SENATE COMMITTEE ON EDUCATION AND WORKFORCE

 

April 25, 2005                                                                                                         Hearing Room D

3:00 P.M.                                                                                                                     Tapes  74 - 75

 

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:        

SB 765 – Work Session

HCR 1 A - Public Hearing and Work Session

SB 1039 - Public Hearing and Work Session

HB 2443 - Public Hearing and Work Session

SB 860 – 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 74, A

005

Chair Walker

Calls meeting to order at 3:09 p.m. and opens a work session on SB 765.

SB 765 – WORK SESSION

009

Marjorie Taylor

Committee Administrator. Gives overview of SB 765. Mentions -3 amendments (EXHIBIT A). Reports subsequent referral to Revenue.

014

Chair Walker

Comments on SB 765. Says that the committee wants to rescind the subsequent referral to Revenue and request that SB 765 be sent to Ways and Means.

018

Sen. Kruse

Discusses work group and SB 765. Says that some individuals still have concerns with SB 765. Talks about reason why SB 765 needs to go to Ways and Means. Explains why SB 765 does not need to go to Revenue. Talks about addressing concerns through attaching budget notes.

037

Chair Walker

Reads possible budget note language for SB 765.

047

Sen. Kruse

Suggests correction in budget note.

051

Sen. C. Starr

Asks if it would be a change in the designated name for the education service areas instead of districts.

054

Sen. Kruse

Explains that both names must be kept.

060

Sen. C. Starr

MOTION:  Moves to ADOPT SB 765-3 amendments dated 4/1/05.

063

Chair Walker

States that an email was sent out to members of the work group, asking them to respond to some of the concerns that were raised. Reports that the responses were reviewed by committee members and staff and that the decision was made not to change the amendments. Feels that the budget note will address the concern mentioned.

073

Sen. Morrisette

Comments on SB 765.

184

Chair Walker

Comments on the importance of the governance structure.

097

 

VOTE:  4-0-1

EXCUSED:  1 - Sen. Deckert

 

Chair Walker

Hearing no objection, declares the motion CARRIED.

098

Sen. C. Starr

MOTION:  Moves SB 765 to the floor with a DO PASS AS AMENDED recommendation and the SUBSEQUENT REFERRAL to the committee on Revenue BE RESCINDED and BE REFERRED to the committee on Ways and Means.

 

 

VOTE:  4-0-1

EXCUSED:  1 - Sen. Deckert

 

Chair Walker

Hearing no objection, declares the motion CARRIED.

107

Chair Walker

Closes work session and opens public hearing on HCR 1 A.

HCR 1 A – PUBLIC HEARING

114

Marjorie Taylor

Committee Administrator. Gives overview of HCR 1 A.

120

Rep. John Lim

Represents House District 50. Testifies in support of HCR 1 A.

158

Chair Walker

Comments on testimony.

160

Chair Walker

Closes public hearing and opens work session on HCR 1 A.

HCR 1 A – WORK SESSION

163

Sen. C. Starr

MOTION:  Moves HCR  1 A be sent to the floor with a BE ADOPTED recommendation.

 

 

VOTE:  3-0-2

EXCUSED:  2 - Sen. Deckert, Sen. Kruse

 

Chair Walker

Hearing no objection, declares the motion CARRIED.

SEN. C. STARR will lead discussion on the floor.

173

Chair Walker

Closes work session and opens public hearing on SB 1039.

SB 1039 – PUBLIC HEARING

174

Marjorie Taylor

Committee Administrator. Gives overview of SB 1039.

183

Pete Shephard

Deputy Attorney General. Testifies in support of SB 1039.

216

Alan Contreras

Administrator of the Office of Degree Authorization. Testifies in support of SB 1039. Submits written testimony (EXHIBIT B). Mentions possible amendments once SB 1039 reaches the House side.

227

George Okulitch

Kennedy Western University. Testifies in support of SB 1039. Submits written testimony (EXHIBIT C).

241

Andrea Henderson

Executive Director, Oregon Community College Association. Testifies on SB 1039. Mentions amendments that will be addressed when SB 1039 moves to the House.

258

Chair Walker

Closes public hearing and opens work session on SB 1039.

