SENATE COMMITTEE ON EDUCATION AND WORKFORCE

 

 

January 24, 2005                                                                                                     Hearing Room D

3:00 P.M.                                                                                                                        Tapes  7 – 8

                                                                                                                            Corrected 10/19/05

 

MEMBERS PRESENT:         Sen. Vicki Walker, Chair

Sen. Charles Starr, Vice-Chair

Sen. Ryan Deckert

Sen. Jeff Kruse

Sen. Bill Morrisette

 

STAFF PRESENT:                 Marjorie Taylor, Committee Administrator

Dawn Tuso, Committee Assistant

 

MEASURES/ISSUES HEARD:

                                                Teacher Standards and Practices Commission – Informational

                                                Meeting

                                                SB 46 – Public Hearing and Work Session

                                                SB 47 - Public Hearing and Work Session

                                                SB 48 - Public Hearing          

                                                SB 49 - Public Hearing and Work Session

                                                SB 50 - Public Hearing

                                                SB 51 - Public Hearing

                                                SB 52 - 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 7, A

005

Chair Walker

Calls meeting to order at 3:06 p.m.

015

Chair Walker

Introduces a letter submitted  by Sen. Walker that was sent to Vickie Chamberlain, Executive Director of the Teacher Standards and Practices Commission. Gives explanation of the letter in detail (EXHIBIT A).

TEACHER STANDARDS AND PRACTICES COMMISSION - INFORMATIONAL MEETING

040

Chair Walker

Opens informational meeting on the Teacher Standards and Practices Commission overview. Introduces Vickie Chamberlain, Executive Director.

045

Vickie Chamberlain

Executive Director, Teacher Standards and Practices Commission. Introduces herself and submits testimony (EXHIBIT B). Gives an overview of the commission:

  • What is the TSPC
  • Size and makeup of the commission
  • Funding
  • Statutory duties
  • Commission agency staff
  • 2004 licensed educators
  • 2003-2004 workload statistics

140

Chair Walker

Asks what the nature of the inquiries are and who the phone calls are from.

145

Chamberlain

Explains.

175

Chamberlain

Mentions that anyone can look up an active educator and find out what their license is on the TSPC website.

185

Chair Walker

Asks if personal information is available to the general public as well.

190

Chamberlain

Answers, no. Explains.

195

Chamberlain

Continues to give overview:

  • Teacher shortages
  • Teacher education programs

260

Sen. C. Starr

Comments that he is pleased to see that the teachers must demonstrate competency in Reading. Asks if it includes retraining of teachers.

270

Chamberlain

Answers and explains in detail. 

320

Chamberlain

Comments that the standards for Math and Reading have been increased.

330

Chamberlain

Continues to give overview:

  • Teacher quality accountability

355

Chair Walker

Inquires about uniform student standards. Asks if it is something that she would like to see the Federal Government impose or if she likes each state having the ability to individualize their own plans and testing procedures.

365

Chamberlain

Responds that she believes in state sovereignty for education.   

385

Chamberlain

Discusses partnerships.

400

Chair Walker

Asks if the commission has jurisdiction over teachers in private schools.

410

Chamberlain

Answers, no. Explains.

TAPE 8, A

005

Chair Walker

Asks what the commission has been doing in regards to cultural competency and closing the achievement gap.

010

Chamberlain

Explains in detail.

040

Chamberlain

Gives a report on the Continuing Teaching License.

070

Chair Walker

Asks about past teacher mentoring legislation.

075

Chamberlain

Replies that it did not receive funding and has not been implemented.

080

Chamberlain

Reports that mentorship programs save our teachers in the first five years.

105

Chamberlain

Discusses what the commission does in the discipline arena. Mentions the list comprised of the public orders entered against educators. States that the statutes require that the list be published annually. Sates that the list goes out nationally.

135

Chair Walker

Asks if the violations have to occur while a person is on duty as a teacher.

140

Chamberlain

Replies, not exactly. Explains.

150

Chamberlain

Discusses the procedural rules for disciplinary action. Introduces the TSPC Governing Discipline Statutes. Explains confidentiality regulations.  

175

Chair Walker

Asks, when a complaint has been processed and adjudicated and perhaps someone is found guilty of something that would result in discipline, does that file become public in any way or is it still confidential.

180

Vickie Chamberlain

Replies that the file never becomes public but that the charges, facts behind the charges, and the disciplinary actions become public.

190

Chair Walker

Asserts that the file could contain personal information about witnesses, names of children, etc. and that it would be very important to keep that information confidential as well.

195

Chamberlain

Responds, yes.

215

Chamberlain

Continues to explain the procedural rules for disciplinary action.

240

Chair Walker

Asks, when an educator is charged with a violation of the standards and conduct of the rules, does that person provide his/her own attorney or is one provided for that person.

250

Chamberlain

Replies that it depends on the relationship with his/her union and that person’s employment. Explains.

265

Chamberlain

Discusses statute ORS 342.143: Insurance of teacher personnel service or administrative license and registration as charter school teacher. Explains in detail.

300

Chamberlain

Explains the commission’s process of handling complaints formally.

320

Chair Walker

Refers to the American system of justice where a person is innocent until proven guilty and states that it applies to teacher discipline actions as well.

325

Chamberlain

Replies, yes and affirms the importance of keeping information confidential.

340

Chamberlain

Discusses requirements on fingerprinting. Explains in detail.

