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Room 445, State Capitol

January 24, 2012

MEMBERS PRESENT:    Rep. Francis Gibson, Chair
        Rep. Bill Wright, Vice Chair
        Rep. Patrice Arent
        Rep. LaVar Christensen
        Rep. Becky Edwards
        Rep. Steven Eliason
        Rep. Greg H. Hughes    
        Rep. Kay L. McIff
        Rep. Carol Spackman Moss
        Rep. Merlynn Newbold
        Rep. Marie H. Poulson
        Rep. Kraig Powell
        Rep. Ken W. Sumsion

MEMBERS EXCUSED:    Rep. Rebecca D. Lockhart
MEMBERS ABSENT:    Rep. John G. Mathis            
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. Wright called the meeting to order at 2:20 p.m.

H.B. 53    Utah Education Network Amendments (Rep. R. Menlove)

Rep. Menlove introduced the bill which modifies the governance of the Utah Education Network (UEN).

The following spoke in support of the bill:
    Eric Denna, Utah Education Network, University of Utah
    Dave Buhler, Utah Board of Regents
    Larry Shumway, State School Superintendent

MOTION:    Rep. Hughes moved to adopt 1st Substitute H.B. 53. The motion passed unanimously with Rep. Moss absent at the time of voting.

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

1.    Page 2, Lines 36 through 37 :    

             36          (i) coordinate and support the telecommunications needs of public and higher
             37      education, public libraries, and
{   other state   } entities        affiliated with the state systems of public and higher education       as approved        by the Utah Education Network Board       , including the statewide

2.    Page 4, Line 116 :    

             116          (f)
{   may   }        shall       establish an advisory council to assist the Utah Education Network Board in

The motion passed. Rep. Moss was absent at the time of voting.

MOTION:    Rep. Gibson moved to pass the bill out as substituted and amended. The motion passed with Rep. Christensen voting in opposition. Rep. Moss was absent at the time of voting.

H.B. 15    Statewide Adaptive Testing (Rep. G. Hughes)

Rep. Hughes, assisted by Debra Roberts, State Board of Education, introduced the bill which requires school districts and charter schools to administer computer adaptive tests aligned with the common core.

MOTION:    Rep. Christensen moved to amend the bill as follows:

1.    Page 2, Lines 46 through 47 :    

             46          (2) "Common core" means
{   a   }        the       core set of English language arts and mathematics

             47      standards developed
{   by states   } and adopted by the State Board of Education which define the

The motion passed with Rep. Arent, Rep. Moss, and Rep. Poulson voting in opposition.

The following spoke in opposition to the bill:
    Peter Cannon, Davis School District
    Pamela Smith, Citizen
    Kris Kimball, Citizen

MOTION:    Rep. Newbold moved to pass the bill out as amended. The motion passed unanimously.

H.B. 207    Requirements to Create School Districts (Rep. J. Dougall)

The bill was not considered.

MOTION:    Rep. Arent moved to adjourn. The motion passed unanimously. Rep. Wright adjourned the meeting at 3:30 p.m.

            Rep. Francis Gibson, Chair