SB 1039 – WORK SESSION

259

Sen. C. Starr

MOTION:  Moves SB  1039 to the floor with a DO PASS recommendation.

 

 

VOTE:  3-0-2

EXCUSED:  2 - Sen. Deckert, Sen. Kruse

 

Chair Walker

Hearing no objection, declares the motion CARRIED.

SEN. MORRISETTE will lead discussion on the floor.

270

Chair Walker

Closes work session and opens public hearing on HB 2443.

HB 2443 – PUBLIC HEARING

277

Marjorie Taylor

Committee Administrator. Gives overview of HB 2443. Mentions -1 amendments (EXHIBIT D).

288

John Marshall

Oregon School Boards Association. Testifies in support of HB 2443.

333

Sen. Morrisette

Comments that he was looking for loop holes that would allow others to serve but that substitute bus driver is pretty specific.

337

Marshall

Replies that it is specific and that it only applies to the smallest school districts.

344

Sen. Morrisette

Comments on the limitation of the size of the school district.

353

Chair Walker

Closes public hearing and opens work session on HB 2443.

HB 2443 – WORK SESSION

356

Sen. C. Starr

MOTION:  Moves to ADOPT HB 2443-1 amendments dated 4/21/05.

 

 

VOTE:  3-0-2

EXCUSED:  2 - Sen. Deckert, Sen. Kruse

 

Chair Walker

Hearing no objection, declares the motion CARRIED.

361

Sen. C. Starr

MOTION:  Moves HB 2443 to the floor with a DO PASS AS AMENDED recommendation.

 

 

VOTE:  3-0-2

EXCUSED:  2 - Sen. Deckert, Sen. Kruse

 

Chair Walker

Hearing no objection, declares the motion CARRIED.

SEN. WALKER will lead discussion on the floor.

366

Chair Walker

Closes work session and opens public hearing on SB 860.

SB 860 – PUBLIC HEARING

377

Chair Walker

Talks about SB 860. Says that SB 860 doess not have the support of the committee in its current form but that she has been working to come up with an amendment.

TAPE 75, A

001

Jenny Sumner

Student, Springfield High School. Introduces herself and submits report for the record (EXHIBIT E).

002

Leanne Leighton

Student, Springfield High School. Introduces herself.

003

Ken Johnston

Teacher, Springfield High School. Introduces himself.

006

Leighton

Talks about Distributive Education Clubs of America (DECA).  

010

Sumner

Talks about DECA.

013

Chair Walker

Asks if they have to choose a yearly project to work on each year.

015

Leighton

Explains.

033

Leighton & Sumner

Gives overview of the DECA project.

098

Leighton

Presents conclusions.

100

Sen. Morrisette

Asks if they asked what kinds of soda the students were drinking.

102

Leighton

Replies no.

103

Leighton & Sumner

Continues conclusions.

129

Sen. Morrisette

Comments on the study.  Asks if they did any outside consulting.

149

Leighton

Explains that they talked to a pediatrician who said that it would be unhealthy to consume more than one twelve ounce soda per day.

153

Sen. Morrisette

Congratulates the students on their project.

157

Chair Walker

Asks if the pediatrician distinguished between diet and regular soda when they recommended no more than twelve ounces per day.

160

Sumner

Replies that there was not a distinction made.

166

Sen. C. Starr

Says he is intrigued by their work and supports these types of organizations in the public school system.

170

Chair Walker

Asks if they get any financial support from the state or the school or if it is all privately funded.

172

Johnston

Says that it is mostly privately funded but that the student leadership center is funded by the state.

174

Chair Walker

Asks Sumner and Leighton if they have seen the movie Super Size Me.

177

Leighton

Explains that they watched it in their Economics class.

182

Chair Walker

Talks about the movie.

196

Sen. Morrisette

Asks what grade the students are in.

197

Leighton

Replies that they are both Seniors.

198

Sen. Morrisette

Asks how long Johnston has been with Springfield High School.

200

Johnston

Replies 28 years.

