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Minnesota Legislature
2015-2016 Regular Session

TWENTY-NINTH MEETING - Education Innovation Policy

March 22, 2016

STATE OF MINNESOTA TWENTY-NINTH MEETING
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES EIGHTY-NINTH SESSION

EDUCATION INNOVATION POLICY COMMITTEE 2015-2016
MINUTES

Representative Sondra Erickson, Chair of the Education Innovation Policy Committee, called the meeting to order at 8:16 AM on March 22, 2016, in the Basement Hearing Room of the State Office Building.

The Committee Legislative Assistant noted the roll.

Members present:

ERICKSON, Sondra Chair
BENNETT, Peggy Vice Chair
BLY, David
CHRISTENSEN, Drew
DAVNIE, Jim
FLANAGAN, Peggy
KRESHA, Ron
LUCERO, Eric
MARIANI, Carlos
MORAN, Rena
NORNES, Bud
PIERSON, Nels
SELCER, Yvonne
URDAHL, Dean
WARD, JoAnn
WHELAN, Abigail
WILLS, Anna
YARUSSO, Barb



Members excused:
PETERSON, Roz


Representative Erickson called the meeting to order at 8:19 A.M. A quorum was present.

Representative Kresha moved that the minutes of March 17, 2016 be approved. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Testifiers:
Mariani(HF2944); Student Improved and equitable access to effective and more diverse teachers provided.

Representative Mariani moved that HF2944 be re-referred to the Committee on Education Finance.

Representative Mariani testified in favor of HF2944.

Representative Erickson moved to incorporate a technical oral amendment, on page 6 line 12 striking the word “nine” from the sentence. THE ORAL AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED, AS INCORPORATED.

Vichet Chhuon, U of M Professor, testified in favor of HF2944.

Ea Porter, University of Saint Thomas Recruiter, testified in favor of HF2944.

Robbie Burnett, MNSU Mankato Recruiter and Professor, testified in favor of HF2944.

Paul Spies, Professor MNSU Metro State Professor testified in favor of HF2944.

DeShawn Woods, SPPS Para-professional, testified in favor of HF2944.

Tyler Koonce, Student-teacher, testified in favor HF2944.

Elsa Leven, SPPS Bilingual Educator/Current St. Cloud State Adjunct Faculty and Doctoral Candidate, testified in favor of HF2944.

Henry Jimenez, testified in favor of HF2944, and the positive outcome it could have for Latino students.

Nekey Oliver, Office of Higher Education, testified in favor of 2944, noted possible fiscal impacts for implementation, and concerns with timeline implementation.

Adosh Unni, Minnesota Department of Education Director of Government Relations, testified in favor of HF2944, ESSA compliance, and capturing intent for implementation.

Representative Erickson renewed the motion that HF2944 be re-referred, as amended, to the Committee on Education Finance. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

HF3123(Howe); Special election timeline to fill a vacancy on a school board modified.

Representative Erickson moved HF3123 be re-referred to the Committee on Government Operations and Elections.

Representative Erickson moved the H3123A1 author’s amendment. THE MOTION PREVAILED AND THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

James Haggar, Education Minnesota, testified in favor to HF3123, with concern to public input.

Tami Martin, Superintendent of the Gibbons Fairfax Winthrop School District, testified in favor of HF3123.

Bill Holmgren, Director of Finance for Columbia Heights School, testified in favor of HF3123.

Joel Albright, School Board Member of Rosemount/Apple Valley School District, testified in favor of HF3123.

Representative Erickson renewed the motion HF3123 be re-referred, as amended, to the committee on Government Operations and Elections. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

HF2695(Runbeck); Dyslexia specialists required, and money appropriated.

Representative Erickson renewed the motion that HF2695, as amended, be re-referred to the committee on Education Finance.

Representative Erickson moved the A16-0896 Amendment. THE MOTION PREVAILED AND THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Rachel Berger, Minnesota Chair Decoding Dyslexia, testified in favor HF2695.

Jodi Smith, Special Education Teacher Kennedy High School, testified in favor HF2695.

Shawna Hedlund, Parents United for Public Schools, testified in favor of HF2695.

Karen Marttinen, Decoding Dyslexia, testified in favor of HF2695.

The meeting was recessed at 10:03 A.M.

The meeting reconvened at 5:03 P.M.

Representative Erickson moved a technical change to HF2695, on page 1 line 2 strike “dyslexia” and insert “literacy/dyslexia”. THE MOTION PREVAILED AND THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Daron Korte, Assist Commissioner Minnesota Department of Education, testified in favor of HF2695.

Representative Erickson renewed the motion HF2695 be re-referred, as amended, to the committee on Education Finance. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

HF2670(Kresha); Early learning scholarships, home visiting programs, parent aware activities funding increased; early learning scholarships cap eliminated; eligible age range for early learning scholarships and targeted home visiting program expanded, and money appropriated.

Representative Erickson moved HF2670 be re-referred to the committee on Education Finance.

Representative Erickson moved the H2670A1 author’s amendment. THE MOTION PREVAILED AND THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Representative Kresha testified in favor of HF2670.

Laura LaCroix Dalluhn, Minnesota Coalition of Targetted Home Visiting, testified in favor of HF2670.

Frank Forsburg, Minneminds, testified in favor of HF2670.

Jodee Buhr, Education Minnesota, testified in favor of HF2670.

Janet Kujat, Kindergarten Teacher Minneapolis Public Schools, testified in favor of HF2670.

Erica Maass, Parent Aware for School Readiness, testified in favor of HF2670.

Rick Heller, Twice Exceptional Print Disabled (unofficial), testified on content accessibility with grant and scholarship money appropriated through state funds.

Representative Erickson renewed the motion that HF2670 be re-referred, as amended, to the committee on Education Finance. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

HF3066(Erickson); Early Childhood and prekindergarten through grade 12 education, including general education, education excellence, charter schools, special education, facilities and technologies, and sufficiency and lifelong learning program.

Representative Erickson moved that HF3066 be laid over for possible inclusion in an omnibus bill.

Representative Erickson moved the A16-0897 amendment. THE MOTION PREVAILED AND THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Adosh Unni, Director of Government Relations, testified in favor of HF3066. Explained Minnesota Department of Education policies and procedures in HF3066.

Representative Erickson renewed the motion that HF3066, as amended, be laid over for possible inclusion in an omnibus bus. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

The meeting was adjourned at 6:08 P.M.




Representative Sondra Erickson, Chair




Tom Brennan, Committee Legislative Assistant
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Agenda:

Bills may be taken in any order. Bills may be added. ***If necessary, the committee will reconvene at 5 p.m. in the Basement Hearing Room if the agenda is not completed during scheduled time*** ***If you are interested in testifying, please contact Tom Brennan at tom.brennan@house.mn with the number of the bill you plan on testifying for***

Bills Added:
  • HF3123 (Howe) - Special election timeline to fill a vacancy on a school board modified.
  • HF3066 (Erickson) - Early childhood and prekindergarten through grade 12 education, including general education, education excellence, charter schools, special education, facilities and technology, and sufficiency and lifelong learning provided.
  • HF2944 (Mariani) - All students, including low income and minority students, provided with improved and equitable access to effective and more diverse teachers.
  • HF2695 (Runbeck) - Literacy and dyslexia specialists required, and money appropriated.
  • HF2670 (Kresha) - Early learning scholarships, home visiting programs, and parent aware activities funding increased; early learning scholarship cap eliminated; and eligible age range for early learning scholarships and targeted home visiting program expanded.