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ELEVENTH MEETING - Education Policy

2019-2020 Regular Session

STATE OF MINNESOTA ELEVENTH MEETING
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES NINETY-FIRST SESSION

EDUCATION POLICY COMMITTEE

MINUTES

Representative Cheryl Youakim, Chair of the Committee, called the meeting to order at 10:02 AM on Monday, February 25, 2019 in Room 5 of the State Office Building. A quorum was present.

The Committee Legislative Assistant noted the roll.

Members Present:

YOUAKIM, Cheryl, Chair
KUNESH-PODEIN, Mary, Vice Chair
ERICKSON, Sondra, GOP Lead
BAHR, Cal
BENNETT, Peggy
BIERMAN, Robert
CHRISTENSEN, Shelly
GRUENHAGEN, Glenn
HASSAN, Hodan
HER, Kaohly
HUOT, John
MOLLER, Kelly
SANDELL, Steve
SCOTT, Peggy
URDAHL, Dean
WAZLAWIK, Ami

Members Excused:
BAKER, Dave

Members Absent:
MARIANI, Carlos

Representative Huot moved to approve the minutes for the Wednesday, February 20, 2019 meeting. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Presentation: Overview of Interim SPED Informal Working Group

Denise Dittrich, Minnesota School Boards Association, Government Relations
Irina Soboleva, New Ulm Public Schools, Special Services Coordinator
Jeff Bertrang, New Ulm Public Schools, Superintendent

HF1005 (Pryor) – Conciliation conference requirements amended.

Representative Wazlawik moved that HF1005 be laid over for possible inclusion in an omnibus bill.

Representative Pryor introduced HF1005.

Sara Stack, Minneapolis Public Schools, testified in support of HF1005.
Jody Manning, PACER’s Parent Training and Information Center, testified in opposition to HF1005.
Sarah Clarke, PACER Center, testified on HF1005.

Representative Youakim renewed the motion that HF1005 be laid over for possible inclusion in an omnibus bill. THE BILL WAS LAID OVER.

HF853 (Torkelson) – Individualized education programs; functional behavior assessments allowed under certain circumstances.

Representative Erickson moved that HF853 be laid over for possible inclusion in an omnibus bill.

Representative Torkelson introduced HF853.

Andrew Heideman, Anoka-Hennepin Public Schools, testified in support of HF853.
Jillian Nelson, Autism Society of Minnesota, testified in support of HF853.
Idil Abdull, parent of a child with disabilities, testified in support of HF853.

Representative Youakim renewed the motion that HF853 be laid over for possible inclusion in an omnibus bill. THE BILL WAS LAID OVER.

HF854 (Torkelson) – Education; conciliation conference eliminated.

Representative Erickson moved that HF854 be laid over for possible inclusion in an omnibus bill.

Representative Torkelson introduced HF854.

Peter Martin, Minnesota School Boards Association, testified in support of HF854.
Maren Christenson, Parent of child with disabilities, testified in opposition to HF854.
Idil Abdull, parent of a child with disabilities, testified in support of HF854.
Jeff Bertrang, New Ulm Public Schools, testified in support of HF854.

Representative Youakim renewed the motion that HF854 be laid over for possible inclusion in an omnibus bill. THE BILL WAS LAID OVER.

HF1289 (Her) – Education prior written notice requirements removed.

Representative Her moved that HF1289 be laid over for possible inclusion in an omnibus bill.

Representative Her moved to adopt the H1289DE1 amendment. THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE AMENDEMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Cory McIntyre, Anoka-Hennepin Public Schools, testified in support of HF1289.
Sarah McClaren, parent of a child with disabilities, testified on HF1289.
Idil Abdull, parent of a child with disabilities, testified in opposition to HF1289.

Representative Gruenhagen moved the H1289A1 amendment.

Representative Gruenhagen withdrew the H1289A1 amendment.

Representative Youakim moved to refer HF1289, as amended, to the Committee on Government Operations. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

HF1390 (Moller) – Individualized education program requirements modified to permit student assessment performance reporting.

Representative Moller moved that HF1390 be laid over for possible inclusion in an omnibus bill.

Representative Moller introduced HF1390.

