SENATE COMMITTEE ON EDUCATION AND WORKFORCE

 

 

January 26, 2005                                                                                                     Hearing Room D

3:00 P.M.                                                                                                                      Tapes  9 – 11

                                                                                                                           (Corrected 4-21-05)

 

MEMBERS PRESENT:         Sen. Vicki Walker, Chair

Sen. Charles Starr, Vice-Chair

Sen. Jeff Kruse

Sen. Bill Morrisette

 

MEMBER EXCUSED:          Sen. Ryan Deckert

 

STAFF PRESENT:                 Marjorie Taylor, Committee Administrator

Dawn Tuso, Committee Assistant

 

MEASURES/ISSUES HEARD:        

                                                Introduction of Committee Measures – Work Session

                                                Oregon Small Schools Initiative – Informational Meeting                                                                Youth Suicide Prevention – Informational Meeting

 

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 9, A

 

005

Chair Walker

Calls meeting to order at 3:07 p.m.

 

010

Chair Walker

Opens a work session on LC 985 and LC 1292.

 

INTRODUCTION OF MEASURES - WORK SESSION

 

015

Chair Walker

Introduces LC 985 (EXHIBIT A) andLC 1292 (EXHIBIT B) as committee bills.  Gives overview of the bills.

LC 985:

  • Directs State Board of Education to enter order to remove large school districts from education service districts. Directs state board to enter order to merge remaining areas of education service districts so that no more than eight education service districts exist. Prohibits education service districts from incurring bonded indebtedness.

LC 1292:

  • Allows school districts to offer half-day or full-day kindergarten. Provides for apportionment from State School Fund for full-day kindergarten.

 

035

Chair Walker

Announces that the committee will not be meeting on Wednesday February 9th. Announces that the committee will be having an out of office meeting at the Douglas ESD Office in Roseburg on February 11th.

 

045

Sen. Kruse

Expresses that LC 985 might need a workgroup. States that a lot of players need to be involved in order to move forward with it.

 

050

Sen. Morrisette

States that he will not support LC 985. Contends that he is opposed to it. States that he would like to have the workgroup before the bill is introduced.

 

060

Chair Walker

States that she wants to get the LC drafts on the table so that they can start a discussion. States that  LC 985 relates to Education Service Districts and that the bill does not have to remain in its present form.

 

065

Sen. Morrisette

States that, as a courtesy, he will support LC 985 as a committee bill but that he will oppose it all the way.

 

070

Sen. C. Starr

MOTION:  Moves LC's:  985, 1292 BE INTRODUCED as committee bills.

 

075

Chair Walker

Asks if there is any objection.

 

080

Sen. Kruse

Comments that the LC drafts are not finished products. Reports a personal interest in a workgroup product for LC 985.

 

080

 

VOTE:  4-0-1

EXCUSED:  1 - Sen. Ryan Deckert

 

 

Chair Walker

Hearing no objection, declares the motion CARRIED.

 

085

Sen. Morrisette

Comments on LC 1292. States that he is interested in a half-day kindergarten.

 

095

Chair Walker

Responds.

 

100

Sen. C. Starr

Comments on the issue of kindergarten. States that the children who most need pre-school and kindergarten are the ones who are least likely to voluntarily show up. States that requiring kindergarten for a child who is being properly trained at home is a waste of public funds.

 

120

Sen. Morrisette

Responds.

 

125

Sen. Kruse

Comments that moving toward a full-day kindergarten at the same time as proposing cuts to the Head Start program could be problematic.

 

130

Chair Walker

Opens informational meeting on the Oregon Small Schools Initiative Overview. Introduces Karen Phillips, Director.

 

OREGON SMALL SCHOOLS INITIATIVE - INFORMATIONAL MEETING

 

135

Karen Phillips

Director, Oregon Small Schools Initiative.  Introduces herself. Introduces the Oregon Small Schools Initiative program. Submits and gives overview of the initiative (EXHIBIT C).

Discusses mission:

  • Create high achieving equitable small high schools

Discusses goals:

  • Close the achievement gap
  • Increase graduation rate
  • Increase number of students ready for postsecondary education

Discusses schools that work:

·         International High School

·         Urban Academy

 

215

Sen. Morrisette

Asks where the urban academies are located.

 

220

Phillips

Replies that they are in New York City.

 

225

Sen. Morrisette

States interest in the development of the idea of an Urban Academy.

 

230

Phillips

States that the Urban Academy is a public school, not a charter school.

