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MINUTES OF HOUSE EDUCATION
STANDING COMMITTEE
Room 445, State Capitol
February 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. Rebecca D. Lockhart    
        Rep. John G. Mathis
        Rep. Kay L. McIff
        Rep. Carol Spackman Moss
        Rep. Merlynn Newbold
        Rep. Marie H. Poulson
        Rep. Kraig Powell
        Rep. Ken W. Sumsion
            
STAFF PRESENT:    Constance C. Steffen, Policy Analyst
        Linda Service, Committee Secretary
        
Note: List of visitors and copy of handouts are filed with committee minutes.


Chair Gibson called the meeting to order at 4:28 p.m.

MOTION:    Rep. Poulson moved to approve the minutes of the February 22, 2012 meeting. The motion passed unanimously with Rep. Eliason, Rep. Hughes, Rep. Lockhart, Rep. McIff, Rep. Powell, Rep. Sumsion, and Rep. Wright absent for the vote.

H.B. 397    Charter School Start-up Amendments (Rep. B. Dee)

Rep. Dee introduced the bill which provides money for charter school start-up costs.

Supt. Larry Shumway, Utah State Office of Education, spoke in support of the bill.

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

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

1.    Page 1, Lines 16 through 20 :    

             16      professional development or technical assistance for governing board members and
             17      staff of new charter schools;
{   and   }


             18
         .    directs the State Board of Education to make rules for the award and use of grants
             19      for charter school start-up costs
{   .   }        ; and

    . repeals provisions related to charter school start-up costs on July 1, 2017.  

             20      Money Appropriated in this Bill:

2.    Page 2, Line 29 :    

             29          53A-1a-513, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2011, Chapter 371
      63I-2-253, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2011, Chapters 303, 330, and 419      


3.    Page 6, Line 181 :    

             181          (ii) a final report on the expenditure of the grant money.
    
  Section 3. Section 63I-2-253 is amended to read:      

     63I-2-253 .   Repeal dates -- Titles 53, 53A, and 53B.
     (1) Section 53A-1-403.5 is repealed July 1, 2012.
     (2) Subsection 53A-1-603 (5) is repealed July 1, 2015.
     (3)
  Section 53A-1a-513.5 is repealed July 1, 2017.

    (4)  
Title 53A, Chapter 1a, Part 10, UPSTART, is repealed July 1, 2014.

    
{   (4)   }        (5)       Subsection 53A-13-110 (4) is repealed July 1, 2013.

    
{   (5)   }        (6)       Section 53A-15-1215 is repealed July 1, 2012.


4.    Page 7, Lines 190 through 194 :    

             190                  Charter School Start-up Costs        $2,500,000
             191          The Legislature intends that the appropriation under this section:
             192          (1)
  is ongoing, subject to availability of funds;

    (2) is for fiscal years 2012-13, 2013-14, 2014-15, 2015-16, and 2016-17 only;
    (3)  
be used as provided in Section 53A-1a-513.5 ; and

             193          
{   (2)   }        (4)       not lapse at the end of        each       fiscal year      {   2013   } .

             194          Section 4. Effective date.
The motion passed with Rep. Christensen, Rep. Hughes, Rep. Mathis, and Rep. Newbold voting in opposition. Rep. Arent, Rep. Sumsion, and Rep. Wright were absent for the vote.

MOTION:    Rep. Newbold moved to pass the bill out as amended with a favorable recommendation. The motion passed unanimously with Rep. Arent, Rep. Sumsion, and Rep. Wright absent for the vote.



H.B. 420    Parent Education Initiative (Rep. S. Eliason)

Rep. Eliason introduced the bill which requires school districts to offer a seminar to parents with certain information.

The following spoke in support of the bill:
    Mr. Kory Holdaway, Utah Education Association
    Ms. Susan Edwards, Canyons School District
    Ms. Pamela Atkinson, community advocate

Ms. JoDee Sundberg, Alpine School District and Utah School Boards Association, spoke against the bill.

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

    On line 31 delete "shall" and insert "may"

The motion failed with Rep. Edwards, Rep. Mathis, Rep. Moss, Rep. Poulson, Rep. Sumsion, and Rep. Wright voting in favor of the motion. Rep. Arent, Rep. McIff, and Rep. Powell were absent for the vote.

MOTION:    Rep. Christensen moved to pass the bill out with a favorable recommendation. The motion passed with Rep. Sumsion and Rep. Wright voting in opposition. Rep. Arent, Rep. McIff, and Rep. Powell were absent for the vote.

H.B. 123    Education Savings Accounts (Rep. J. Dougall)

MOTION:    Rep. Sumsion moved to adopt 1st Substitute H.B. 123. The motion passed unanimously. Rep. Arent, Rep. Eliason, Rep. Mathis, Rep. McIff, and Rep. Powell were absent for the vote.

The following commented on the bill:
Mr. Kory Holdaway, Utah Education Association
Ms. Patti Harrington, Utah School Superintendents Association and Utah School Boards Association

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


1.    Page 5, Lines 121 through 122 :    

             121          (b) The maximum number of education savings accounts that may exist for any year

of
             122      the pilot project is

{   2,500   }        500       .


