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Education, provide scholarship grants in the maximum amount of $4200 to eligible students to attend non-public schools. The PCS that you see before you is going to require the State Education Assistance Authority is going to be the administrator of the program. They’re going to be the ones who award the grants. And we’ve got it set up in a two year process right now you’ll see and so I want to tell you what the eligibility is for the first year which would be this upcoming year 2013-14. To be an eligible student in the 2013-2014 year, two factors. You have to reside in a household with an income level not in excess of Free/Reduced Lunch, which is 185% of federal poverty guideline. So you have to meet that first criteria and then you also have to be a full time student assigned to and attending North Carolina public school during the prior 2013 spring semester. So that is the first year requirement. There is two requirements only. Must have been in public school prior semester and must be at Free/Reduced Lunch level or below. And just to reiterate on what the education, the State Education Assistance Authority’s role is going to be in both years, they will be creating temporary rules for all this including a process which will likely be a lottery process, similar to what you may have seen for charter schools in the past. Let me jump into the second year. For school year 2014-15, these are the criteria. You have to reside in a house with an income level, and you can follow along with this basically in the bill summary. You have to reside in a household with an income level not in excess of 133% of the Free/Reduced Lunch level which I think it says there’s about 240% of poverty guidelines. In addition to that requirement, you have to meet one of the following criteria. You have to have been a full time public school student the prior semester, received a scholarship grant the following year, be entering kindergarten or first grade, be a foster student or been adopted the last year. Just the two extra sort of criteria which is a very small number of students. It also sets forth the timelines for the next year. They would start putting out applications out no later than February 1 and doing initial lottery or whatever mechanism they create later than March 1.The 2nd one, let me talk about the award priority especially for the second year. So 1st priority for that 2nd year would go to those students who received the scholarship grant the prior year now they’ve still got to meet the income requirement and that’s going to have gone up slightly so the family could actually have made a little more money in the year and still qualify but they still got to be below the general number. In addition, second priority goes as follows. At least 50% of the funds, of the new funds must be used for students that qualify for Free/reduced Lunch level . That initial level and below. In addition no more than 35% of the funds can be used for grants to students entering kindergarten or 1st grade, and then any remaining funds are doled out just to whose eligible. Again with the amount of the scholarship, for Free/Reduced Lunch students they can get the full $4,200. For students in the below/above sort of that number but below 133%, they can get up to 90% of the 4,200. So there’s some level of parent participation ??. On eligibility, the Education Assistance Authority will verify, they’ll select a random number, a set number to verify and they will on an annual basis also establish rules and they can revoke someone’s award if they don’t follow the rules. With respect to the sort of additional obligations of the SA, I think most of them are actually outlined in Section 115, actually that’s, well let me skip ahead and just go over what are the obligations of the nonpublic schools.
So for the non-public schools receiving grants, they have a number of obligations they have to comply with. They have to provide the SCA with information on tuition and fees every year. They have to conduct certain criminal background check. They have to make sure to provide parents receiving grants with annual written explanations of the student’s progress, including test scores and standardized test. They also have to submit annually the test scores of any standardized test administered to any student receiving a grant—this data is not of public record, these are individual tests, but it will be used for data purposes. And they also need to provide graduation rates of the students receiving grants. Further, they also have to contract with a CPA, and these are to requirements related to what I’ll call schools that have a fairly significant number of students. A lot of schools take a couple students; obviously the burdens that we put on a school taking a couple students are less than a school that takes a hundred students in the scholarship program, and in this example if the school receives more than $300,000 in grants, maybe 70 kids or so, in that instance they’re going to have to go through a financial review with a CPA and provide that information. In addition, if you have more than 25 students, you have to provide aggregate test data. So if you’ve got that many students at your school you’ve gotta provide aggregate test data back to the program. With respect to the endorsement process, the school will be getting money twice a year, and it has to be endorsed by the students’ parents or guardians. Let me let my cosponsors jump in with—I think I’ve covered the basics. [SPEAKER CHANGES] I just want to thank representative Bryan??. I know that he is a freshman, but it did not seem like it working on the bill with him. We really had a deliberative process, and we worked really hard, and I just want to reiterate some of the things that I hear some of the rhetoric that comes out of what this bill is and I wanted to let you know what the bill is not. Some people say this is a way for wealthy people to get scholarships. That is not true. As you can look at the bill that you cannot really make more