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TWENTY-SEVENTH MEETING - K-12 Education Policy and Oversight

2009-2010 Regular Session

STATE OF MINNESOTA TWENTY-SEVENTH MEETING
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES EIGHTY-SIXTH SESSION

K-12 EDUCATION POLICY & OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE

MINUTES


Representative Carlos Mariani, Chair of the K-12 Education Policy & Oversight Committee, unofficially called the twenty-seventh meeting to order at 8:35 AM on Wednesday, March 18, 2009 in the basement hearing room of the State Office Building.


The Committee Legislative Assistant noted the roll:


Members present:


MARIANI, Carlos (Chair)
KATH, Kory
ABELER, Jim
BENSON, John
BRYNAERT, Kathy
DAVNIE, Jim
DEMMER, Randy
DITTRICH, Denise
DOEPKE, Connie
DOWNEY, Keith
FAUST, Tim
GREILING, Mindy
LOON, Jenifer
MCFARLANE, Carol
MURDOCK, Mark
NEWTON, Jerry
NORNES, Bud
NORTON, Kim
OBERMUELLER, Mike
PETERSON, Sandra
SWAILS, Marsha

Members Excused:

SLAWIK, Nora


A quorum was not present.

HF1212 (Brown)—A bill for an act relating to education; modifying deaf or hard of hearing resource center+ provisions; amending Minnesota Statutes 2008, section 125A.63, subdivision 2, 4.

Rep. Brown presented HF1212.

Chair Mariani officially called the meeting to order at 8:45 AM. A quorum was present.

Chair Mariani moved that HF1212 be recommended to pass and referred to the committee on Finance, with a recommended re-referral to the K-12 Finance Division.

Testifying on behalf of HF1212 were:

Mr. Tom Anderson, parent
Dr. Susan Rose, Director, Department of Deaf and Hard of Hearing Education, University of Minnesota
Mr. J.P. Wilson, Student
Handouts: "Please support SF 1107/HF1212 Require that outcomes for students who are deaf and hard of hearing be reported"

Questions and discussion followed.

Chair Mariani moved the following oral amendment to HF1212, as follows:

Page 1, Line 8, strike "and"
Page 2, Line 1, delete "date regarding" and insert "data-based", and delete "of" and insert "for"
Page 2, Line 3, delete "recommendations and"

Ms. Mary Hartnett, Executive Director, Commission Serving Deaf, Deaf-Blind, and Hard of Hearing Minnesotans, testified to the amendment.

Chair Mariani renewed his motion that the above oral amendment be adopted. THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Chair Mariani laid over HF1212 for possible inclusion in the K-12 Education Policy Omnibus bill.

Rep. Kath assumed the gavel at 8:55 AM.

HF1538 (Mariani) - A bill for an act relating to education; fostering educational innovation to improve student and school performance; amending Minnesota Statutes 2008, section 126C.10, subdivision 2; proposing coding for new law in Minnesota Statutes, chapter 120B.

Rep. Mariani moved that HF1538 be recommended to pass.

Rep. Mariani presented HF1538.
Handout: "Building Policymaking Capacity Proposals: MN Legislative Session 2009"

Rep. Mariani moved the H1538A4 amendment.

Rep. Mariani presented the H1538A4 amendment.

Rep. Mariani moved that H1538A4 amendment be adopted. THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Questions and discussion followed.

Rep. Mariani moved that HF1538, as amended, be laid over for possible inclusion on the K-12 Education Policy omnibus bill.

HF1188 (Winkler) -- A bill for an act relating to education; pursuing E-16 reforms to improve and expand opportunities for all students to attain educational success; establishing E-16 advisory subcommittees.

Chair Kath moved that HF1188 be recommended to pass.

Rep. Winkler presented HF1188.

Testifying on behalf of HF1188 was:

Ms. Angie Eilers, Growth and Justice
Handout: "Smart Investments in Minnesota’s Students" PowerPoint Presentation

Questions and discussion followed.

Rep. Abeler moved an oral amendment to HF1188, as follows:

Page 1, Line 14, delete "three" and insert "two" and delete "one" and insert "two"
Page 1, Line 16, delete "three" and insert "two" and delete "one" and insert "two"

THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Chair Kath laid over HF1188 for possible inclusion in the K-12 Education Policy Omnibus bill.

Rep. Murdock moved to adopt the minutes from the March 12, 2009 and the March 17, 2009 hearings. THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE MINUTES WERE ADOPTED.

Chair Kath recessed committee at 10:00 AM.

Chair Mariani reconvened the committee at 7:38 PM.

HF575 (Simon) (first engrossment)—A bill for an act relating to driver’s licenses; modifying driver education requirements for obtaining an instruction permit; amending Minnesota Statutes 2008, section 171.05, subdivision 2.

