internet is so important to Study Dog program.

250

Clainos

Provides example of product. Plays actual game to portray how the Study Dog program operates.

TAPE 35, A

005

Clainos

Mentions the benefits of the program again. Adds they would like to launch it this summer.

025

Sen. Morrisette

Asks if they have spoken to individual school districts regarding the program.

030

Clainos

Answers and clarifies goals. Adds the program is at home use only currently, they are not prepared to offer to school districts.

055

Chair Starr

Closes information meeting. Opens public hearing on SB 184.

SB 184 – PUBLIC HEARING

075

Jeff Svejcar

Executive Director, Student Assistance Commission. Testifies in support of SB 184. Provides written testimony (EXHIBIT A).

085

Vicki Merkel

ASPIRE Manager, Student Assistance Commission. Testifies in support of SB 184. Explains position and provides background information on the ASPIRE program.

115

Merkel

Mentions how many people are involved in the program, specifically the volunteers and students.

130

Merkel

Comments on the goals, and where funding comes from.

135

Caddy McKeown

ASPIRE. Testifies in support of SB 184. Mentions what the program does for them. Extends and enhances the reach of counselors. Comments about the well thought out curriculum, very valuable resource. Adds she personally advised 350 students in three years.

175

McKeown

Mentions specific individuals and what she advised them, and where they are now.

185

McKeown

Mentions improvements since the ASPIRE program began, lists the numbers of advisors team, consisting of parents, retired educators, stock brokers, pediatrician etc. very diverse. States ASPIRE has been the most rewarding thing she has done.

233

Sen. Morrisette

Asks about confidentiality.

240

Merkel

Clarifies the issue of confidentiality.

265

Lyssy Miller

ASPIRE. Testifies in support of SB 184. Comments she is very grateful to the ASPIRE program. Discusses what the process was and how it helped. Describes how beneficial ASPIRE is to high school students. States why having an ASPIRE mentor was so important and useful. Mentions friends who also went through the ASPIRE program

325

Matt Lehman

ASPIRE. Testifies in support of SB 184. Describes how he was part of the ASPIRE program his senior year. States why it is an important part of developing a plan for people who want to go to college.

TAPE 34, B

025

Chair Starr

Closes public hearing on SB 184. Opens work session on SB 184.

SB 184 – WORK SESSION

065

Sen. Deckert

MOTION: Moves to rescind the referral of SB 184 to Ways and Means.

 

 

VOTE: 4-0

 

Chair Starr

Hearing no objection, declares the motion CARRIED.

070

Sen. Deckert

MOTION: Moves SB 184 to the floor with a DO PASS recommendation.

 

 

VOTE: 4-0

 

Chair Starr

Hearing no objection, declares the motion CARRIED.

SEN. MORRISETTE will lead discussion on the floor.

075

Chair Starr

Closes the work session on SB 184. Opens a public hearing on SB 185.

The following prepared testimony is submitted for the record without public testimony for SB 184:

 

Rachael Pilliod

Submits written testimony (EXHIBIT C)

 

 

 

SB 185 – PUBLIC HEARING

080

Jeff Svejcar

Executive Director, Student Assistance Commission. Testifies in support of SB 185. Provides written testimony (EXHIBIT B). Provides history on SB 185.

115

Svejcar

States there are no general funding for SB 185. Mentions benefits of passing the bill.

120

Sen. Morrisette

Asks for clarification, gives a hypothetical situation.

125

Svejcar

Answers and provides specifics.

135

Sen. Morrisette

Asks if there is any liability.

140

Svejcar

States there is no liability.

155

Chair Starr

Closes the public hearing on SB 185. Opens a work session on SB 185.

SB 185 – WORK SESSION

175

Svejcar

Reminds the committee there is no fiscal impact and no additional cost associated.

180

Sen. Morrisette

Asks if there is a reciprocal agreement with other states.

185

Svejcar

Responds yes.

200

Chair Starr

MOTION: Moves to rescind the referral of SB 185 to Ways and Means.

 

 

VOTE: 4-0

205

Chair Starr

Hearing no objection, declares the motion CARRIED.

210

Chair Starr

MOTION: Moves SB 185 to the floor with a DO PASS recommendation.

 

 

VOTE: 4-0

215

Chair Starr

Hearing no objection, declares the motion CARRIED.

SEN. STARR will lead discussion on the floor.

220

Chair Starr

Closes the work session on SB 185. Opens an informational meeting on college planning.

INFORMATION MEETING

225

Duane DiCola

College Solutions Northwest. Explains College Solutions, and how their program operates. States there is a cost associated with the program. (EXHIBIT D)

275

Sen. Morrisette

Questions the chart provided in the submitted testimony regarding the program.

300

DiCola

Mentions number of students who he has assisted. States why the program is so important. Inquires which grade level the program targets.

345

Sen. Morrisette

Gives a specific example of personal experience.

385

Chair Starr

Asks if he also volunteers with the ASPIRE program.

390

DiCola

Responds yes. Mentions the lack of volunteers and the need for more professional counselors.

410

Chair Starr

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

 

 

EXHIBIT SUMMARY

 

A – SB 184, written testimony, Jeff Svejcar, 4 pp

 

The following exhibits are listed out of order in the body of the tape log:

B – SB 185, written testimony, Jeff Svejcar, 1 p

C – SB 184, additional testimony for the record, Rachael Pilliod, 1 p

D – Informational Meeting, Duane DiCola, 40 pp