than $50,000 a year and be able to achieve this. And so I don’t think we can hardly call that wealthy, and one of the things that we also were able to do is to make sure that no matter what, how we deal with this bill in the future or how we deal with this program in the future, that 50% of the kids will always, free or reduced lunches, will always have access to this scholarship which was very important for me because as we go through this bill and as we go through this process, a lot of folks and communities that look like mine, we’re going to have to be able to build the capacity to be able to make sure that people that are going to be able to take advantage of it, and so because of the fact that we have reserved money for 50% of free and reduced lunch kids, I think that we will always have the access questions answered. One of the things that I like about the bill also that we worked with Representatives Brown, Bryan, and Hanes is that any savings that comes out of this, and there will be a savings and every single state that has implemented this has ended up having a savings to the state and North Carolina will be no different, and once we do get the savings that we have set up a place where LEAs?? can go?? and be able to retrieve that money for a public-private partnership. I think that because of all the changes that we make in the bill, I think it’s really one of the better bills that we’ve had in a general assembly, and I think it encompasses the values of both parties, and especially for me as a progressive Democrat this definitely talks about the issues of justice and equal opportunity and equal access, and I’ll just leave you with this because I just want people to understand where it comes from and what that looks like. If you are able to look at a parent and look them dead square in the face, and that parent is a poor parent, and you know that they don’t have the same opportunities and the same access as someone that lives across town, if you are prepared to look them directly in the face to say, “Yes ma'am, I know that your child has had 3 F's on their report card,” “Yes ma'am, I know that they have been suspended twice,” and “Yes ma'am, I know that school is not working for them, but therefore you live in that zipcode you must attend that school,” if you’re prepared to call that progressive, if you’re prepared to call that democratic ideals
If you are prepare to call that equal opportunity and equal access, I would challenge you on that. But I will say that I stand up hear as a progressive democrat and say that I will be fighting for my constituents for equal opportunity and equal access. [Speaker changes] Afternoon members. I just want to thank Representative Bryant for his work, as well as the other co-sponsors of this bill. We worked very, very hard to create a bill that is really working for the future of North Carolina. I say all time, several weeks ago, us four stood on a stage along with the speaker in Greensborough and heard from over three thousand parents all across this state, not just from Greensborough. They traveled miles, miles and miles to come to talk to us and it wasn’t to see us. It was to tell to us and encourage use to continue pushing on with this bill. To make sure we give their kids an opportunity that they don’t current have. And this isn’t just about urban districts, I live in a rural district and this is about opportunity to provide these kids with a future that they don’t currently have. There are community out-reach centers in my district, that if you walk in there, these kids are bright, bright children, who just do not have the opportunity to succeed under their current environment. This is chance for us to align their ability with opportunity, and that is what we need ladies and gentleman, that is a fact, that is the future of North Carolina. I sincerely urge you to help us support this bill. I look forward to information that will be given to us as well. Thank you very much. [Speaker changes] Good afternoon ladies and gentlemen. Talents are universal, but opportunities are not. Talents are universal, but opportunities are not. As I thought about this bill, as we spoke about at our news conference yesterday afternoon and as I contemplated and reflected on my life as public school student, I am a product of the public school in ??? county. My parents were both administrators in the ?? county school system for over thirty five years. My aunts and uncles are all teachers. Most of my cousins are teachers up and down the east coast of this great nation. As I thought about where we stand today, I came to a simple conclusion, and that is all our students in our public schools do not have equal opportunity at a sound and basic education. That is promised to our students constitutionally in this state. A sound and basic opportunity, a chance at that. I firmly believe, that it is perhaps, the number one civil rights issue of our day, education. It keeps our homes sound, it keeps the future of our students sound and according to every statistic once our students are reading at a proficient level at the end of the third grade, it keeps the from being qualified for jail. It keeps them from joining us in rally, colleagues, while we sit on Jones Street and they become qualified for Central Prison. That is simply the reality. When I ran for the North Carolina General Assembly, I ran on the idea of uniting, on the idea of pulling our colleagues here of the General Assembly out of silos and I was not all the way there, when it came to tax credits or vouchers, but as I started doing the research and I started looking at the realities after I gathered information from the Department of Public Instruction with regard to third grade reading proficiency and as I looked across the state I became quite embarrassed at what I saw. I saw numbers that reflected in Charlotte for educational or for economically disadvantaged students, 55% reading proficient, Nash county 55% reading proficient, North Hampton 51% reading proficient, Chapel Hill 48%
