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SENATE EDUCATION STANDING COMMITTEE MINUTES OF THE
Thursday, February 21, 2008
Room C415, State Capitol, State Capitol Complex

Members Present:        Sen. Margaret Dayton, Committee Chair
                Sen. Greg Bell
                Sen. Curtis Bramble
                Sen. Pat Jones
                Sen. Darin Peterson
                Sen. Ross Romero
                Sen. Howard A. Stephenson
                
Member Excused:        Sen. Lyle Hillyard    
            
Staff Present:            Phillip V. Dean, Policy Analyst
                Joan Tiffany, Secretary
                    
Public Speakers Present:    Sen. Mark Madsen
                Mark VanWagoner, Attorney, Utah High Schools Athletic                      Association (UHSAA)
                Paul Mero, President, The Sutherland Institute
                Debi Tabor, Student Involvement, Utah PTA
                Bart Thompson, Associate Director, UHSAA
                Sen. Michael Waddoups
                David Litvan, President, Utah Mining Association
                Gina Crezee, Rio Tinto, Kennecott (KCC)
                Rep. Ronda Menlove
                Nan Gray, State Director, Special Education, Utah State Office of                     Education
                Steven Peterson, Utah School Boards Association & Utah School                     Superintendents Association
                Jeff Leonard, Utah School Employees Association
                Rep. Paul Ray    
                Rep. Lynn Hemingway
                Larry Shumway, Deputy Superintendent, Utah State Office of                     Education
                Rep. Carol Spackman Moss
                Ruth Dallas, I.B.Coordinator, Skyline High School    
                Rebecca Odoardi, Director of Gifted and Talented, Davis School                     District
                Holly Langton, Education Commissioner, Utah PTA    
            
    A list of visitors and a copy of handouts are filed with the committee minutes.


    Committee Chair Dayton called the meeting to order at the designated time of 8:08 am as posted.

     MOTION: Sen. Peterson made a motion to approve the minutes of the February 15, 2008 meeting. The motion passed unanimously with Sens. Bramble and Romero absent for the vote.

1.     S. B. 223-Standards for Acceptance of School Transfer Applications

    Sen. Mark Madsen presented S.B. 223 to the committee.

    Mark VanWagoner, Debi Tabor and Bart Thompson spoke in opposition to the bill.

    Paul Mero spoke in favor of the bill.

     MOTION: Sen. Stephenson moved to pass S.B. 223 out of committee with a favorable recommendation. The motion passed with Sens. Dayton, Bell, Bramble, and Stephenson voting aye. Sens. Jones and Romero voted nay. Sen. Peterson was absent for the vote.

2.     S.B. 219-Use of Severance Tax Revenues When a School District Occurs

    Sen. Michael Waddoups presented 1st. Sub. 219 to the committee.    

     MOTION: Sen. Bramble moved to adopt 1st. Sub. 219. The motion passed          unanimously with Sens. Bell and Peterson absent for the vote.

    David Litvan and Gina Crezee stated that their organizations did not oppose the bill in its     current form.

     MOTION: Sen. Romero made a motion to move to the next item on the agenda. The     motion passed unanimously. Sen. Peterson was absent for the vote.

3.     H.B. 66- Paraeducator to Teacher Scholarship Program

    Rep. Ronda Menlove presented H.B. 66 to the committee.

    Nan Gray, Steve Peterson and Jeff Leonard spoke in favor of the bill.
    
     MOTION: Sen. Jones moved to pass H.B. 66 out of committee with a favorable
    recommendation. The motion passed unanimously with Sen. Bramble absent for the vote.



4.     H.B. 96-Retired Teachers-Return to Work

    Rep. Paul Ray presented H.B. 96 to the committee on Rep. Bowman's behalf.

    Steve Peterson spoke in favor of the bill.

     MOTION: Sen. Romero moved to pass H.B. 96 out of committee with a favorable     recommendation. The motion passed unanimously with Sen. Bramble absent for the vote.

5.     H. B. 85-Teacher Loan Program

    Rep. Lynn Hemingway presented H.B. 85 to the committee.

     MOTION: Sen. Jones moved to adopt the amendment to H.B. 85 shown below. This     motion passed    unanimously with Sen. Bramble absent for the vote.
        
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        House Committee Amendments
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                  32          (2) The
  State       Board of Education shall:

                  33          (a)
  subject to the availability of funding for the loan program from appropriations and loan principal and interest repayments,       award      {   appropriated   }        available       loan funds to individual teachers who:

                  34          (i) teach full time in a school district H. or charter school .H within the state;

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                  77          (ii) require full repayment of the outstanding loan principal and interest if
  and when       the primary

                  78      residence is sold within ten years of loan issuance.
    
  (6) If appropriations and loan principal and interest repayment funds are insufficient to cover the costs associated with the Teacher Loan Program for all eligible applicants, the State Board of Education shall:

        (a) limit the number of loans authorized to correspond to the amount of available funds; and


        (b) select loan recipients using the criteria established pursuant to Subsection (5)(a).       

                  79          Section 2. Appropriation.

     MOTION: Sen. Jones moved to pass amended H.B. 85 out of committee with a     favorable recommendation. The motion passed with Sens. Bell, Jones, Peterson, Romero     and Stephenson voting in favor of the motion. Sen. Dayton voted nay. Sen. Bramble was     absent for the vote.

6.     H.B. 266-Accelerated Learning Program Revisions

    Sen. Pat Jones presented H.B. 266 to the committee.

    Ruth Dallas, Rebecca Odoardi, Holly Langston and Rep. Carol Moss spoke in favor of     the bill.

     MOTION: Sen. Stephenson moved to adjourn the meeting. The motion failed with     Sens. Romero, Bell and Jones voting nay. Sens. Dayton, Peterson and Stephenson voted aye. Sen. Bramble was absent for the vote.
    
     MOTION: Sen. Romero moved to pass H.B. 266 out of committee with a favorable     recommendation. The motion failed with Sens. Dayton, Peterson and Stephensen voting     nay and Sens. Bell, Jones and Romero voting aye. Sen. Bramble was absent for the vote.

     MOTION: Sen. Bell moved to adjourn the meeting. The motion passed unanimously     with Sen. Bramble absent for the vote.

    The meeting adjourned at 10:01 am.




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                     Senator Margaret Dayton