SENATE COMMITTEE ON EDUCATION

 

 

March 27, 2003                                                                                                       Hearing Room C

3:00 PM                                                                                                                         Tapes-42-45

 

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 75– Public Hearing and Work Session

                                                SB 437 – Work Session

                                                SB 510 – Public Hearing

                                                SB 767 – 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 42,  A

005

Chair Starr

Calls the meeting to order at 3:11 p.m. Opens a public hearing on SB 75.

SB 75 – PUBLIC HEARING

010

Cliff Trow

Former Senator. Testifies in support of SB 75. Provides background and history. Comments the intent is to create health education standards within the school district.

030

Rep. Mark Hass

District 27. Testifies in support of SB 75. Explains Oregon leads the country in two categories, one of those is obesity of young people. States better health education will provide students with the knowledge and tools to choose healthier eating choices. Adds our investment of healthy kids today will pay dividends tomorrow by avoiding the cost of treating disease, drug addiction and depression.

050

Sen. Bill Morrisette

District 6. Testifies in support of SB 75. Provides written testimony (EXHIBIT A).

070

Don Bishoff

Legislative Assistant of Sen. Bill Morrisette. Explains the -2 and -3 amendments to SB 75. States unforeseen delays, and unintended insertion. Adds they have worked closely with the Department of Education

100

Chair Starr

Closes the public hearing on SB 75. Opens s work session on SB 75.

SB 75 – WORK SESSION

105

Sen. Morrisette

MOTION: Moves adoption of the -2 amendments to SB 75.

 

 

VOTE: 4-0

110

Chair Starr

Hearing no objection, declares the motion CARRIED.

 

Sen. Morrisette

MOTION: Moves adoption of the -3 amendments to SB 75.

 

 

VOTE: 4-0

115

Chair Starr

Hearing no objection, declares the motion CARRIED.

118

Chair Starr

Closes work session on SB 75. Re-opens a public hearing on SB 75.

SB 75 – PUBLIC HEARING

125

Aleita Hass Holcombe

Oregon Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance. Testifies in support of SB 75. Provides written testimony (EXHIBIT B)

170

Holcombe

States she is here to advocate the positive influence health education standards will have on the quest to educate the children.

180

John Valley

American Hearth Association, Advocacy Director. Testifies in support of SB 75. Provides written testimony (EXHIBIT C). States SB 75 is a positive step in fighting heart disease and stroke. Adds health education is the only required academic subject in Oregon that does not have a state standard.

230

Sen. Morrisette

Asks if they are eligible for grants.

240

Valley

Responds and states they are looking for outside resources to assist in printing costs. Adds they have already begun the process of researching potential funds.

250

Gillian Davis

Health Education Teacher. Testifies in support of SB 75. Explains position and mentions she is a health education teacher. States that SB 75 balances the issues. Adds the children need to have healthy habits developed to prevent making wrong choices.

300

Ginny Ehrlich

Oregon Department of Education. Testifies in support of SB 75. Explains position. States healthy kids learn better. Adds good eating habits and exercise improves the children’s overall attitude and reflects in their school work.

390

Leslie Hickox

Health and Education Instructor Portland Community College. Testifies in support of SB 75. Provides written testimony (EXHIBIT D).

445

Courtni Dresser

Advocacy for preventing cancer. Testifies in support of SB 75, with amendments. Provides written testimony (EXHIBIT E). States assumed number of children who are using tobacco and have poor eating habits, which will increase chances for cancer. Adds children need to learn life long habits for good health. States preventative education is the key.

TAPE 43, A

005

Wayne Feller

State Board of Education. Testifies in support of SB 75. Mentions cost control and the need for a preventative process established.

050

Chuck Bennett

Confederation of Oregon School Administrators. Testifies in opposition of SB 75. Explains position. Mentions the amendments. States they are very concerned with additional mandates. Mentions the number of teachers who will be laid off because of the economy. Adds they need a chance to review the amendments before proceeding.

110

Patty O’Sullivan

Portland Public Schools. Testifies in opposition of SB 75. Specifies which part of the amendments they are concerned with States money and teachers are in decline and there are not enough to go around. States changing the verbiage from “Shall” to “May” will allow for more flexibility.

150

Ehrlich

Agrees with the suggestion of having discussions on the issue to develop a resolution.

185

Chair Starr

Closes public hearing on SB 75. Opens a work session on SB 437.

SB 437 – WORK SESSION

215

Sen. Deckert

Explains the -13 amendments and the intention of SB 437.

254

Sen. Ferroli

Thanks Sen. Deckert for negotiation on a very hard issue and an important piece of legislation. Appreciates all his hard work.

285

Sen. Ferrioli

MOTION: Moves adoption of the-13 amendments to SB 437.

 

 

VOTE: 4-0

290

Chair Starr

Hearing no objection, declares the motion CARRIED.

295

Sen. Ferrioli`

MOTION: Moves SB 437 to the committee on Ways and Means with a DO PASS AS AMENDED recommendation.

300

Chair Starr

Closes the work session on SB 437. Opens a public hearing on SB 510.

SB 510 – PUBLIC HEARING

300

Rodman Peil

Retired Teacher. Testifies in support of SB 510. Provides written testimony (EXHIBIT J). States the benefits of passing SB 510. Relates examples to committee members to drive home the point. States what type of curriculum was utilized.

TAPE 42, B

075

Peil

States reading is an unnatural act, not instinctive. Explains someone must teach the student and they must be a willing student. Adds that SB 510 would ensure that parents are aware of the child if he or she is not reading at the correct level.

100

Sen. Morrisette

Asks if SB 510 is a mandate.

