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Education Policy

TWENTY-NINTH MEETING

2019-2020 Regular Session - February 28, 2020

STATE OF MINNESOTA TWENTY-NINTH MEETING
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES NINETY-FIRST SESSION

EDUCATION POLICY COMMITTEE

MINUTES

Representative Cheryl Youakim, Chair of the Committee, called the meeting to order at 9:06 A.M. on, Friday, February 28, 2020, in Room 5 of the State Office Building.

The Committee Legislative Assistant noted the roll.

Members present:

YOUAKIM, Cheryl (Chair)
KUNESH-PODEIN, Mary (Vice-Chair)
ERICKSON, Sondra (GOP-Lead)
BAKER, Dave
BENNETT, Peggy
BIERMAN, Robert
CHRISTENSEN, Shelly
GRUENHAGEN, Glenn
HASSAN, Hodan
HER, Kaohly
JORDAN, Sydney
MARIANI, Carlos
SANDELL, Steve
SCOTT, Peggy
URDAHL, Dean
WAZLAWIK, Ami

Members excused:
BAHR, Cal
MOLLER, Kelly


A quorum was present.

Representative Christensen moved that the minutes of February 26, 2020 be adopted. THE MOTION PREVAILED.


Mary Cathryn Ricker, Commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Education, gave opening remarks and took questions from members.


HF 2243 (Mariani) Pupil Fair Dismissal Act amended, nonexclusionary disciplinary policies and practices required, and money appropriated. ****INFORMATIONAL****

Representative Mariani presented HF 2243 and took questions on the bill.

Josh Crosson, Senior Policy Director of EdAllies testified in support of the bill.

A group of students from St. Louis Park High School testified in support of the bill. The group included Aliviah McClinton, C.C. Owens, and Ari Balfour.


HF 1761 (Hassan) Pupil nonexclusionary disciplinary policies and practices provided, and report required. ****INFORMATIONAL****

Representative Hassan presented HF 1761 and took questions on the bill.

Maren Hulden, attorney with Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid, testified in support of the bill.

Susan Montgomery, a parent advocate, testified in support of the bill.


HF 3396 (Her) Student discipline and nonexclusionary disciplinary policies and practices modified.

Representative Her moved HF 3396 be recommended to be placed on the General Register.

Representative Her presented HF 3396 and took questions on the bill.

Marikay Camaga Litzau, Director of Compliance and Assistance with the Minnesota Department of Education testified in support of the bill.

Daron Korte, Assistant Commissioner with the Minnesota Department of Education, testified in support of the bill.

The following public testifiers spoke in support of the bill:
Jonelle Ellis, a parent advocate;
Erica Valliant, a parent advocate;
Libby Gunther, a parent advocate;
Dr. Justin Killian from Education Minnesota;
Idil Abdull, a parent advocate;
Mai Thao, an educator with St. Paul Public Schools;
Matthew Shaver, a teacher at Northeast College Prep.

The following public testifiers spoke regarding the bill:
Mark Mischke, Principal from Buffalo-Hanover-Montrose High Schools;
Tom Brenner, Principal from Cloquet Middle School;
Mary Macbee, Former Principal from St. Paul Central High School;
Jon Millerhagen, Executive Director from the Minnesota Association of Elementary School Principals.

Testifiers took member questions on the bill.

The meeting recessed at 12:42 P.M.
The meeting reconvened at 1:04 P.M.

Chair Youakim laid HF 3396 on the table.


HF 55 (Jurgens) School meal provisions modified.

Chair Youakim moved HF 55 be recommended to be placed on the General Register.

Chair Youakim moved the DE2 Amendment. THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Representative Jurgens presented HF 55.

Jessica Webster, attorney from Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid, testified in support of the bill.

Colleen Moriarty, Executive Director of Hunger Solutions Minnesota, testified in support of the bill.

Michelle Koffa, Policy Manager with EdAllies, testified in support of the bill.

