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MINUTES OF THE

SENATE EDUCATION STANDING COMMITTEE

    ROOM 415, STATE CAPITOL

FEBRUARY 9, 2012



Members Present:        Sen. Aaron Osmond, Chair
                Sen. Lyle W. Hillyard
                Sen. Karen W. Morgan
                Sen. Wayne L. Niederhauser
                Sen. Howard A. Stephenson
                Sen. Jerry Stevenson
                Sen. Daniel Thatcher    
                                
Staff Present:            Ms. Allison Nicholson, Policy Analyst
                Ms. Wendy Hill, Secretary
                    
            
A list of visitors and a copy of handouts are filed with the committee minutes.

Chair Osmond called the meeting to order at 2:20 pm.

Approval of Minutes

MOTION:    Sen. Thatcher moved to approve the minutes of the Feb 2, 2012 and Feb 6, 2012 meetings. The motion passed unanimously with Sen. Hillyard, Sen. Niederhauser, Sen. Stephenson, and Sen. Stevenson absent for the vote.

S.B. 44    GI Bill Tuition Gap Coverage (L. Robles)

MOTION:     Sen. Thatcher moved to replace S.B. 44 with 1st Sub. S.B. 44. The motion passed unanimously with Sen. Hillyard, Sen. Niederhauser, Sen. Stephenson, and Sen. Stevenson absent for the vote

1st Sub. S.B.     GI Bill Tuition Gap Coverage (L. Robles)

Sen. Robles introduced and explained the substitute bill.

Spoke for the bill:        Mr. Dimitri Moumoulidis, Citizen
                Mr. Dave Buhler, Associate Commissioner, Utah System of Higher                     Education
                Mr. Bart Whatcott, County Commissioner, Millard County
                Mr. Shawn O'Shea, Student

Spoke against the bill:      Mr. Peter Cannon , Retiree, U.S. Army



MOTION:     Sen. Morgan moved to pass the substitute bill out favorably. The motion passed unanimously with Sen. Stevenson absent for the vote.

H.B. 62    Provisions Regarding School Supplies (K. Powell)


Rep. Powell introduced and explained the bill.

MOTION: Sen. Thatcher moved to amend the bill as follows:

1.    Page 1, Lines 19 through 19a
    House Floor Amendments
    2-7-2012 :
    

             19      as necessary.] the supplies may be brought from home on a voluntary basis; otherwise, they will
             19a      be furnished by the school
{   free of charge   } . .H


2.    Page 2, Lines 49a through 49d
    House Floor Amendments
    2-7-2012 :
    

             49a          "NOTICE: THE ITEMS ON THIS LIST WILL BE USED DURING THE
             49b      REGULAR SCHOOL DAY. THEY MAY BE BROUGHT FROM HOME ON A
             49c      VOLUNTARY BASIS; OTHERWISE, THEY WILL BE FURNISHED BY THE SCHOOL
             49d     
{   FREE OF CHARGE   } ." .H


The motion passed unanimously.

Spoke for the bill:    Ms. Jackie de Gaston, Citizen
             Ms. JoDee Sundberg, President, Utah School Boards Association
            Ms. Lisa Kirchenheiter, Park City School Board and Utah School Boards              Association

MOTION:     Sen. Hillyard moved to pass the bill out favorably. The motion passed unanimously with Sen. Morgan absent for the vote.

Review of the Electronic High School

Ms. Brenda Hales, Associate Superintendent, Utah State Office of Education, gave an o verview of the Electronic High School (EHS), including its course offerings, demographics, utilization, enrollment, completion rates, and potential impacts to the EHS with the implementation of the new Statewide Online Education Program.


Spoke:    Ms. Laura Belnap, Citizen
        Dr. Richard M. Siddoway, Former Principal, Electronic High School
         Ms. Jackie de Gaston, Citizen
        Ms. Teresa Hislop, Mother

Chair Osmond adjourned the meeting at 4:03 pm.

Minutes were reported by Wendy Hill, Secretary.



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Sen. Aaron Osmond