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February 10, 2006
Room W135, West Office Building, State Capitol Complex
Rep. LaVar Christensen, Vice Chair
Rep. Duane Bourdeaux
Rep. John Dougall
Rep. James A. Ferrin
Rep. James R. Gowans
Rep. David L. Hogue
Rep. Kory M. Holdaway
Rep. Gregory H. Hughes
Rep. Bradley T. Johnson
Rep. Carol Spackman Moss
Rep. Merlynn T. Newbold
Rep. LaWanna Shurtliff
Rep. Stephen Urquhart
MEMBERS ABSENT: Rep. Ron Bigelow
STAFF PRESENT: Constance C. Steffen Policy Analyst
Barbara Thomas, Committee Secretary
Dee S Larsen, Associate General Counsel
Note: List of visitors and copy of handouts are filed with committee minutes.
Chair Dayton called the meeting to order at 8:00 am.
Rep. Moss gave a brief lesson on English grammar.
MOTION: Rep. Shurtliff moved to approve the minutes of February 8, 2006. The motion passed unanimously with Rep. Hughes, Rep. Johnson, Rep. Newbold, and Rep. Urquhart absent for the vote.
H.B. 202 Foreign Exchange Student Amendments (Rep. N. Hendrickson)
Rep. Hendrickson introduced Kelly Atkinson, Rotary International, who explained the bill allows a foreign exchange student to be included in the attendance count if the corresponding student who left to participate in a foreign exchange program in a foreign country returns to the school district before the conclusion of the school year.
The following foreign exchange students spoke in support of the bill:
1) Melissa Jackson, former exchange student to Thailand
2) Nicholas Brennecke, exchange student from Germany
MOTION: Rep. Ferrin moved to pass the bill out favorably. The motion passed unanimously, with Rep. Dougall, Rep. Hughes, Rep. Johnson, Rep.Newbold, and Rep. Urquhart
absent for the vote.
MOTION: Rep. Ferrin moved to place H.B. 202 on the Consent Calendar. The motion passed unanimously with Rep. Dougall, Rep. Hughes, Rep. Johnson, Rep. Newbold, and Rep. Urquhart absent for the vote.
H.B. 339 Commission on Civic and Character Education (Rep. L. Christensen)
MOTION: Rep. Christensen moved to amend the bill as follows:
1. Page 2, Line 46 :
46 (2) The commission consists of
2. Page 2, Lines 51 through 53 :
(e) one member of the State Board of Regents, appointed by the chair;
(f) one member of the public with expertise in the area of civic and character education appointed by the other members of the commission to serve for a two year term; and
53 Supreme Court.
3. Page 3, Lines 84 through 86 :
84 (2) provide leadership to the state's continuous focus on civic and character education
85 in the public schools
The motion passed unanimously with Rep. Hughes, Rep. Johnson, Rep. Newbold, and Rep. Urquhart absent for the vote.
Rep. Christensen distributed a letter from Lt. Governor Gary Herbert expressing support for efforts to better prepare future voters by teaching the principles and obligations of representative democracy to school children.
Rep. Christensen said the bill creates a Commission on Civic and Character Education within the Lieutenant Governor's office to insure implementation of civic and character education.
MOTION: Rep. Hughes moved to pass the amended bill out favorably. The motion passed with Rep. Dougall voting in opposition and Rep. Johnson, Rep. Newbold, and Rep. Urquhart absent for the vote.
H.B. 143 Instructional Expenses Requirements (Rep. G. Hughes)
Rep. Hughes explained the bill requires school districts to expend at least 65% of their General Fund monies on instructional expenditures.
Mr. Tim Mooney, First Class Education, said the goal is greater efficiency and to improve academic achievement. He testified that there is a correlation between NAEP test scores and the percent of expenditures used for instruction.
In response to committee members' questions, Mr. Mooney stated that reading specialists are classified by the National Center for Education Statistics as instructional expenditures. Expenses that are not instructional expenditures include transportation, power, speech pathologists, media specialists, and guidance counselors.
MOTION: Rep. Urquhart moved to move to the next item on the agenda.
MOTION: Rep. Hogue moved to table HB 143. The motion failed with Rep. Bourdeaux, Rep. Hogue, Rep. Shurtliff in favor and Rep. Dougall.and Rep. Newbold absent for the vote.
A vote was taken on Rep. Urquhart's motion. The motion passed with Rep. Christensen, Rep. Dayton, and Rep. Hughes voting in opposition to the motion and Rep. Dougall and Rep. Newbold absent for the vote..
H.B. 155 Education Testing Amendments (Rep. N. Hansen)
Rep. Hansen introduced the bill which allows special education and adult education students to pass an alternative assessment in place of the basic skills competency test required for a high school diploma.
The following spoke in support of the bill:
Brett Moyes, parent of a student with learning disabilities
Cheryl Moyes representing herself
MOTION: Rep. Holdaway moved to delete in title and body HB 155 and replace it with 1st Substitute HB 155.
MOTION: Rep. Ferrin moved to move to the next item on the agenda. The motion passed with Rep. Bourdeaux, Rep. Hogue, Rep. Holdaway, Rep. Shurtliff and Rep. Christensen voting in opposition and Rep. Dougall, Rep. Johnson, and Rep. Newbold absent for the vote.
H.B. 77 School District Boundaries (Rep. D. Cox)
Chair Dayton explained there would be no public comment on this bill as it has had public comment given previously.
Rep. Cox explained 1st Substitute H.B. 77. The substitute bill allows the governing body of certain cities to establish a school district with boundaries contiguous with city boundaries.
MOTION: Rep. Ferrin moved to delete in title and body H.B. 77 and replace it with 1st Substitute H.B. 77. The motion passed unanimously with Rep. Johnson, Rep. Newbold and Rep. Shurtliff absent for the vote.
MOTION: Rep. Hughes moved to pass 1st Sub H.B.77 out favorably. The motion passed with Rep. Bourdeaux, Rep. Gowans, Rep. Holdaway and Rep. Christensen in
opposition and Rep. Newbold absent for the vote.
H.B. 167 School Uniforms (Rep. C. Frank)
Rep. Frank stated the bill modifies school uniform provisions and distributed a letter from Supt. Patti Harrington, State Superintendent, expressing support for the bill.
Ray Timothy, Associate Superintendent, USOE, said the State Board of Education has not taken
a position on the bill yet, but the staff is recommending the bill.
Rep. Frank distributed a letter from the Utah Attorney General's Office indicating that generally a requirement to wear uniforms at school is found to be legal.
MOTION: Rep. Dougall moved to pass H.B. 167 out favorably. The motion passed unanimously with Rep. Moss absent for the vote.
MOTION: Rep. Hogue moved to adjourn. The motion passed unanimously with Rep. Moss absent for the vote.
The meeting was adjourned at 9:45 am.
____________________________ Rep. Margaret Dayton, Chair