400

Chamberlain

Introduces administrative rules and ethical standards. Discusses the mandatory reporting rules.

TAPE 7, B

005

Sen. Deckert

Comments on the mentoring statistic mentioned earlier. Supports the mentoring program.

020

Chamberlain

Replies and explains efforts. States that they have great research that proves that the mentor programs work.

SB 46, 47, 48, 49, 50, 51, 52 - PUBLIC HEARING

045

Chair Walker

Closes informational meeting. Opens public hearing on SB 46, SB 47, SB 48, SB 49, SB 50, SB 51, SB 52.

055

Vickie Chamberlain

Executive Director, Teacher Standards and Practices. Introduces herself. Testifies on the following bills. Gives a brief summary of the bills:

  • SB 46
  • SB 47
  • SB 48

160

Sen. Morrisette

Asks why the Teacher Standards and Practices Commission does not feel it necessary to discipline an educator who has given less than sixty days notice and if the commission feels that the districts should have some sort of protection against educators quitting their jobs without appropriate notice.

170

Chamberlain

Replies and explains in detail.

180

Chair Walker

Clarifies Vickie Chamberlain’s response.           

190

Chamberlain

Continues testimony and summary on bills:

  • SB 49
  • SB 50

225

Chair Walker

Asks if the bill is needed for the commission to move forward on the issue.

230

Chamberlain

Replies that it is not needed to move forward on the issue.

235

Chamberlain

Continues testimony and summary on bills:

  • SB 51
  • SB 52

310

Chair Walker

Introduces public testimony on SB 48.  

320

BethAnne Darby

Oregon Education Association. Introduces herself. Testifies in support of SB 48. Explains.

335

Chair Walker

Introduces public testimony on SB 49.

340

Bill Beck

Director, Professional Development for Confederation of Oregon School Administrators. Introduces himself. Testifies in support of senate bill 49.

350

BethAnne Darby

Oregon Education Association. Introduces herself. Testifies in support of SB 49.

365

Chair Walker

States that the committee has been informed that SB 49 needs to go to ways and means and asks Vickie Chamberlain if she has any objection.

370

Vickie Chamberlain

Responds, no objection.

375

BethAnne Darby

Oregon Education Association. Introduces herself. Testifies in support of SB 50. Explains.

385

Bill Beck

Director, Professional Development for Confederation of Oregon School Administrators. Introduces himself. Testifies in support of SB 50. Explains.

410

Sen. Deckert

Asks how being able to pass a civil rights test would make a person a more culturally competent educator.

TAPE 8, B

005

Darby

Clarifies what the bill does.

015

Sen. Deckert

Asks for an example of a local culturally competent program.

020

Beck

Responds.

040

Chair Walker

Introduces public testimony on SB 52.

045

Jim Green

Oregon School Boards Association. Introduces himself.  Testifies in opposition of SB 52. Explains in detail. States that he is willing to work on amendments for the bill.

070

Chair Walker

Asks for clarification regarding  whether or not it is required under the statute to report an educator who has given less than sixty days notice.

075

Green

Responds, that the district does not need to report the educator to TSPC.

090

BethAnne Darby

Oregon Education Association. Introduces herself. Testifies in support of SB 52 as drafted and states that she is also willing to work on amendments.

095

Bill Beck

Director, Professional Development for Confederation of Oregon School Administrators. Introduces himself. Testifies in opposition of SB 52. Explains.

105

Chair Walker

Asks if he would object to an educators’ name not going on the national disciplinary list.

107

Beck

Replies, no.

110

Sen. Morrisette

Recommends that if SB 52 is going to be modified, that SB 48 should also be modified so that if an educator does leave in violation of a contract that is not amenable to the district, the educators name is put on the list.

120

Green

States that he is willing to work on amendments.

130

Chair Walker

Announces that there will not be a work session on SB 48 in committee today.

SB 46 - WORK SESSION

135

Chair Walker

Closes public hearing on senate bills. Opens work session on SB 46.

140

Sen. C. Starr

MOTION:  Moves SB 46 to the floor with a DO PASS recommendation.

 

 

VOTE:  5-0-0

 

Chair Walker

Hearing no objection, declares the motion CARRIED.

SEN. KRUSE will lead discussion on the floor.

150

Chair Walker

Closes work session on SB 46. Opens work session on SB 47.

SB 47 - WORK SESSION

155

Sen. C. Starr

MOTION:  Moves SB 47 to the floor with a DO PASS recommendation.

 

 

VOTE:  5-0-0

 

Chair Walker

Hearing no objection, declares the motion CARRIED.

SEN. DECKERT will lead discussion on the floor.

160

Chair Walker

Closes work session on SB 47. Opens work session on SB 49.

SB 49 - WORK SESSION

165

Sen. C. Starr

MOTION:  Moves SB 49 to the floor with a DO PASS recommendation and BE REFERRED to the committee on Ways and Means.

 

 

VOTE:  5-0-0

 

Chair Walker

Hearing no objection, declares the motion CARRIED.

170

Chair Walker

Closes the work session. Adjourns the meeting at 4:45 PM.

 

EXHIBIT SUMMARY

 

  1. Teacher Standards and Practices Commission, Letter to Vickie Chamberlain, Sen. Vicki Walker, 14 pp
  2. Teacher Standards and Practices Commission, Informational Packet, Vickie Chamberlain, 35 pp