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Education Policy

EIGHTEENTH MEETING

2013-2014 Regular Session - March 12, 2013

STATE OF MINNESOTA EIGHTEENTH MEETING
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES EIGHTY-EIGHTH SESSION

COMMITTEE ON EDUCATION POLICY
Chair, Representative Carlos Mariani

MINUTES

Representative Mariani, Chair of Committee on Education Policy, called the meeting to order at 10:05 A.M. on March 12, 2013 in the Basement Hearing Room of the State Office Building.

The Committee Legislative Assistant noted the roll.

Members present:
Mariani, Chair
Brynaert, Vice Chair
Erickson, S., Lead
Anderson, M.
Barrett
Benson, J.
Bly
Davnie
Erickson, R.
Faust
Isaacson
Kiel
Kresha
Leidiger
Marquart
Morgan
Nornes
Sawatzky
Urdahl
Wills
Yarusso

A quorum was present

Rep. Brynaert moved to have the minutes of March 11, 2013 approved. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Rep. Mariani moved that H.F. 1006 be passed and referred to the General Registry.

Rep. Selcer presented H.F. 1006 (Selcer); Teachers licensed to teach dead and hard-of-hearing students in prekindergarten through grade 12 continuing education clock hour requirements clarified.

The following people testified on H.F. 1006:

Karen Balmer, Executive Director, MN Board of Teaching
Dan Furman, Director of Deaf, Blind Services
Mary Hartnett, Executive Director, Commission of Deaf, Deaf-Blind, and Hard of Hearing

Rep. Mariani renewed his motion that H.F. 1006 be passed and referred to the General Registry. THE MOTION PREVAILED

Rep. Mariani moved that H.F. 638 be recommended to pass and be re-referred to the Committee on Education Finance.

Rep. Newton presented H.F. 638 (Newton); Vision therapy pilot project funding provided, and money appropriated.

The following people offered testimony on H.F. 638:

Dana Flanders-Turman, Special Education Teacher
Jenny Ebel, Special Education Teacher
Dr. Jonathan Schorn, President, MN Optometric Association
Kevin McHenry, Minnesota Department of Minnesota
Brad Lundell, Minnesota Schools for Equality in Education

Rep. Mariani renews his motion that H.F. 638 be recommended to pass and be re-referred to the Committee on Education Finance.

Rep. Mariani moved that H.F. 998 be laid over for possible inclusion in an omnibus bill.

Rep. Moran presented H.F. 998 (Moran); Charter schools additional accountability provided.

The following people offered testimony on H.F. 998:

Alex Medler, VP Policy and Advocacy with the National Association of Charter School Authorizers
Brain Sweezy, Director of External Affairs, Charter School Partners
Eugene Piccolo, MN Association of Charter Schools
Erin Anderson, Audubon Center of the North Woods
Rod Haenke, Audubon Center of the North Woods
Joe Nathan, Director, Center for School Change
Daniel Sellers, Executive Director, MinnCan

Chair Mariani laid this bill over.

The meeting was recessed at 11:33 A. M.

The meeting was reconvened at 6:10 P.M.

Chair Mariani brought H.F. 998 before the committee

Chair Mariani laid over this bill.

Rep. Mariani moved that H.F. 860 be laid over for possible inclusion in an omnibus bill.

Rep. Bernardy presented H.F. 860 (Bernardy); English language learning aid for students not yet proficient in the English language extended from five to seven years.

The following people offered testimony on H.F. 860:

Kevin McHenry, Minnesota Department of Education
Scott Croonquist, Association of Metropolitan School Districts
Snejnana Besanova, Minnesota School board Association
Brad Lundell, Minnesota Schools for Equality in Education
Jan Alswager, Education Minnesota
Joe Nathan, Director, Center for School Change

Rep. Brynaert Assumed the gavel at 7:38

Chair Brynaert laid this bill over.

Chair Mariani reassumed the gavel at 8:01 P.M.

Rep. Morgan moved that H.F. 1059 be laid over for possible inclusion in an omnibus bill.

Rep. Morgan presented H.F. 1059 (Morgan); Charter school provided for, and annual portfolio report authorized

Rep. Morgan moved to amend H.F. 1059, (see attached amendment H1059A1) THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED

The following people offered testimony on H.F. 1059, as amended:

Kathy Saltzman, State Director, StudentsFirst
Michelle Humphries, Former Teacher, Teacher Fellow with StudentsFirst
Eugene Piccolo, MN Association of Charter Schools
Erin Anderson, Audubon Center of the North Woods
Joe Nathan, Director, Center for School Change

Chair Mariani laid this bill over

Rep. Mariani moved that H.F. 1220 be passed and re-referred to the Committee on Government Operations

Rep. Winkler presented H.F. 1220 (Wrinkler); Online Advisory Council modified

The following people offered testimony on H.F. 1220:

Jon Tollefson, Minnesota High Tech Association
Jon Voss, Minnesota Online Learning Advisory Council

Rep. Mariani moved to orally amend H.F. 1220 as follows:

Page 3, Line 3.5, after online insert "and Digital"

The committee voted on the amendment. THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED

Rep. Mariani renewed his motion that H.F. 1220 be passed and re-referred to the Committee on Government Operations. THE MOTION PREVAILED

Rep. Bly moved that H.F. 685 be laid over for possible consideration in an omnibus bill

Rep. Bly presented H.F. 685 (Bly); At-risk and off-track students alternative routes to a standard diploma established

The following people offered testimony on H.F. 685:

Bill Ziminiewicz, Jennings Community Learning Center
Jake Schwartz, Student
Dana Bennis, Director of Research and Program Institute for Democratic Change in America
Joe Nathan, Director, Center for School Change
Ted Kolderie, Associate, Education Evolving

Chair Mariani laid this bill over.

Rep. Brynaert assumed the gavel at 9:17 P.M.

Rep. Mariani moved that H.F. 1089 be laid over for possible inclusion in an omnibus bill.

Rep. Mariani presented H.F. 1089 (Mariani); Charter School Provisions Modified

Chair Brynaert laid this bill over.

The meeting adjourned at 9:22 P.M.

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Representative Carlos Mariani, Chair



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Jamael Lundy, Committee Legislative Assistant
More Info On This Meeting..
Bills Added:
  • HF1059 (Morgan) - Charter school provided, and annual portfolio report authorized.
  • HF998 (Moran) - Charter schools additional accountability provided.
  • HF685 (Bly) - At-risk and off-track students alternative routes to a standard diploma established.
  • HF638 (Newton) - Vision therapy pilot project created, funding provided, and money appropriated.
  • HF1089 (Mariani) - Charter school provisions modified.
  • HF1006 (Selcer) - Teachers licensed to teach deaf and hard-of-hearing students in pre-kindergarten through grade 12 continuing education clock hour requirements clarified.
  • HF860 (Bernardy) - English language learning aid for students not yet proficient in the English language extended from five to seven years.
  • HF1220 (Winkler) - Online and Digital Learning Advisory Council modified.
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The agenda order is subject to change.