Denise Dittrich, Director of Government Relations with the Minnesota School Board Association, testified regarding the bill.

Chair Youakim renewed her motion that HF 55, as amended, be recommended to be placed on the General Register. THE MOTION PREVAILED.


HF 3396 (Her) [Con’td.] Student discipline and nonexclusionary disciplinary policies and practices modified.

Representative Erickson moved the A1 Amendment. THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE AMDENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Chair Youakim renewed Representative Her’s motion that HF 3396, as amended, be recommended to be placed on the General Register. THE MOTION PREVAILED.


HF 1901 (Carlson, A.) Student death school board policy required.

Representative Wazlawik moved HF 1901 be recommended to be placed on the General Register.

Chair Youakim moved the A1 Amendment. THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Representative Carlson, A. presented HF 1901.

Tarra Grammenos testified in support of the bill.

Kim Lewis, Director of Government Relations from the Minnesota School Board Association, testified regarding the bill.

Chair Youakim renewed Representative Wazlawik’s motion that HF 1901, as amended, be recommended to be placed on the General Register. THE MOTION PREVAILED.


HF 244 (Claflin) School districts required to conduct radon testing.

Representative Jordan moved HF 244 be re-referred to the Health and Human Services Finance Division.

Representative Jordan moved the DE1 Amendment. THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Chair Youakim moved the A1 Amendment. THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Representative Claflin presented HF 244 and took questions on the bill.

Dan Tranter, Indoor Air Unit Supervisor at the Minnesota Department of Health took member questions on the bill.

Chair Youakim renewed Representative Jordan’s motion that HF 244, as amended, be re-referred to the Health and Human Services Finance Division. THE MOTION PREVAILED.


HF 3123 (Christensen) Student athlete concussion and sudden cardiac arrest information and training required.

Representative Christensen moved HF 3123 be recommended to be placed on the General Register.

Representative Christensen moved the DE1 Amendment. THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Representative Christensen presented HF 3123 and took questions on the bill.

Gayle and Mike Schoonover testified in support of the bill.

Amy Hallstrom testified in support of the bill.

Roger Aronson, lobbyist for the Minnesota State High School League testified in support of the bill.

Chair Youakim renewed Representative Christensen’s motion that HF 3123, as amended, be recommended to be placed on the General Register. THE MOTION PREVAILED.


HF 250 (Jordan) Sexual assault; affirmative consent instruction in schools required, and money appropriated.

Representative Jordan moved HF 250 be re-referred to the Education Finance Division.

Representative Jordan presented HF 250 and took questions on the bill.

Adrianna Perez, Prevention Program Coordinator with the Minnesota Coalition Against Sexual Assault, testified in support of the bill.

Abby Honold, survivor and advocate testified in support of the bill.

Kim Lewis, Director of Government Relations from the Minnesota School Board Association, testified regarding the bill.

Chair Youakim renewed Representative Jordan’s motion that HF 250 be re-referred to the Education Finance Division. THE MOTION PREVAILED.


HF 575 (Huot) Unclaimed drugs or medications in schools disposal provided.

Chair Youakim moved HF 575 be recommended to be placed on the General Register.

Representative Huot presented HF 575.

Molly Forrest, a nurse with IMD 287, testified in support of the bill.

Chair Youakim renewed her motion that HF 575 be recommended to be placed on the General Register. THE MOTION PREVAILED.


HF 1422 (Baker) Seizure training required in schools.

Representative Baker moved HF 1422 be recommended to be placed on the General Register.

Representative Baker moved the A1 Amendment. THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Representative Baker presented HF 1422 and took questions on the bill.

Jamila Pickett, Senior Program Coordinator of Education at the Epilepsy Foundation of Minnesota testified in support of the bill.

Trisha and Rachel Zeller, a parent and student affected by epilepsy, testified in support of the bill.

Valerie Dosland, lobbyist for the Minnesota Association of School Administrators, testified regarding the bill.

