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MINUTES OF HOUSE EDUCATION
STANDING COMMITTEE

February 9, 2011
Room 445, State Capitol Building


MEMBERS PRESENT:    Rep. Bill Wright, Chair
        Rep. LaVar Christensen, Vice Chair
        Rep. Patrice Arent
        Rep. Becky Edwards
        Rep. Steve Eliason
        Rep. Greg Hughes    
        Rep. John Mathis
        Rep. Kay McIff
        Rep. Carol Spackman Moss
        Rep. Merlynn Newbold
        Rep. Marie Poulson
        Rep. Kraig Powell
        Rep. Holly Richardson
        Rep. Ken Sumsion

MEMBERS ABSENT:    Rep. Rebecca Lockhart        
            
STAFF PRESENT:    Constance C. Steffen, Policy Analyst
        Linda Service, Committee Secretary
        
Note: List of visitors and copy of handouts are filed with committee minutes.


Rep. Christensen called the meeting to order at 2:15 p.m.

MOTION:    Rep. Arent moved to approve the minutes of February 7, 2011. The motion passed unanimously. Rep. Hughes, Rep. McIff, Rep. Powell, Rep. Sumsion, and Rep. Wright were absent for the vote.

H.B. 92    Public Education Regional Service Centers (Rep. B. Last)

Rep. Last introduced the bill which enacts language related to regional service centers. He was assisted by Duke Mossman and Randy Johnson, directors of regional service centers.

Martell Menlove, Deputy Superintendent, Utah Office of Education, spoke to the bill.







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The following spoke in support of the bill:
    Barry Walker, Superintendent, South Summit School District
    Jodee Sundberg, Utah School Boards Association and Utah School          Superintendents Association
    M. G. Durrant, Daggett School District
    Duane Jensen, Duchesne School District

MOTION:    Rep. Powell moved to pass the bill out with a favorable recommendation.

SUBSTITUTE MOTION:    Rep. Newbold moved to amend the bill as follows:

    Page 2, Lines 32 - 42: Delete lines 32 - 42.

The motion failed with Rep. Eliason, Rep. Hughes, Rep. Newbold, Rep. Richardson, Rep. Sumsion, and Rep. Christensen voting in favor of the motion.

A vote was taken on Rep. Powell's motion to pass the bill out with a favorable recommendation. The motion passed with Rep. Newbold and Rep. Sumsion voting in opposition.

Rep. Christensen relinquished the chair to Rep. Wright.
    
H.B. 111    Full-day Kindergarten (Rep. J. Anderson)

Rep. Anderson introduced the bill which modifies the voluntary extended-day kindergarten program, with certain funding priorities.

The following spoke to the bill:
    Gayle Ruzicka, Eagle Forum
    Dr. Jackie De Gaston, Brigham Young University Family Studies

The following spoke in opposition to the bill:
    Sara Krebs, Cache School District
    Patti Harrington, Utah School Boards Association and Utah School          Superintendents Association.
    Larry Jensen, Draper, preschool and kindergarten operator
    Christine Kearl, Governor's Office
    Janis Dubno, Voices for Utah Children
    Kory Holdaway, Utah Education Association


    


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February 9, 2011
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H.J.R. 15    Joint Resolution Amending State Board of Education Provisions (Rep. C. Herrod)


H.J.R. 15 was not considered.

H.B. 183    School District Leave Policies (Rep. K. Grover)

H.B. 183
was not considered.

MOTION:     Rep. Christensen moved to adjourn at 3:55 p.m. The motion passed unanimously. Rep. Hughes and Rep. Mathis were absent for the vote.








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            Bill Wright, Chair