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MINUTES OF HOUSE EDUCATION
STANDING COMMITTEE

February 25, 2009
Room 445, State Capitol Building

MEMBERS PRESENT:    Rep. Gregory H. Hughes, Chair
        Rep. Laura Black
        Rep. Rebecca Edwards
        Rep. Craig A. Frank
        Rep. Kory M. Holdaway
        Rep. Don L. Ipson
        Rep. Carol Spackman Moss
        Rep. Merlynn T. Newbold
        Rep. Marie H. Poulson
        Rep. Kraig Powell
        Rep. Mark A. Wheatley
        Rep. Carl Wimmer

MEMBERS ABSENT:    Rep. Brad L. Dee
        Rep. Bradley G. Last
        Rep. Kenneth W. Sumsion        
            
STAFF PRESENT:    Constance C. Steffen, Policy Analyst
        Linda Service, Committee Secretary
        Dee S Larsen, Associate General Counsel

Note: List of visitors and copy of handouts are filed with committee minutes.


Chair Hughes called the meeting to order at 4:19 p.m.

MOTION: Rep. Moss moved to approve the minutes of February 23, 2009. The motion passed unanimously with Rep. Frank and Rep. Wimmer absent for the vote.

H.B. 334     Writing Assessment and Instruction (Rep. M. Newbold)

Rep. Newbold introduced the bill which modifies statewide requirements for writing assessments. Judy Park, Associate Superintendent, State Board of Education, discussed the use of online writing software.

The following spoke in support of the bill:
    Leslie McLaughlin, Executive Director of Curriculum, Salt Lake City School District
    Ellen Thompson, Vice President, Utah Education Association

MOTION: Rep. Holdaway moved to pass the bill out with a favorable recommendation. The motion passed unanimously.



H.B. 425 Carson Smith Scholarship Program Amendments (Rep. M. Newbold)

Rep. Newbold introduced the bill which modifies the Carson Smith Scholarship Program.

Rep. Hughes relinquished the chair to Rep. Frank.

The following spoke in support of the bill:
    Cheryl Smith, Carson Smith's mother
    Laura Anderson, parent and outreach coordinator for the scholarship program
    Robyn Bagley, Board Chair, Parents for Choice in Education

MOTION: Rep. Ipson moved to pass the bill out with a favorable recommendation. The motion passed unanimously with Rep. Hughes absent for the vote.

MOTION: Rep. Wimmer moved to adjourn the meeting at 5:10 p.m. The motion passed unanimously.










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Rep. Gregory H. Hughes, Chair