Chair Youakim renewed Representative Baker’s motion that HF 1422, as amended, be recommended to be placed on the General Register. THE MOTION PREVAILED.



The meeting was adjourned at 2:56 P.M.





Representative Cheryl Youakim, Chair




Megan Arriola,
Committee Legislative Assistant



More Info On This Meeting..
Bills Added:
  • HF2243 (Mariani) - Pupil Fair Dismissal Act amended, nonexclusionary disciplinary policies and practices required, and money appropriated.
  • HF1761 (Hassan) - Pupil nonexclusionary disciplinary policies and practices provided, and report required.
  • HF3396 (Her) - Student discipline and nonexclusionary disciplinary policies and practices modified.
  • HF55 (Jurgens) - School meal provisions modified.
  • HF1901 (Carlson) - Student death school board policy required.
  • HF575 (Huot) - Unclaimed drugs or medications in schools disposal provided.
  • HF244 (Claflin) - Radon testing required by school districts.
  • HF3123 (Christensen) - Sudden cardiac arrest prevention standards, safety and awareness education, and required training for coaches and officials of youth activities established.
  • HF250 (House author not found.) - Sexual assault; affirmative consent instruction in schools required, and money appropriated.
  • HF1422 (Baker) - Seizure training required in schools.
Documents:
House TV Video:
View Archive

03:03 - Comments by the Department of Education Commissioner Mary Cathryn Ricker.
13:00 - Informational hearing on HF2243 (Mariani) Pupil Fair Dismissal Act amended, nonexclusionary disciplinary policies and practices required, and money appropriated.
55:24 - Informational hearing on HF1761 (Hassan) Pupil nonexclusionary disciplinary policies and practices provided, and report required.
1:25:15 - HF3396 (Her) Student discipline and nonexclusionary disciplinary policies and practices modified.
The committee recessed.
Runs 3 hours, 35 minutes.


HF2243* (Mariani) - Pupil Fair Dismissal Act amended, nonexclusionary disciplinary policies and practices required, and money appropriated. (INFORMATIONAL ONLY)

HF1761* (Hassan) - Pupil nonexclusionary disciplinary policies and practices provided, and report required. (INFORMATIONAL ONLY)

HF3396** (Her) - Student discipline and nonexclusionary disciplinary policies and practices modified.

HF55 (Jurgens) – School meal provisions modified.

HF1901 (Carlson, A.) - Student death school board policy required.

HF575*** (Huot) - Unclaimed drugs or medications in schools disposal provided.

HF244*** (Claflin) - School districts required to conduct radon testing.

HF 3123 (Christensen) - Student athlete concussion and sudden cardiac arrest information and training required.

HF250 (Jordan) - Sexual assault; affirmative consent instruction in schools required, and money appropriated.

HF1422 (Baker) - Seizure training required in schools.

More agenda items may be added.


NOTES:

*HF 2243 and HF1761 will be heard on an informational basis only; no official action or outside testimony will be taken.

**Testimony for HF3396 will be limited to 30 minutes total for those in support and 30 minutes for those with concerns.

***No public testimony will be taken on HF575 and HF244 as the bills received hearings in the Education Policy Committee in 2019 and were included in HF1711, the Committee’s 2019 policy bill.

If you wish to testify on any of these bills, please contact Committee Administrator Alyssa Fritz (alyssa.fritz@house.mn) by 12:00pm on Thursday, February 27.

Testifiers should reference the bill for which they wish to testify and if they will be testifying for or against the legislation. Testimony may be limited due to time constraints at the discretion of the Chair, so please prepare remarks of 1 to 2 minutes.

Materials must be submitted by 9 AM on Thursday, February 27 in order to be included in committee member folders. Materials can be submitted electronically to Alyssa Fritz (alyssa.fritz@house.mn) or by dropping off 75 hard copies at Megan Arriola’s desk outside of Room 591.