0MINUTES OF THE

SENATE EDUCATION STANDING COMMITTEE

210 Senate Building, Utah State Capitol Complex

February 11, 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 3:46 p.m.

 

MOTION:Sen. Dabakis moved to approve the minutes of the February 5, 2015, meeting.The motion passed unanimously with Sen. Madsen and Sen. Urquhart absent for the vote.††††

 

S.B. 34†††††††† Charter School Authorization Amendments (Sen. A. Osmond)

 

Sen. Osmond explained the bill to the committee.

 

Spoke for the bill:†††††† Mr. Craig Frank, Utah Charter Network

Mr. Royce Van Tassell, Executive Director, Utah Association of Public Charter Schools†††††††††††

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Spoke against the bill: ††††††††††† Ms. Tami Pyfer, Education Advisor, Utah Governorís Office††††††††† ††††††††††† †† ††††††††††† Ms. Sara Jones, Director, Utah Education Association†††††††††

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MOTION:†† Sen. Osmond moved to replace S.B. 34 with 1st Sub. S.B. 34. The motion passed unanimously.

 

MOTION:Sen. Madsen moved to pass out 1st Sub. S.B. 34 favorably. The motion failed, with Sen. Dabakis, Sen. Millner, and Sen. Urquhart voting in opposition.

 

Sen. Stephenson explained S.B. 145 would not be heard today.

 

 

1st Sub. H.B. 169††††††† English Language Arts Instructional Tool (Rep. C. Moss)

 

Rep. Moss explained the bill to the committee.

 

Spoke for the bill:†††††† Dr. Sydnee Dickson, Deputy Superintendent, Utah State Office of Education

 

MOTION:Sen. Osmond moved to pass the bill out favorably.The motion passed unanimously.

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S.B. 151†††††† National Board Certification Scholarships for Teachers (Sen. A. Osmond)

 

Sen. Osmond explained the bill to the committee. Sen. Osmond made a power point presentation and distributed handouts to the committee.

 

Spoke to the bill: ††††††† Dr. Sydnee Dickson, Deputy Superintendent, Utah State Office of Education

 

Spoke for the bill:†††††† Ms. Dessie Olson, President, Utah National Board Coalition

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Ms. Mary Alsop, teacher††††††††

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Ms. Amy Merrit, teacher

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Ms. Jacqueline Eckert, teacher

 

Spoke against the bill:Dr. Carl Boyington, Director, Secondary School Principals Association††††

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Mr. Peter Cannon, citizen

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S.B. 116 was not considered.

 

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

 

Chair Millner adjourned the meeting at 5:58 p.m.

 

 

 

 

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Sen. Ann Millner, Chair