MINUTES OF THE

SENATE EDUCATION STANDING COMMITTEE

210 Senate Building, Utah State Capitol Complex

February 3, 2015

 

Members Present:†††† Sen. Ann Millner, Chair

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Sen. Jim Dabakis

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Sen. Mark B. Madsen

††††††††††† ††††††††††† ††††††††††† Sen. Aaron Osmond

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Sen. Howard A. Stephenson

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Sen. Stephen H. Urquhart

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Members Excused:††† President Wayne L. Niederhauser

 

Members Absent:††††† Sen. Jerry W. Stevenson

 

Staff Present: ††††††††††† Ms. Allyson Goldstein, Policy Analyst

††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††††††† Ms. Wendy Hill, Committee Secretary

 

NOTE:A list of visitors and a copy of handouts are filed with the committee minutes.

 

Chair Millner called the meeting to order at 4:16 p.m.

 

MOTION:Sen. Dabakis moved to approve the minutes of the January 30, 2015 meeting.The motion passed unanimously with Sen. Madsen and Sen. Urquhart absent for the vote.†††

 

S.B. 114†††††† Board of Education Compensation Amendments (Sen A. Osmond)

 

Sen. Osmond explained the bill to the committee.

 

Spoke to the bill:†††††††† Mr. Bruce D. Williams, Associate Superintendent, Utah State Office of Education††††††††††† †††††††††††

 

MOTION: Sen. Stephenson moved to pass the bill out favorably.The motion passed unanimously with Sen. Madsen and Sen. Urquhart absent for the vote.

 

S.B. 106†††††† Class Size Reduction Program Amendments (Sen. W. Harper)

 

A handout was distributed to the committee.

 

Sen. Harper explained the bill to the committee.

 

Spoke for the bill:†††††† Mr. Jay Blain, Director of Policy and Research, Utah Education Association††††††††† †††††††††††††††††††††††

 

Spoke to the bill:†††††††† Mr. Royce Van Tassell. Executive Director, Utah Association of Public Charter Schools†††††††††††

 

MOTION:Sen. Osmond moved to pass the bill out favorably.The motion passed unanimously with Sen. Madsen absent for the vote.†††††††††††††††††

 

S.B. 107†††††† Computer Science Initiative for Public Schools (Sen. H. Stephenson)

 

Sen. Stephenson explained the bill to the committee.

 

Spoke for the bill: ††††† Mr. Jay Blain, Director of Policy and Research, Utah Education Association

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Mr. Paul Savage, parent

 

Spoke against the bill: Ms. Tammy Pyfer, Education Advisor, Utah Governorís Office††††

 

Spoke to the bill:†††††††† Ms. Tami Goetz, Director, Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Action Center†††††††††††

 

Chair Millner relinquished the chair to Sen. Osmond.

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MOTION:†† Sen. Stephenson moved to amend S.B. 107 as follows:

 

1.      Page 4, Line 110:†††††††

†††††††† 110††††† achieve the learning objectives described in the statement of purpose.

 

(c) A school district or charter school may enter into an interlocal agreement with one or more school districts or charter schools to jointly apply for:

††††††††††† (i) a grant under Subsection (5)(a); or

††††††††††† (ii) the comprehensive software solution under Subsection (5)(b).††

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2.      Page 5, Lines 146 through 150:†††††††††

146††††††† The Legislature intends that:

147††††††† (1)the Governor's Office of Economic Development use:

148††††††† (a)††† {at least}††† up to†† $1,500,000 of the appropriation provided in this section for licenses for the

149†††† comprehensive computer coding instructional software solution described in Subsection

150†††† 63M-1-3212(3);

3.      Page 6, Line 156:†††††††

†††††††††††††††††††††† 156††††† described in Subsection 63M-1-3212{(7)}††† (8)(b); and

 

The motion passed unanimously with absent Sen. Dabakis and Sen. Millner absent for the vote.

 

MOTION:Sen. Madsen moved to pass the bill out favorably as amended.The motion passed unanimously with Sen. Dabakis and Sen. Millner absent for the vote.

 

MOTION:Sen. Urquhart moved to adjourn.The motion passed unanimously with Sen. Dabakis and Sen. Millner absent for the vote.

 

Acting Chair Osmond adjourned the meeting at 5:30 p.m.

 

 

 

 

 

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Sen. Ann Millner, Chair