Representative Moller moved to adopt the H1390A1 amendment. THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Julie Johnson, Robbinsdale Area Schools, testified in support of HF1390.
Gretchen Godfrey, PACER Center, testified on HF1390.
Darren Korte, Minnesota Department of Education, testified on HF1390.
Jeff Bertrang, New Ulm Public Schools, testified on HF1390.

Representative Youakim moved to refer HF1390, as amended, be to the Committee on Government Operations. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

HF1560 (Howard) – Paraprofessionals paid orientation required, paraprofessional training funding provided, and money appropriated.

Representative Youakim moved that HF1560 be laid over for possible inclusion in an omnibus bill.

Representative Her moved to adopt the H1560A1 amendment. THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Representative Howard introduced HF1560.

Cheryl Howard, Elk River School District, Retired SPED teacher, testified in support of HF1560.
Rebecca Wade, Roseville Area Schools, testified in support of HF1560.
Jody Manning, PACER’s Parent Training and Information Center, testified on HF1560.
Idil Abdull, Parent of a child with disabilities, testified in opposition to HF1560.

Representative Youakim renewed the motion that HF1560, as amended, be laid over for possible inclusion in an omnibus bill. THE BILL WAS LAID OVER.

HF1517 (Bennett) – Individualized education program requirements modified.

Representative Bennet moved that HF1517 be laid over for possible inclusion in an omnibus bill.

Representative Bennett moved the H1517A1 amendment. THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Representative Bennet introduced HF1517 as amended.

Laura Pingry-Kile, Director of Specialized Services, Carver County Schools, testified in support of HF1517.
Don McNeil, Parent of child with disabilities, testified in opposition to HF1517.

Representative Youakim renewed the motion that HF1517, as amended, be laid over for possible inclusion in an omnibus bill. THE BILL WAS LAID OVER.

Fhonda Contreras, Hopkins School District, testified on HF853.
Susan Montgomery and Josh Crosson, Ed Allies, testified on HF853, HF854, HF1005, HF1289, HF1390, HF1517, and HF1560.
Rick Heller, Unofficial Twice Exceptional and Print Disabled, testified on HF1390, HF1517, HF1560, and HF853.

The meeting adjourned at 12:19 PM.



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Cheryl Youakim, Chair



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Laura Helgen, Committee Legislative Assistant




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Agenda:

I. Call to Order II. HF853 (Torkelson) - Individualized education programs; functional behavior assessments allowed under certain circumstances. III. HF854 (Torkelson) - Education; conciliation conference eliminated. IV. HF1005 (Pryor) - Conciliation conference requirements amended. V. HF1289 (Her) - Education prior written notice requirements removed. VI. HF1390 (Moller) - Individualized education program requirements modified to permit student assessment performance reporting. VII. HF1517 (Bennett) - Individualized education program requirements modified. VIII. HF1560 (Howard) - Individualized education program requirements short term objectives. IX. Adjournment

Bills Added:
  • HF853 (Torkelson) - Individualized education programs; functional behavior assessments allowed under certain circumstances.
  • HF854 (Torkelson) - Education; conciliation conference eliminated.
  • HF1005 (Pryor) - Conciliation conference requirements amended.
  • HF1289 (Her) - Education; prior written notice working group established.
  • HF1390 (Moller) - Individualized education program requirements modified to permit reporting of student performance on assessments, and rulemaking authorized.
  • HF1517 (Bennett) - Individualized education program requirements modified.
  • HF1560 (Howard) - Paraprofessionals paid orientation required, paraprofessional training funding provided, and money appropriated.
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01:40 - Overview of special education-related paperwork. 15:21 - HF1005 (Pryor) Conciliation conference requirements amended. 29:15 - HF853 (Torkelson) Individualized education programs; functional behavior assessments allowed under certain circumstances. 40:40 - HF854 (Torkelson) Education; conciliation conference eliminated. 1:02:08 - HF1289 (Her) Education prior written notice requirements removed. 1:20:37 - HF1390 (Moller) Individualized education program requirements modified to permit student assessment performance reporting. 1:29:52 - HF1560 (Howard) Paraprofessionals paid orientation required, paraprofessional training funding provided, and money appropriated. 1:51:45 - HF1517 (Bennett) Individualized education program requirements modified. 2:06:40 - Public testimony. Runs 2 hours, 18 minutes.