Pursued reading proficiency in the third grade Asheboro 49% and then I looked at my own county for 5 to 91 C. Salem , follow shortly become a model of getting the countywide too good a magnet school too many schools and school else, the first to participate in a true public art partition lawsuit shortly that is not what I will find it necessary to such county and Los Alamos 48% reading proficiency at the end for a great loss round elementary schools that are repulsed proficient at 226 percent back in the third grade 33% at the third grade 40% back in the third grade there is nothing equal about that , parents and my children to search a list of solid economic blockade no longer sit back and not take another two years toward 10 months nor two days or two hits your 2¢ 55 and I would join the scrutiny from the front and take a bill that had questions about to try to do what I could do to legislate this bill to make it better I believe that we have done that, is a work in progress and that we will continue to do I also believe that we must 100% we have to support a public schools we have to understandable schools are not only to survive today most of them that you can identify this is a million peace process is a million piece puzzle this is just one of the very small pieces and parts that Jesus to give our parents shorts thank you like that concludes to the outbreak of the most often said that the well as though two believe that the then let them stay: I have the people that that that's the end up with a deadly gases and all you have time and it's that some idiot, Maximilian the problem that had trouble getting through this day and laid the permissible to alternate goal school ?? (SPEAKER CHANGES) against them so that everybody gets equal opportunity if that, that can take some to become an agenda that some of them and let live somewhere good profit that they and buses and give up that we have about this is early of an Indian any specific or so and law starting with that got us and weapons for us but it that that's designed to those who will lead to a film that pays a database that when you please take item is chairman of the Vietnam fell rice and calls a special Samaritans for prosperity today and Sunday from any of us has a base of a regional someone takes real Stefan suter and giving parents the option to choose the school is best for their children about some race and cumbersome to oppose this legislation will tell you that this will really public education of the ideas to new and untested them get the Milton Friedman I introduced back in the fifties that the nation's oldest voucher program Milwaukee pro choice program started 1990 the fairly 1/4 century ago a lot of people that are more born in 1990 a skillet Delphi and should be economically disadvantaged backgrounds wall of people would stand on Crows about the white will allow the public education is what we do know about economically disobey children in our public schools ?? (SPEAKER CHANGES) the Bianco people standing in North Carolina is increased by more than 20% to 2004 during that same can't be achieving the effort economically disciplined Schillo has increased by 9% now so silly not to disobey Shorecrest and integrate as a way that is 30% lower than their peers across the state would offer for education system would require their seven children to school under for ??.....
Sanction, yet we provide no guarantees of quality of performance of those schools. When parents want to move to a better school they are either told no or move to a waiting list of all things because other parents want to do the exact same thing. It’s time to give these families a real chance. Dr. David Figlio of the National Economic Research Bureau found that in Florida’s scholarship program that just means tested, that there has been an increased competitive pressure faced by public schools and that Title 1 schools, Title 1 public schools, students in those schools are performing better. This program helps the schools, the students that go into the privates schools and students left behind in the public schools. I urge your support of this bill. Thank you very much. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Our next speaker, Chris Hill, North Carolina Justice Center. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Speaking against. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Thank you, my name is Chris Hill. I’m with the North Carolina Justice Center. I’m the Direction of the Education and Law project. We represent low-income communities and families in North Carolina and so saying that, I’ve actually spoken to parent that look like me and those that don’t look like me who are economically disadvantaged and had to explain to them there are admission barriers in private schools. There are transportation barriers, there are admission tests, and you might not be able to get in. Even with the voucher. I also them that there’s no evidence in student achievement in Milwaukee and Cleveland, the jurisdictions that have had vouchers the longest, the public school students performed better on proficiency exams than the students that get the vouchers. This diverts, this would divert $100,000 of money from accountable public schools to unaccountable private schools. Even though there’s this threshold limit when the schools have to report, there’s no mandate that they accept that many students and as I’ve said before there are admission barriers. $4,200 is not enough money to go to any private school worth attending. And the other thing I tell parents is that this body has the constitutional responsibility to provide for a free and uniform system of public schools. They should not be digging into their pockets to provide extra money for an education that they should be getting for free. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Thanks I got it. [SPEAKER CHANGES] And there is as I’ve said the constitutional responsibility of this body to provide the sound basic education. There is not a constitutional responsibility to provide $100 million for unaccountable private schools. Thank you. