SENATE COMMITTEE ON EDUCATION

 

 

April 1, 2003                                                                                                           Hearing Room C

3:00 PM                                                                                                                          Tapes 46-47

 

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 738 – Public Hearing

                                                SB 746 – Public Hearing

                                                SB 727 – Public Hearing

                                                SB 389 – 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 46, A

005

Chair Starr

Calls the meeting to order at 3:10 p.m. Opens a public hearing on SB 738.

SB 738 – PUBLIC HEARING

010

Ron Dexter

Consultant, Career and Technical Education. Testifies in support of SB 738. Provides written testimony (EXHIBIT A). Explains position. Clarifies the intent of SB 738. Provides background and history.

015

Dexter

Provides further information, including any cost associated with SB 738. States concerns that educational programs may be cut.

045

Sen. Ferrioli

Expresses that technical education has been withering. Mentions history of home economics, wood shops etc. Adds that professional technical education is a key alternative for those who do not seek higher education.

065

Sen. Morrisette

Agrees with Sen. Ferrioli. States he is a long supporter of professional technical education.

095

Dexter

Details there are many myths regarding professional technical education, and this study will help dispel these myths.

110

Dexter

Reports SB 738 will help to build new resources. Adds it will also benefit Oregon’s economy.

130

Sen. Morrisette

Inquires if SB 738 has a fiscal impact.

135

Dexter

Explains the Department of Education will provide financial support.

155

Sen. Morrisette

Suggests amending the bill to state the Department of Education will be supporting the work, this will ensure it won’t go to the Committee on Ways and Means.

160

Chair Starr

Closes the public hearing on SB 738. Opens a public hearing on SB 746.

SB 746 – PUBLIC HEARING

175

Ron Dexter

Consultant, Career and Technical Education. Testifies in support of SB 746. Provides written testimony (EXHIBIT B). States position and explains history of the bill. Adds the purpose of SB 746 is to develop a public safety career program for grades 7-16.

210

Dexter

Provides statistics of the program. States 180 people signed up for the program eight years ago. Expresses a major transformation of students who successfully completed the program.

225

Dexter

Declares there is a lot of interest, but few opportunities for this type of program. Adds that many don’t know it exists.

235

Bill Cross

Instructor of Criminal justice. Testifies in support of SB 746. States how many people have enrolled in the program. States the benefits and feels it helps develop career paths.

250

Cross

Adds that most contact youth have by law enforcement is negative, this program allows young people to see law enforcement in a positive manner.

300

Sen. Morrisette

Inquires if Dexter has contacted the Department of Education for support.

305

Dexter

States yes, and explains much of the assistance will be volunteers, and existing staff. States there is no fiscal impact.

375

Chair Starr

Expresses his support of SB 746. Adds these types of programs are vital to the future of the State of Oregon.

TAPE 47, A

005

Chair Starr

Closes the public hearing on SB 746. Opens a public hearing on SB 727.

SB 727 – PUBLIC HEARING

010

Chair Starr

Explains the intent of SB 727. States he is the sponsor of the bill. Provides overview and shares history.

060

Chair Starr

Adds he is taking it off of the agenda. Expresses he deems it appropriate to drop the bill. Closes the public hearing on SB 727. Opens a public hearing on SB 389.

SB 389 – PUBLIC HEARING

075

Chair Starr

Explains the intent and the history of SB 389.

100

Patty O’Sullivan

Portland Public School District. Testifies in opposition of SB 389. States concern with the language in the bill. Specifies which sections.

110

O’Sullivan

Continues explaining the current process. Mentions that liability and funding are major concerns. Adds extensive record keeping would be needed.

125

O’Sullivan

Expresses an alternate solution. States the school district does provide education for children regarding stranger danger. Adds the sex offender by law cannot live or frequent areas such as near schools. States the responsibility should be on the sex offender, not the school district.

160

Chair Starr

States the specific situation which brought the issue forth. Explains a child’s bus stop was right in front of a sex offender’s home. Adds the parents didn’t feel the bus stop should be that close to a known sex offender.

190

O’Sullivan

Expresses surprise that the specific school district did nothing to assist the child.

195

Sen. Morrisette

States SB 389 is a permissive piece of legislation. Adds if a certain school district didn’t feel it was practicable, it isn’t mandatory.

210

John Marshall

Oregon School Board Association. Testifies in opposition of SB 389. States the need for further discussion before action is taken. Expresses it is possible to come to a resolution.

225

Marshall

Declares the bill is relatively permissive, due to the verbiage “practicable.” States concern if language was in statute, it may create liability issues if school districts didn’t take action in a timely manner.

350

Chair Starr

Suggests further discussion is needed on the issue. Closes the public hearing on SB 389. Adjourns the meeting at 3:55 p.m.

 

 

EXHIBIT SUMMARY

 

A – SB 738, written testimony, Ron Dexter, 2 pp

B – SB 746, written testimony, Ron Dexter, 1 p