2.    Page 6, Lines 164 through 165 :    

             164          (9) (a) The State Board of Education shall close an education savings account
{   10   }        six       years

             165      after the account is opened.
The motion passed unanimously with Rep. Arent and Rep. Powell absent for the vote.

MOTION:    Rep. Sumsion moved to pass the bill out as substituted and amended with a favorable recommendation. The motion passed with Rep. Arent, Rep. Christensen, Rep. Edwards, Rep. McIff, Rep. Moss, and Rep. Poulson voting in opposition. Rep. Powell was absent for the vote.

H.B. 336    Electronic High School Amendments (Rep. S. Sandstrom)

Rep. Sandstrom introduced the bill which modifies provisions relating to the Electronic High School.

Mr. Matt Piccalo, Sutherland Institute, spoke in opposition to the bill.

The following spoke in support of the bill:
    Supt. Larry Shumway, Utah State Office of Education
    Ms. Tami Pyfer, Utah State Board of Education
    Ms. Trisha Syversen, Davis School District

Dr. Martell Menlove, Utah State Office of Education, addressed committee members' questions.

MOTION:    Rep. Poulson moved to pass the bill out with a favorable recommendation. The motion passed unanimously. Rep. Hughes, Rep. Lockhart, Rep. McIff, Rep. Powell, and Rep. Wright were absent for the vote.

H.B. 500    Education Reporting Efficiency Amendments (Rep. R. Wilcox)

Rep. Wilcox introduced the bill which directs the State Board of Education to determine how to modify or eliminate reporting requirements.

Ms. Kim Frank, Utah Charter Network, spoke in support of the bill.
Dr. Martell Menlove, Utah State Office of Education, commented on the bill.


MOTION:    Rep. Newbold moved to pass the bill out with a favorable recommendation. The motion passed unanimously. Rep. Eliason, Rep. Hughes, Rep. Lockhart, Rep. McIff, Rep. Powell, and Rep. Wright were absent for the vote.

MOTION:    Rep. Gibson moved to place H.B. 500 on the Consent Calendar. The motion passed unanimously. Rep. Eliason, Rep. Hughes, Rep. Lockhart, Rep. McIff, Rep. Powell, and Rep. Wright were absent for the vote.

H.B. 147    Online Education Amendments (Rep. B. Last)

Rep. Last introduced the bill which modifies requirements for providing online courses to students.

The following spoke in support of the bill:
    Dr. Martell Menlove, State Board of Education
    Ms. Heidi Ross, Tooele County School District
    Mr. Patrick Colclough, Granite School District
    Ms. Patty Norman, Davis School District
    Ms. Erin Preston, Providence Hall Charter School

The following spoke in opposition to the bill:
    Ms. Judi Clark, Parents for Choice in Education
    Mr. Royce Van Tassell, Utah Taxpayers Association
    Mr. Jeff Rogers, Utah Technology Council

MOTION:    Rep. Arent moved to pass the bill out with a favorable recommendation. The motion passed with Rep. Christensen and Rep. Newbold voting in opposition. Rep. Eliason, Rep. Hughes, Rep. Lockhart, and Rep. Sumsion were absent for the vote.

H.B. 156    Public Education Program Amendments (Rep. M. Newbold)

Rep. Newbold introduced the bill which eliminates public education programs and requirements.

The following commented on the bill:
    Dr. Martell Menlove, State Board of Education
    Mr. Kory Holdaway, Utah Education Association
    Mr. Preston Cochrane, Fair Credit Foundation and Council on Economic          Education
    Ms. Susan Spiers, Utah Association of Certified Public Accounts
    Mr. Scott Simpson, UCUA
    Mr. Al Bingham, citizen


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


1.    Page 1, Lines 12 through 13 :    

             12          .    
{   eliminates the requirement to take a course in financial literacy to graduate from

             13      high school;  
}
  requires the State Board of Education to provide a general financial literacy test-out option;      


2.    Page 6, Lines 160 through 163 :    

             160          (a) use competency-based standards and assessments;
{   and   }

             161          
{   [   } (b) include instruction that stresses general financial literacy from basic budgeting to

             162      financial investments, including bankruptcy education
  and a general financial literacy test-out option       ; and      {   ]   }

             163          
{   [   } (c)      {   ]   }      {   (b)   } increase graduation requirements in language arts, mathematics, and science to


SUBSTITUTE MOTION:
    Rep. Arent moved to hold the bill. The motion passed with Rep. Christensen, Rep. Mathis, Rep. Newbold, and Rep. Gibson voting in opposition. Rep. Eliason, Rep. Hughes, Rep. Lockhart, and Rep. Sumsion were absent for the vote.

MOTION:    Rep. Edwards moved to adjourn. The motion passed unanimously. Chair Gibson adjourned the meeting at 7:19 p.m. with Rep. Eliason, Rep. Hughes, Rep. Lockhart and Rep. Sumsion absent for the vote.





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            Rep. Francis Gibson, Chair