101

Peil

Responds he doesn’t see it as a mandate .Explains it is giving extra assurance that the child is at the correct reading level.

155

Sen. Morrisette

Relates personal experience. Adds parents need to be responsible and notified of their child’s progress or lack there of.

175

Bill Auty

Oregon Department of Education, Office of Assessment and Evaluation, Associate Superintendent. Testifies in opposition of SB 510. Provides written testimony (EXHIBIT K). Explains concerns with specific language of the bill. Adds that policies seldom accomplish what they were created to do.

195

Joni Gilles

Oregon Department of Education, Office of Curriculum and Field Services, Director. Testifies in opposition of SB 510. Explains position and research conducted to verify comments. Gives statistics, based on scientific research only. Adds having the child held back doesn’t necessarily mean they will be ok. Offers suggested interventions.

255

Chair Starr

States the Reading First program and the No Child Left Behind act, are very good examples of preventative measures. Adds that establishing early what the child’s reading level is, is key. Comments research shows the school system is failing the poor and other at risk students. Asks how can we work together to ensure it is not an ongoing problem.

285

Gilles

Agrees that specific groups of children do need more one on one attention with teachers. States the Reading First program is an excellent example. Mentions other examples of professional development for instructors or teachers. Explains the single most important factor is the student’s success.

310

Sen. Morrisette

States the most important part is that parents need to be notified how the child is doing. Comments not downgrading the roll of the teacher, but parents are a large part of the supportive and preventative factor in the child’s life. Wonders if there is any way that parents can be mandated to be involved.

350

Gilles

States it depends on the school district. Comments that parent and community involvement is key to the student’s success. Mentions different projects created. Adds they are trying to gather information, and to assist other schools districts with their strategies.

400

Auty

Responds and adds his thoughts on the issue of involving parents.

TAPE 43, B

030

Chair Starr

States the belief that parental notification should be mandatory.

045

Chuck Bennett

Confederation of Oregon School Administrators. Testifies in opposition to SB 510. States concerns with how the bill will be implemented. Refers to page 2, section 8. Comments the verbiage appears to be existing policy. Adds it should be a local option, not a mandate.

120

Sen. Morrisette

States the one thing missing, is a serious charge to the parent that the child may be held back. Relates own experience. Kids need to meet the standards to pass.

145

Bennett

Comments the frustration is shared, believes the parents should be more involved.

155

Chair Starr

Closes the public hearing on SB 510. Opens a public hearing on SB 767.

SB 767 – PUBLIC HEARING

160

Jan McComb

Committee Administrator. Provides an overview of SB 767.

164

Sen. Bruce Starr

District 15. Testifies in support of SB 767. Provides personal examples. Emphasizes the need to turn local control back to local school boards. States specific reasons why.

235

Dawn Phillips

Rep Millers Office, Chief of Staff. Testifies in support of SB 767. States what the benefits are. Mentions Oregon Progress Boards.

TAPE 44 , A

005

Sen. Bruce Starr

Comments and highlights cost issues.

010

Joe Kirk

Board of Education, Chair. Testifies in opposition of SB 767.States there is a lot of evidence that students are performing higher than the past. Adds each year there are improvements. Adds assessments have been developed by teachers in Oregon to assess students to high standards, and to continue coaching.

080

Sen. Gary George

District 12. Testifies in support of SB 767. States there needs to be standards and a mechanism to test to ensure the quality of education in Oregon, which isn’t the CIM program. Provides examples and further insight on the issue.

175

Bill Auty

Oregon Department of Education, Office of Assessment and Evaluation, Associate Superintendent Testifies in opposition of SB 767. Provides written testimony (EXHIBIT M).

245

Sen. Morrisette

Inquires if the Department of Education has ever done a cost assessment.

255

Auty

Yes, provides clarification.

TAPE 45, A

030

Morgan Anderson

Intel, Education Manager. Testifies in opposition of SB 767. States 10 years ago, tests reflected that students were not performing competitively with their international peers. Points out that the education industry asked for higher standards.

080

Sen. Morrisette

States his own experience as a teacher. Adds CIM is a test, and the teachers seem to be teaching students how to pass the test.

090

Anderson

Clarifies there should be a core curriculum for students. Adds to enable them to have the instruction in the classroom. States that CIM is not just a multiple choice question testing system.

125

Chuck Bennett

Confederation of Oregon School Administrators. Testifies in opposition of SB 767.Comments and recommends complete review of the record from the House hearings. Expresses a vast majority spoke highly of the CIM system.

210

Chair Starr

Closes the public hearing on SB 767. Adjourns the meeting at 5:45 pm.

 

 

EXHIBIT SUMMARY

 

A – SB 75, written testimony, Sen. Bill Morrisette, 1 p

B – SB 75, written testimony, Aleita Hass-Holcombe, 1 p

C – SB 75, written testimony, John Valley, 1 p

D – SB 75, written testimony, Leslie Hickox, 1 p

E – SB 75, written testimony, Courtni Dresser, 1 p

F – SB 75, additional testimony for the record, Julee Andreoni, 1 p

G – SB 75, additional testimony for the record, Craig Mosbaek, 1 p

H – SB 75, additional testimony for the record, A. Lane Cooper, 1 p

I – SB 75, additional testimony for the record, Carol Atkins, 2 pp

J – SB 510, written testimony, Rodman Peil, 13 pp

K – SB 510, written testimony, Bill Auty, 2 pp

L – SB 510, written testimony, BethAnne Darby,. 1 p

M – SB 767, written testimony, Bill Auty, 6 pp

N – SB 767, written testimony, BethAnne Darby, 2 pp