212

Kari McFarlan

Community Health Partnerships. Testifies on SB 860. Talks about seven middle schools in Portland. Reports on the types of food and beverages found in the schools. Says that the situation varies depending on the local control issue. Believes that local control works where there is a good policy.  Says there is a district policy in Portland that does not allow soda or candy. Says there were four snack machines out of the seven schools. Says there were sixteen beverage machines found. Says the majority of the slots were devoted to water, the second being 100% fruit juice, and a few of the slots were devoted to a fruit cocktail.

251

Molly Haynes

Registered Dietician. Testifies on SB 860. Reports on food items sold at Thurston Middle School. Talks about foods sold at the school store.  Says the snack machine and beverage machine are only available after school. Reports on findings at a middle school in Beaverton.

288

Sen. Morrisette

Asks Haynes about the school store at Thurston Middle School.

290

Haynes

Explains that the school store is open during the lunch hour. Reports on items sold at the school store.

294

Sen. Morrisette

Asks if they have Pepsi products.  Asks if the school store is open during break times as well.

298

Haynes

Says they have Pepsi products. Says she is unsure whether or not the school store is open during breaks.

306

Cassie Holder

Student, Portland State University. Testifies on SB 860. Reports on findings at a McMinnville middle school.

322

Sen. Morrisette

Asks if the school stores could be an alternative to lunch.

325

Holder

Replies yes.

337

Craig Mosbaek

Upstream Public Health. Commends the DECA students. Testifies on SB 860. Talks about DECA project results.

369

Nancy Becker

Policy Chair for the Oregon Dietetic Association. Testifies in support of SB 860.

TAPE 74, B

005

Mary Lou Hennrich

Community Health Partnership. Testifies in support of SB 860. Reports that the Oregon Nutrition Policy Alliance supports the Oregon Department of Education (ODE) Task Force policy recommendations numbers  1, 3 and 4 with a few stipulations. Explains the stipulations. Wants a minimum standard written into law in case some districts do not produce a robust policy.

039

Chair Walker

Asks how a robust policy is defined.

040

Hennrich

Defines robust policy.

046

Chair Walker

Comments on work group discussion regarding requiring that each district have a nutritional policy taskforce. Talks about results found after visiting  two elementary schools and one high school on Friday. Says the students want to have a voice in the decisions made regarding the issue of food and beverage consumption at school. Says she wants community buy-in on the issue. Discusses foods of minimal nutritional value.

095

Hennrich

Responds to Sen. Walker’s comments.

121

Sen. Morrisette

Asks why Mel Kohn is not testifying before the committee today.

124

Chair Walker

Reports that he testified at the last public hearing the committee had on the issue.

120

Becker

Talks about foods of minimal nutritional value.

155

Chair Walker

Says the children want to be involved in the decision making. Talks about SB 860 and the work group.

191

Hennrich

Responds to comments. Reports that Andi Jordan recommends that a parent and dietician be on the nutritional policy taskforces.

210

Chair Walker

Mentions another issue that is not addressed by the federal law.

215

Hennrich

Supports that districts report to the ODE.

222

Chair Walker

Talks about competitive foods.

238

Chair Walker

Asks how long the taskforce met.

240

Becker

Replies eight months.

244

Chair Walker

Reports that she will have amendments drafted. Talks about the amendments.

258

Hennrich

Clarifies that the wording from the Task Force recommendations will be put in the amendments.

263

Chair Walker

Comments that her understanding from the work group was that people thought it would be too confusing.

265

Hennrich

Feels that is not the case. Says the ODE supports the wording as well.

271

Chair Walker

Asks Pat Burk and Heidi Dupuis to come forward to testify.

275

Pat Burk

Chief Policy Officer, Department of Education. Testifies on SB 860. Comments that the Board of Education has accepted the report and has asked staff to come back with specific implementation plans on the recommendations.

310

Chair Walker

Asks how the school districts  would be monitored.

312

Burk

Explains two levels of monitoring.

365

Heidi Dupuis

Department of Education. Testifies on SB 860.

381

Burk

Says that they have already begun meeting with food service staff across the state and that they are aware of the changes coming their way.

397

Sen. Morrisette

Asks about the connection between the food service program and student groups who sell food.

402

Dupuis

Explains.

415

Sen. Morrisette

Asks if it would address the issue of consistency within the school.

TAPE 75, B

001

Dupuis

Replies yes.