Chair Mariani moved that HF575, first engrossment, be recommended to pass and referred to the Committee on Finance, with a recommended re-referral to the K-12 Finance Division.

Chair Mariani moved the H0575A4 amendment. THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Rep. Simon presented HF575, first engrossment, as amended.
Handouts: "Minnesotans for Safe Driving"
"Features and Benefits of Online Driver’s Education"
"Minnesota Department of Public Safety: Report to the Legislature on Internet-Based Driver Education"
Map of Driving Schools in Minnesota

Testifying to the Department of Public Safety’s position on HF575, first engrossment, as amended:

Ms. Deb Carlson, Exam Program Manager, Driver and Vehicle Services, Minnesota Department of Public Safety

Testifying on behalf of HF575, first engrossment, as amended, was:

Ms. Debbie Prudhomme, Owner, Training Wheels Driver Education

Questions and discussion followed.

Testifying against HF575, first engrossment, as amended, were:

Mr. Frank Thissen, past president and board member, Minnesota Driving and Traffic Safety Education Assocation
Mr. Charles Hayssen, Owner, Safeway Driving School
Ms. Jan Alswager, Education Minnesota
Mr. David Beranek, Owner, Classic Driving Schools
Handouts: "Right-Way Driving School"
"IFM opposition to online driver’s education proposal"
"Professional Driving Association of Northern Minnesota"

Chair Mariani renewed his motion that HF575, as amended, be recommended to pass, and referred to the Committee on Finance, with a recommended re-referral to the K-12 Finance Division.

Chair Mariani called for a division.

With 5 Ayes and 10 Nays, THE MOTION DID NOT PREVAIL.

Chair Kath assumed the gavel at 8:46 PM.

HF1186 (Mariani) – A bill for an act relating to education; establishing a center for legislative educational analysis research and navigation in the next generation; proposing coding for new law in Minnesota Statutes, chapter 127A.

Rep. Mariani moved that HF1186 be recommended to pass.

Rep. Mariani moved the H1186DE5 amendment. THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Rep. Mariani presented HF1186, as amended.
Handout: "Building Our Economy by Educating Our Future: AMSD 2009 Legislative Platform"

Testifying on behalf of HF1186, as amended, were:

Dr. Mark Wolak, Superintendent, Mahtomedi Public Schools
Mr. Jerry Robicheau, Center for Engaged Leadership, Minnesota State – Mankato
Ms. Mary Ceconni, Executive Director, Parents United for Public Schools
Handout: "Public Education Policymaking and Funding Decisions in Minnesota: The Need for a Rational, Non-Partisan Process"

Questions and discussion followed.

Chair Kath laid over HF1186, as amended, for possible inclusion in the K-12 Education Policy Omnibus bill.

HF1359 (Peterson) – A bill for an act relating to education; requiring school districts to offer at least two academic years of elective high school level world languages courses; amending Minnesota Statutes 2008, sections 120B.022, subdivision 1; 120B.023, subdivision 2.

Rep. Peterson moved that HF1359 be recommended to pass.

Rep. Peterson moved the H1359A2 amendment. THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Rep. Peterson presented HF1359, as amended.

Testifying on behalf of HF1359, as amended, were:

Ms. Anita Ratwik, Coordinator, Minnesota New Visions in Action
Ms. Kimberly Miller, Minnesota Advocates for Immersion Network
Ms. Betty Lotterman, teacher, Mounds View School District
Handouts: "Restores the statute requiring school districts to offer two years of a world language now, and three years b the 2015-2016 school year."
"Minnesota New Visions in Action"
"Many Languages, Many Voices, One State" Their Legacy Past and Present" Brochure

Questions and discussion followed.

Rep. Peterson moved an oral amendment to HF1359, as amended, as follows:

Page 1, Line 13, after "of" insert "sequential"
Page 1, Line 14, after "of" insert "sequential"

Questions and discussion followed.

Rep. Peterson withdrew her oral amendment.

Questions and discussion followed.

Testifying against HF1359, as amended, was:

Mr. Kirk Schneidawind, Minnesota School Board Assocation

Chair Kath laid over HF1359, as amended, for possible inclusion in the K-12 Education Policy omnibus bill.

The hearing was adjourned at 9:54 PM.

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REP. CARLOS MARIANI, CHAIR


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Celeste Marin
Committee Legislative Assistant
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Agenda:

HF1538 (Mariani) Educational innovation fostered to improve student and school performance. HF1188 (Winkler) E-16 reforms pursued to improve and expand opportunities for all students to attain educational success, and E-16 advisory subcommittees established. HF575 (Simon) Driver education requirements modified for obtaining an instruction permit. HF1186 (Mariani) Center established for legislative educational analysis research and navigation in the next generation. HF1212 (Brown) Deaf or hard of hearing resource center provisions modified. HF1359 (Peterson) School districts required to offer at least two academic years of elective high school level world languages courses.

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