Deletes the unfeasible rigid time provision which mandates that
no less than 50% of each school day be devoted to oral
expression, written composition, and the spelling of the English
language.  Ensures that school must continue to teach these
basics and prepare students in accordance with statewide
performance standards.  (SD1)

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES                H.B. NO.           S.D. 1
TWENTIETH LEGISLATURE, 1999                                
STATE OF HAWAII                                            

                   A  BILL  FOR  AN  ACT



 1      SECTION 1.  Section 302A-1128, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is
 2 amended by amending subsection (b) to read as follows:
 3      "(b)  The department shall regulate the courses of study to
 4 be pursued in all grades of public schools and classify them by
 5 methods the department deems proper; provided that:
 6      (1)  The course of study and instruction [in the first eight
 7           grades] shall be [so] regulated [that not less than
 8           fifty per cent of the study and instruction in each
 9           school day is devoted to the oral expression, the
10           written composition, and the spelling of the English
11           language, except for special projects using the
12           Hawaiian language as approved by the board;] in
13           accordance with the statewide performance standards
14           established under section 302A-201;
15      (2)  All pupils shall be progressively competent in the use
16           of computer technology; and
17      (3)  The course of study and instruction for the first
18           twelve grades shall enable all students to meet
19           progressive standards of competency in a language in

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 1           addition to English.
 2      For the purposes of this subsection, the terms progressively
 3 competent in the use of computer technology and "progressive
 4 standards of competency in a language in addition to English"
 5 shall be defined by the board through rules adopted pursuant to
 6 chapter 91, with reference to relevant national or international
 7 standards of competency.  Notwithstanding paragraphs (2) and (3)
 8 to the contrary, the board, through rules adopted pursuant to
 9 chapter 91, shall formulate statewide educational policies
10 allowing the superintendent to exempt certain students from the
11 requirements of paragraphs (2) and (3)."
12      SECTION 2.  Statutory material to be repealed is bracketed.
13 New statutory material is underscored.
14      SECTION 3.  This Act shall take effect upon its approval.