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Education Policy

TWENTY-SIXTH MEETING

2013-2014 Regular Session - March 05, 2014

STATE OF MINNESOTA TWENTY-SIXTH 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 6:53 PM, March 5, 2014 in Room 10 of the State Office Building.

The Committee Legislative Assistant noted the roll.

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

Members excused:
Faust


A quorum was present

Rep. Yarusso moved that the minutes of July 9, 2013 be approved. THE MOTION PREVAILED

Rep. Leidiger moved that the minutes of February 18, 2014 be approved. THE MOTION PREVAILED

Rep. Sawatsky moved that the minutes of February 20, 2014 be approved. THE MOTION PREVAILED

Rep. Brynaert moved that the minutes of February 27, 2014 be approved. THE MOTION PREVAILED

Rep. Nornes moved that the minutes of March 3th, 2014 be approved. THE MOTION PREVAILED

Rep. Davnie moved that H.F. 2476 be re-referred to the Committee on Education Finance

Rep. Davnie presented H.F. 2476 (Davnie) Restrictive procedures standards clarified for schools, and money appropriated

The following people offered testimony on H.F. 2476:
Sue Abderholden, NAMI Minnesota
Connie Hayes, Intermediate District Special Education Director

Rep. Davnie renews his motion that H.F. 2476 be re-referred to the Committee on Education Finance. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

The following presenters provided an overview of the recommendations of the Special Education Caseloads Task Force:
Don McNeil, Task Force Co-Chair
Todd Travis, Task Force Co-Chair
Rose Hermodson, Asst. Comm., Minnesota Department of Education

Rep. Sawatzky moved that H.F. 2693 be re-referred to the Committee on Government Operations

Rep. Sawatzky presented H.F. 2693 (Sawatzky) Special Education Case Load and Rule Alignment Task Force (2014) recommendations implemented, and commissioner of education authorized to use expedited rulemaking to implement the rule recommendations of the task force

Rep. Sawatzky renewed her motion that H.F. 2693 be re-referred to the Committee on Government Operations. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Rep. Sawatzky moved that H.F. 2568 be re-referred to the Committee on Civil Law

Rep. Sawatzky presented H.F. 2568 (Sawatzky) Special education; paperwork burdens rediced by creating a unified online system for collecting and reporting required special education due process data and thereby increasing opportunities for special education educators to focus on teaching students.

Rep. Sawatzky presented H.F. 2568 (Sawatzky) Recovery program additional funding sources created for students, and money appropriated.

Rep. Sawatzky moved to amend H.F. 2568 (see attached amendment H2568A1) THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED

The following people offered testimony on H.F. 2568, as amended:
Jesse Montano, Deputy Commissioner, Minnesota Department of Education
Jill Scarboro, Moorhead Area Public Schools
Rose Gebhart, Special Ed Teacher, Minneapolis
Dana Flanders-Turman, Task Force Member and Special Ed Teacher, Centennial High School
Diane Schultz, Special Ed Teacher, South Washington County Schools
Cindy McInroy, Speech-language pathologist, Bloomington Public Schools and Health

Rep. Sawatzky renewed her motion that H.F. 2568 be re-referred to the Committee on Civil Law, as amended. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:44 PM




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Representative Carlos Mariani, Chair



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Jamael Lundy, Committee Legislative Assistant
More Info On This Meeting..
Bills Added:
  • HF2476 (Davnie) - Restrictive procedures standards clarified for schools, and money appropriated.
  • HF2693 (Sawatzky) - Special Education Case Load and Rule Alignment Task Force 2014 recommendations implemented, and commissioner of education authorized to use expedited rulemaking to implement the rule recommendations of the task force.
  • HF2568 (Sawatzky) - Special education; paperwork burdens reduced by creating a unified online system for collecting and reporting required special education due process data and thereby increasing opportunities for special education educators to focus on teaching students.
Documents:

After HF2476, the Department of Education will present an overview of the recommendations from the Special Education Caseloads Task Force