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Next speaker for, is Tammy Fitzgerald. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Madam Chairwoman, I’m glad to see you back. Glad you’re well. We support House Bill 944. I’m not going to go over what the bill does, the bill sponsors did a great job of doing that. I appreciate the different perspectives from which they come. But we want to say that the quality of a child’s education and future should not be determined by where he lives or the income of his parents. Many students have no choice but to attend their local public school because of financial restraints. Just because of his address, his education could be very good or very poor. School choice is a much more effective and affordable way for students to have the opportunity for a quality education regardless of their family income or home address. Parents should be able to choose what is best for their own children. Not the state. Many families cannot afford private school, yet they contribute to the public school system through their tax dollars. When their local public school is not meeting their children’s needs, they often have no other option. School choice allows parents to decide what is important to their family and then use public or private l funds to choose a school with corresponding values. In his 1955 essay, the Role of Government and Education, Milton Friedman concluded, that a system that shifted the administration of schools from the government to entrepreneurs in the private sector would enjoy numerous social, political, and economic benefits. Particularly higher quality schools and a more efficient use of tax payer money. Now, almost 60 years later, there is data that verifies that Friedman was right. 10 empirical studies of scholarship programs including 2 that evaluated Charlotte’s.
Children’s scholarship fund concluded that scholarship recipients had statistically significant increases in performance. In addition more than 20 studies identified ways that scholarships delivered spill over benefits to traditional public schools. There is a consensus that education research community shows that school choice raises achievement for the average participating student. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Next speaker, Charles Brown, Chairman of Scotland County Board of Education. Speaking against. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Good morning Committee members. My name is Charles Brown. I am the Chairman of the Scotland County Board of Education. And a member of the North Carolina School Boards Associations Board of Directors. As you can see, I’m Black-American. What you can’t see is that I am the vice-Chairman of the Scotland County Republican Party. I stand here before you today in strong opposition to House Bill 944. A thriving, vibrant and strong public education system is something that all of us, regardless of political party, want to see. Speaking as a School Board Member, a Republican, and most importantly a North Carolinian, I am very concerned that our public education system would be undermined by passage of this bill. Proponents claim that school vouchers will promote the free-market in education. As a Republican, I understand the opportunity provided by the free-market but I am here to tell you that education is not a place where free-market values work as intended. The reason is simple. Public schools open their doors to all comers, private schools do not. There will be a number of students who will not be able to choose a school they want in a voucher system because private schools will turn them away. Families in Scotland County will certainly have minimal choice because we have very few private schools in our area. What residents in our ?? and many others around the state really depend on is an adequate funded public school system. Budget cuts over the past 4 years have been difficult. These challenges will grow more serious as 10’s of millions of dollars are diverted from public schools to private schools each other. As a Republican, I also have to object to vouchers on accountability grounds because we the tax payers have a right to know the quality of services our dollars our funding. The quality of public schools will soon be measured by letter grades. But the quality of the private schools receiving public vouchers will not be measured at all under this bill. We also ask our public schools to administer state required assessments. I will conclude by saying this. I submit that school vouchers will actually set public education back and I respectfully ask you to oppose House Bill 944. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Please do not be applauding, that’s just extra noise. We know that you’re for things or against it. Danny Breed, Oak City Academy. For. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Thank you, my name is Danny Breed, Headmaster at Oak City Academy here in Raleigh. Oak City’s living out what this bill is seeking to accomplish. 80% of our students are low-income and they attend through privately funded scholarships. Parents come to Oak City Academy because they’re falling behind and they’re discouraged in the current school. Let me give you two examples. One 1st grader, very intelligent, lost the total motivation to learn. Through small class size and a curriculum tailored for him, he’s regained a love for learning. A month ago he did his own research project about 5 or 6 pages on China, just because he wanted to. Another 9 year old student came to us reading at a kindergarten level. And he was in our local schools. Yet this individualized attention, and an encouraging classroom environment, he advanced a grade and a half in less than a year in his reading and he’s exceling at math. There are many families I’ve spoken to in our community that want the same opportunity as everyone else yet they can’t afford it. They have no access to it. They’re looking inside an invisible chain link fence and they can’t get there. That’s why I support the scholarship.