 

235

Sen. Kruse

Asks if the Urban Academy is a small school inside a big school.

 

240

Phillips

Replies, yes.

 

265

Phillips

Discusses the value of small schools:

  • Higher student achievement and test scores
  • More students graduate; more go to college
  • Less violence
  • Conditions better support student learning and teacher development
  • Parents and community more satisfied
  • Costs per graduate are less

 

290

Sen. Morrisette

Comments that it would be interesting to hear about the experiences of Jefferson High School and Marshall High School since they have re-structured this year.

 

295

Phillips

Encourages the committee to look at any of the three large high schools in Oregon that have re-structured:

  • Roosevelt High School
  • Jefferson High School
  • Marshall High School

 

305

Phillips

Discusses poverty and achievement and school size:

  • Small schools negate the effects of poverty better than large schools.

States that small in itself is not enough. States that small creates the conditions for better learning. Explains in detail:

  • Small is necessary but not sufficient for educating all students to high standards
  • Small facilitates rigorous and relevant learning environments
  • Small supports the development of meaningful relationships among students, educators, parents, and the community

 

415

Phillips

Discusses high-achieving schools:

Attributes:

  • Common focus
  • Personalized
  • High expectations
  • Environment of respect and responsibility
  • Time to collaborate
  • Performance based
  • Technology as a tool

Teaching and Learning Practices:

  • Active inquiry
  • In-depth learning
  • Performance assessment

 

TAPE 10, A

 

010

Sen. Morrisette

Asks about parental involvement in relation to admittance to one of the schools.

 

 

015

Phillips

Answers that parental involvement is important.

 

 

020

Sen. Morrisette

Asks if parental involvement is a condition of admittance.

 

 

020

Phillips

Answers, no.

 

 

025

Sen. Kruse

Asks if parental involvement is something that happens naturally once a child is in the program.

 

 

030

Phillips

Replies that parental involvement has intentionally grown because of the school and the program.  

 

 

035

Sen. Kruse

Discusses common belief that there is more parental involvement in affluent communities and less in poor communities. States that the findings from the small schools model seem to be contrary to that belief.

 

040

Phillips

Replies.

 

 

050

Phillips

Continues to give presentation. Discusses research implications.

More attributes in place leads to:

  • More reform-like teaching
  • Multi-disciplinary instruction
  • Project-based learning
  • Mentors and internships
  • Change in student attitudes
  • More interested
  • More persistent
  • Stronger academic self-concept

 

 

085

Phillips

Discusses small school models.

  • Academic
  • Thematic
  • Student-centered

Explains in detail.

 

 

110

Sen. Morrisette

Asks what term they use for teacher.

 

 

115

Phillips

Answers,  teacher advisor.

 

 

120

Sen. Morrisette

States that the advisor is a good term to use.

 

 

125

Sen. C. Starr

Asks question regarding the International School.

 

 

125

Phillips

Replies, yes. Clarifies.

 

 

130

Phillips

Introduces strategies:

  • Reconfigure existing large high schools into multiple small schools
  • Create new, innovative small high schools
  • Be a catalyst to transform teaching and learning, schools structure and educational policy in Oregon

 

 

140

Phillips

Mentions eight current schools that are working with the Oregon Small Schools Initiative:

  • Lebanon High School
  • Liberty High School
  • Marshall High School
  • Newburg High School
  • North Eugene High School
  • North Medford High School
  • South Medford High School
  • Woodburn High School

Talks about Liberty High School in Hillsboro.

 

 

155

Sen. Morrisette

Asks whether or not Springfield has selected a school to take part in the program.

 

 

160

Phillips

States that they will be working with 12 new schools that have not been created yet. States that  Springfield is one of them. Explains.

 

 

170

Phillips

Reports that by September of this year,  there will be 24 schools in Oregon working with the initiative.

 

 

180

Phillips

Describes the criteria for participation:

  • Conversions: greater than 700
  • New innovative school: less than 400
  • Significant low-income and/or minority
  • Readiness to change
  • Commitment to small school strategy and helping all students achieve at high levels

 

 

190

Phillips

Gives an overview of the number of schools in Oregon currently.

 

 

200

Phillips

Mentions program benefits for the schools:

  • Funding

 

 

210

Sen. Morrisette

Recommends looking at the Ontario School District. States that he visited a charter school there and was impressed with the work that they are doing.

