INFORMATIONAL MEETING

 

TAPES 32-33, A-B

 

SENATE REVENUE COMMITTEE

FEBRUARY 17, 2003 1:00 PM STATE CAPITOL BUILDING

 

Members Present: Senator Ted Ferrioli, Vice Chair

Senator Tony Corcoran

Senator Charlie Ringo

 

Members Excused: Senator Ryan Deckert, Chair

Senator Lenn Hannon

Senator Bruce Starr

 

Invited Witnesses Present: Steve Johnson, Office of Special Education, Oregon Dept. of Education

Brian Reeder, Oregon Department of Education

Representative Hopson, District 22

Carolyn Ortman, Hillsboro School District

Maureen Casey, Special Education Program Director

Ozzie Rose, Confederation of Oregon School Administrators

 

Staff Present: Paul Warner, Legislative Revenue Office

Steve Meyer, Legislative Revenue Office

Tara Lantz, Committee Assistant

 

TAPE 32, SIDE A

 

003

Vice-chair Ferrioli

Calls meeting to order at 1:10 pm as subcommittee.

 

012

Brian Reeder

Describes the objectives of the study on small schools performed by the Department of Education School Finance, Data, and Analysis Office at the charge of the 2001 legislature. Exhibit 1.

 

 

 

055

Reeder

Discusses the study approach.

 

 

 

086

Reeder

Compares teacher and student costs of small and large schools.

 

 

 

141

Reeder

Discusses benefits of large v. small schools.

 

 

 

153

Reeder

Discusses the small school correction.

 

 

 

178

Reeder

Discusses transportation costs.

 

 

 

194

Sen. Ferrioli

Asks about differences in transportation costs for high density areas.

 

Discussion follows.

 

 

 

243

Reeder

Discusses cost variables by district size.

 

 

 

286

Reeder

Recommends developing strategies to use ESDs as resources for small schools.

 

 

 

325

Reeder

Recommends developing separate adjustments for size vs. transportation costs.

 

 

 

329

Reeder

Recommends incorporating these suggestions into the quality education model.

 

 

 

341

Reeder

Recommends looking at the weights in the current formula.

 

 

 

358

Sen. Corcoran

Asks about consolidation of districts.

 

Discussion follows.

 

 

 

400

Sen. Ferrioli

Asks about a 4-day school week.

 

Discussion follows.

 

TAPE 33, SIDE A

 

065

Reeder

Revisits the objective of the study.

 

 

 

099

Sen. Ferrioli

Asks about diminishing returns in larger schools.

 

Discussion follows.

 

 

 

128

Reeder

Describes the objective of the study on ESDs and School District Services in Oregon performed by the Oregon Department of Education School Finance, Data, and Analysis Office at the charge of the 2001 legislature. Exhibit 2.

 

 

 

147

Reeder

Discusses the study approach.

 

 

 

204

Reeder

Discusses results of study in terms of per student spending.

 

 

 

233

Reeder

States that ESD spending has not been equalized from Measure 5 and that the formula is intended to phase in equalization.

 

 

 

267

Reeder

Recommends that if the weights do not move toward equalization, they should be revisited.

 

 

 

278

Reeder

Discusses spending in special education districts.

 

 

 

316

Sen. Ferrioli

Discusses his understanding of the reports and stresses their importance.

 

 

 

394

Sen. Ferrioli

Accepts the small school and ESD reports on behalf of the committee, which meet the requirements of SB 519 and SB 260 (2001 Regular Legislative Session).

 

TAPE 32, SIDE B

 

022

Rep. Hopson

Introduces the Special Education Task Force Report (Exhibit 3) and discusses the legislative charge to the Special Education Task Force.

 

 

 

052

Rep. Hopson

Discusses the guiding vision for the work of the task force.

 

 

 

101

Carolyn Ortman

Makes recommendations on instruction and service delivery.

 

 

 

134

Ortman

Makes recommendations on performance standards, expectations, and accountability.

 

 

 

160

Ortman

Makes recommendations on qualified personnel.

 

 

 

205

Maureen Casey

Summarizes work of the funding subcommittee.

 

 

 

232

Casey

Discusses finding that the statewide average incidence rate has increased since the early 1990s.

 

 

 

287

Casey

Discusses finding that special education expenditures in Oregon exceed available revenue sources.

 

 

 

301

Casey

Discusses finding that the proportion of students with high needs who receive high-cost services in a district is directly related to the amount of funds a district spends for special education.

 

 

 

325

Casey

Discusses finding of cost shifting.

 

 

 

346

Casey

Discusses finding that changing demographics indicate increases in cultural and linguistic diversity of special education students and their families.

 

 

 

369

Casey

Recommends developing a two-tiered distribution formula with a 13 percent cap that would provide a higher weight to serve students with high-need services.

 

 

 

418

Sen. Corcoran

Asks about recommendation of raising the percentage caps.

 

Discussion follows.

 

 

 

 

TAPE 33, SIDE B

 

017

Sen. Corcoran

States that the recommendation to eliminate cost shifting of health-based and other support services is impossible with the current budget shortfall and shrinking human services.

 

 

 

042

Sen. Ferrioli

States that it is important to recognize that cost shifting is placing a heavy burden on the school and that the objective of the study was to recognize this.

 

Discussion follows.

 

 

 

095

Casey

Recommends that the members lobby Congress to fully fund the Federal share of Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).

 

 

 

103

Casey

Recommends maintaining a special purpose fund targeted to protect districts from high-cost services that the formula does not address.

 

 

 

125

Casey

Reviews recommendations regarding changes to the funding formula.

 

 

 

186

Casey

Recommends early intervention services.

 

Discussion follows.

 

 

 

203

Sen. Ferrioli

Accepts report from the Task Force and ask that the committee keep them on the table.

 

 

 

221

Steve Johnson

Thanks members of the Task Force and discusses the recommendations that the Department of Education is working towards.

 

 

 

279

Sen. Corcoran

Asks about the incidence of autism.

 

Discussion follows.

 

 

 

327

Ozzie Rose

Comments on the studies on small schools and on special education and states that now that there is better data out there the funding formula should be looked at to target the funds better.

 

 

 

379

Sen. Corcoran

Asks about consolidation of school districts.

 

Discussion follows.

 

 

 

431

Sen. Ferrioli

Agrees with Rose on the point that there is a need to better match resources with needs.

 

 

 

484

Sen. Ferrioli

Adjourns meeting at 3:01pm.

 

 

 

 

 

Tape Log Submitted by,

 

 

 

Tara Lantz, Committee Assistant Reviewed by Kim Taylor James

 

Exhibit Summary:

1.      Brian Reeder, The Costs of Operating Small Schools in Oregon, 37pp.

2.      Brian Reeder, An Evaluation of Education Service Districts and School District Services in Oregon, 97pp.

3.      Rep. Hopson, A Report to the Oregon Legislature from the Oregon Legislative Special Education Task Force, 103pp.