Opportunity, the opportunity scholarship act. Are the school leaders important to me, know that tis measure is transparency and accountable ,not only to the tax payers but also to the families it could serve. Encouragingly House Bill 944 has tied income guidelines to make sure students who qualify for Free/Reduced Lunch, those families that need it the most can actually receive scholarships. Schools like mine are held accountable to parents and the public because of the accountability measures in the standardized testing. The explanation of the grades, etc. etc. So I want to hope you value every child in our community who wants to learn and every mother who desires a better education for her child through supporting Opportunity Scholarship Act. These children will thrive if given the opportunity. Thank you. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Next speaker against, Ed Croom from Johnston County Schools. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Thank you, Mr. Chairman and Members of the Committee. My name is Ed Croom, and I am superintendent of Johnston County Schools and I speak to you today on behalf of the many superintendents across the state who are part of the Superintendents Association as well as many other school leaders who are part of the North Carolina school administrators. I would like to first say, that we recognize and say thank you for the changes in the bill that you have made. These modifications will help. However we as a collective group still believe that this legislation can unravel the basic core of a free public education system, which is a system for all children in this state. We heard earlier there is a lot of research, I read through a lot of it last night. There’s pro’s and con’s depending on which way you believe you can find research to promote that thought. However, just about all of the research indicates that it reduces the amount of funding that goes to public schools and I would like to remind you, when that funding is reduced, it’s added to the regular budgeting numbers that we’ve been reduced over the last several years further. I am really concerned for those districts and we’ve heard of a couple already, who d not have a private school option in their county. We would be taking money away from those districts and sending it to a district that has a private school option. Simply, it seems to me that it further opens the door for tax payer money to fund private schools. And I think this is a very slippery slope, it would catapult us down a very slippery slope where we would not know where the end of that slope would be. I head as it was being presented earlier, choice and choice. All of us in public education understand that we need to improve, we need to change. However I would contend to you today, that simply because you provided another choice does not mean your providing a better educational opportunity for children. Thank you. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Speaking for, Jeanie Allen. Center for Education and Reform. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Good morning, Members of the General Assembly. Thank you for allowing me to be here. My name is Jeanie Allen I’m President of the Center for Education Reform. A 20-year national nonprofit research and advocacy group based in Washington but that does most of its work throughout the states including yours. And I am honestly am grateful for the bold, creative unity of this Committee in backing what is increasingly becoming an issue and an idea that is embraced across a wide variety of people, political parties and affiliations and is working. And I’m just struck by looking around the room trying to figure what I can add to what you’re going to continue to hear as a barrage of pro and con. But I’m struck by the amount of opposition to something some people have never actually seen working in progress. And so when we look back at Milwaukee 25 years ago, where literally 40% of kids are going to a school of choice, a majority ?? private school choices. That have not only increased the graduation rate for those students who had been failing and left behind before that, but have increased their college matriculation and graduation of those students and students in traditional public schools. I want to know where you’re getting your information and would implore people to actually visit and talk to people on the ground. People like these folks in Washington D.C. who have been in the scholarship.