 

 

220

Phillips

Continues to address the program benefits:

  • Technical Assistance
  • Workshops
  • Conferences
  • Seminars
  • Coaching
  • Professional development
  • Design and curriculum development
  • Networking

 

 

235

Phillips

Talks about two schools that have made the change:

  • Marshall High School
  • Liberty High School

Explains in detail.

 

 

255

Phillips

Discusses the challenges:

  • Advanced classes are a hard sell in Oregon
  • Belief that all students can achieve at high levels
  • Belief that all students should achieve at high levels

 

 

295

Phillips

Discusses Oregonian’s belief split.

Most important priority:

  • 42% ready to go to college
  • 33% ready to enter workforce

Standards are set:

  • 5%/48% too high/about right
  • 41% too low

 

 

330

Sen. C. Starr

States that our graduation requirements are too low.

 

 

335

Phillips

Agrees that our requirements are too low.  Explains.

 

 

345

Phillips

Discusses Diploma requirements:

  • 22 credits
  • Education plan and profile
  • Extended application
  • Career-related knowledge and skills
  • Career-related learning experiences

 

 

355

Chair Walker

Asks if the number of credits required have ever been higher.

 

 

365

Phillips

Replies that Oregon has never had a higher number of requirements. States that they used to be lower. Explains.

 

 

380

Chair Walker

Asks where Oregon is nationally in terms of graduation requirements.

 

 

385

Phillips

Answers, Oregon is low to mid.

 

 

400

Sen. Morrisette

Mentions foreign language requirements. States that it is not easy to add more curriculum to a high school.

 

 

415

Phillips

Responds.

 

 

TAPE 9, B

 

005

Sen. C. Starr

Comments that many high schools in Oregon  have set higher graduation requirements.  States that we should have at least three credits in Math and Science and four in language arts as a minimum.

 

 

010

Phillips

Agrees. Explains in detail.

 

 

035

Phillips

Continues to discuss graduation requirements.

 

 

060

Chair Walker

Asks if a student must apply to one of the small schools and if so, what the process is.

 

 

070

Phillips

Replies, yes. Explains process.

 

 

075

Sen. Kruse

Suggests looking at rural parts of the state.

 

 

085

Phillips

Responds.

 

 

100

Chair Walker

Closes segment. Opens segment on Youth Suicide Prevention. Stands at ease while setting up presentation equipment.

 

 

YOUTH SUICIDE PREVENTION - INFORMATIONAL MEETING

105

Chair Walker

Introduces Lisa Millet.

 

 

110

Lisa Millet

Manager, Injury and Violence Prevention, DHS. Introduces herself. Discusses school-based suicide prevention in Oregon. Submits informational packet (EXHIBIT D). Gives overview of presentation:

  • Magnitude and scope
  • School based efforts-focus on SAFE: TEEN

 

 

140

Millet

Discusses:

  • Suicide rates per 100,000 among youth aged 10-24 in Oregon and the US, 1990-2001
  • Suicide death rates
  • Suicide attempts among youth aged 10-17 treated in emergency rooms, Oregon, 2003
  • Psychological conditions identified among youth treated for suicide attempts in emergency rooms, Oregon, 2003

 

 

175

Sen. Kruse

Asks if there are statistics that tie suicide attempts with drug use either with the youth or with the family.

 

 

180

Millet

Replies that they think as many as 25 % have been using when they attempt.

 

 

185

Sen. Kruse

States that family drug history would probably be relatively prevalent in looking at youth suicide attempts.

 

 

190

Millet

Agrees and explains in detail. Discusses risk factors.

 

 

205

Sen. Morrisette

Mentions a bill that addresses universities and their struggle with suicide. Asks if they are working with universities on the issue of suicide.

 

 

215

Millet

Discusses efforts.

 

 

235

Millet

Continues to discuss presentation:

  • Who did youth tell prior to a suicide attempt, Oregon youth aged 10-17 treated in emergency rooms, 2003
  • Percentage of self-reported risk behavior among 8th graders by gender, Oregon, 2003
  • Percentage of self-reported risk behavior among 11th graders by gender, Oregon, 2003

History of suicide prevention efforts in Oregon:

  • Adolescent suicide attempts data system
  • Governors task force
  • Suicide prevention coordinator
  • Building state plan
  • State agency team for suicide prevention
  • Working with state agencies, non governmental organizations, and local groups to implement strategies in the plan

 

 

325

Millet

Prevention Plan

  • 15 strategies
  • Communities are encouraged to adopt a multifaceted approach

 

 

335

Millet

School based efforts:

  • SAFE:TEEN
  • We Care
  • Jason Foundation Curriculum
  • Red Flags
  • School-Based health centers
  • Reconnecting youth
  • Connecting youth
  • Columbia teen screen

 

 

375

Millet

SAFE:TEEN

  • Why SAFE:TEEN
  • History of SAFE:TEEN collaboration
  • Training implemented

 

 

TAPE 10, B

005

Millet

SAFE:TEEN at a glance:

  • Develop support from superintendent and principal
  • Develop written policies and procedures
  • Facilitate collaboration between school and community care-givers
  • Train every member of school staff
  • Educate parents to take talk of suicide seriously and how to respond effectively to depression
  • Train all students

 

 

020

Sen. Morrisette

Asks about the safe school hotline.

 

 

025

Millet

Replies, yes. Explains.

 

 

030

Sen. Kruse

Asks for clarification in regards to training all students.

 

 

035

Millet

Clarifies.

 

 

050

Millet

Shares a short video on teen suicide.

 

 

075

Sen. Morrisette

Asks how long the complete video tape is.

 

 

077

Millet

Answers.

 

 

080

Chair Walker

Recognizes Donna Noonan, Suicide Prevention Coordinator for Oregon.

 

 

085

Donna Noonan

Suicide Prevention Coordinator for Oregon. Introduces herself.

 

 

095

Millet

Continues to discuss SAFE:TEEN implementation:

  • 23 Schools and 16 school districts involved in implementation of SAFE:TEEN
  • In Lane County

SAFE:TEEN Outcomes:

  • Evaluation in Lane County

Mentions resources in Oregon.

 

 

145

Sen. Morrisette

States that he would like to see the complete video.

 

 

145

Millet

Responds that she will make the video available.

 

 

160

Tom Eversol

Public Health Administrator, Benton County. Introduces himself.

 

 

163

Mitch Anderson

Mental Health Director, Benton County Health Department. Introduces himself.

 

 

165

Michael Cunningham

Willamette ESD. Introduces himself.

 

 

170

Eversol

Discusses services offered.

 

 

200

Anderson

Introduces the ASSIST program. Mentions that it is a strength based model.

 

 

235

Chair Walker

Asks how many members of the ASSIST team work with an individual family.

 

 

235

Anderson

Replies that it depends on the situation.

 

 

250

Anderson

Continues to discuss the ASSIST program. Discusses the emergency room’s involvement with the program.

 

 

270

Chair Walker

Asks if it is a new program.

 

 

275

Anderson

Replies, yes it is a pilot project that is just starting.

 

 

280

Sen. Kruse

Asks how information can be passed from the emergency room staff to the ASSIST program staff without breaching confidentiality.

 

 

285

Anderson

Explains that the emergency room staff would get the consent of the family.

 

 

295

Anderson

Continues to discuss the program.

 

 

315

Sen. Kruse

States that the ASSIST Program model seems similar to that of wrap around services.

 

 

315

Chair Walker

Asks if the ASSIST program was the soul purpose of the Bond Measure.

 

 

320

Anderson

Responds.

 

 

330

Michael Cunningham

Willamette ESD. Introduces himself and submits informational packet (EXHIBIT E).

Discusses:

  • The magnitude of the problem in Marion and Polk County
  • The Marion and Polk County school-based suicide intervention process
  • Wallet cards
  • Brochure
  • Youth suicide posters

 

 

TAPE 11, A

005

Cunningham

Discusses data from Salem-Keizer School District.

 

 

030

Sen. Kruse

Expresses interest in seeing the screen that is used for the assessment.

 

 

040

Cunningham

Replies that he could provide the full screen.

 

 

045

Sen. Morrisette

Asks if the schools in his district could provide the service for themselves. Asks if he believes that it is an essential service.

 

 

045

Cunningham

Responds, yes it is an essential service.

 

 

068

Sen. C. Starr

Inquires about a statistic discrepancy.

 

 

070

Cunningham

Explains.

 

 

080

Chair Walker

Closes informational meeting. Adjourns meeting at 5:10 p.m.

 

 

 

 

EXHIBIT SUMMARY

 

  1. Introductions, LC 985, Staff, 35 pp
  2. Introductions, LC 1292, Staff, 9 pp
  3. Oregon Small Schools Initiative, Informational Packet, Karen Phillips, 20 pp
  4. Youth Suicide Prevention, Informational Packet, Lisa Millet, 28 pp
  5. Youth Suicide Prevention, Informational Packet, Michael Cunningham, 10 pp