Program for now a little over five years. I have these pictures brought on the plane because I just wanted you to see these are the kind of people. They’re not creamed/g. They’re the people who actually want those opportunities who are graduating from, from, from private schools all across the country. In Ohio, in Milwaukee, in Cleveland, in Pennsylvania, and across the board. They’re not only graduating, they’re being productive members of society. And they’re so much more united in their belief that this is about not just public education but educating the public. And so I invite you to come, to visit, to go explore these areas to understand that sure we can all make numbers dance and sing. But the proof is in the pudding when you actually look at how this is working across the country and how it would work here today. Thank you. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Speaking against Minnie Forte/g Brown. [CROSSTALK] My name is Minnie Fort/g Brown. I am on the board of directors for the North Carolina School Board’s Association, the Board of Directors for the National School Board Association and vice chair of the Durham Public School’s Board Association, representing millions of children. I urge you to opposed House bill 944. Although the sponsors have called this an opportunity scholarship this bill is just another radical school voucher bill. This bill is not the work of your constituents. The people of, that the people of North Carolina desire. Over 63% of North Carolinians oppose school’s vouchers. Although 3,000 may have come to Greensboro I gather to say they came to hear the gospel singer Marvin Sapp. This bill is a gimmick to fix what not only the hard working people of North Carolina but strong investments in our public schools can fix. Why do your constituents oppose school vouchers is because school vouchers do not work. Vouchers are touted as choice and a substitution for parental involvement. Shamefully today this bill is deliberately being peddled as a choice for poor students. The choice actually belongs to the private school who can and will reject any student for any reason. Don’t be deceived. The fact is that the vast majority of states do not permit any form of school vouchers. The fact is that the national PTA opposes all vouchers. The fact is that vouchers in Florida, across this country, have not improved student outcomes. The fact is that Republicans and Democrats in Washington, D.C. together voted down federal school voucher plans earlier this year. The fact is that North Carol, that school vouchers in Louisiana were just declared unconstitutional. The fact is that school vouchers that North Carolina voters don’t want their tax [UNKNOWN] dollars to, to, for private and non-public schools, If you use that best practices, you oppose vouchers. If you want to lift North Carolina from 48th in the country in school funding you’ll oppose co, vouchers. If your goal is to improve public education how can you take money from public schools? [SPEAKER CHANGES] Speaking for it Jess, Jessica Oney/g. [SPEAKER CHANGES] My name is Jessica Oney/g. I come to you as a parent who simply wants to provide a quality education for my children. Last year, my nine year old son, Christopher, scored a two on his end of grade testing. To pass a student must earn a three or higher. And after he received tutoring to boost his reading comprehension skill, he still scored a two again on his, on retest. Christopher is doing slightly better this year but he’s still, he’s in an environment with smaller classrooms and more one on one teacher attention, things that I believe as his mother will help him to earn threes and fours on his end of grade test which I know he is capable of doin’. So when I think about opportunity scholarships as a parent I see them as a blessing for families like mine who would otherwise be unable to afford a school that can really meet their children’s academic needs. And while some have said opportunity scholarships are an effort to take away from our public schools, I see it as lifeline my child, for my son’s future. Both my sons. And in the end, I just want to send my son to a school that works for him regardless of what school it is. I know what is best for him and simply want to provide him with every opportunity available to insure his success. This program will allow me to afford a school that can do just that. Thank you. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Speaking against Barbra Vandenburg/g. [SPEAKER CHANGES] My name is Barbra Vandenburg. I’m a resident of Wade count
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First, the General Assembly requires that all public schools be graded A through F. If that grading school is appropriate for public schools, then it is appropriate to apply the same scale to all private schools receiving tax payers dollars to educate the children. Each school receiving taxpayer’s dollars should be graded in the same manner in order for parents to have the necessary information to make wise decisions. If a grading scale of A through F is good for public schools, then it should be good enough for private schools. Second, the General Assembly requires that a school’s grade be reported to the public on a website and that of the Department of Public Instruction’s Report Card. This proposed bill requires that private schools receiving taxpayer’s dollars merely to report its standardized test to an authority. If reporting a grade to taxpayers and parents is good for public schools, then it should be good enough for private schools. Third, private schools are required to give standardized tests. Public schools must take the test. According to this bill, private schools choose their on standardized test without meaningful reporting to the public or to tax payers. If this does not provide enough information to all students, I urge you to overhaul this bill. Thank you. [SPEAKER CHANGES] That concludes the people we can have speak today. Our meeting next week we will be in our regular room unless something comes up to change it. And we will take up, if the people that are here that did not get a chance to speak wish to speak, I’ll allow you to that next week. And I appreciate the Committee’s indulgence. And our bill sponsors, I’ll let you repeat some of the things that were said if you desire to next week. The meeting’s adjourned.