HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES             H.C.R. NO.167         
TWENTIETH LEGISLATURE, 1999                                
STATE OF HAWAII                                            
                                                             
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                     HOUSE  CONCURRENT
                        RESOLUTION

  REQUESTING THE BOARD OF EDUCATION TO ESTABLISH A COMMUNITY
    SERVICE REQUIREMENT FOR GRADUATION FROM HIGH SCHOOL AND TO
    DIRECT THE SUPERINTENDENT OF EDUCATION TO DEVELOP
    COMMUNITY SERVICE PROGRAMS TO MEET THIS REQUIREMENT.


 1        WHEREAS, the latest trend is to incorporate service
 2   learning or community service into the curriculum.  The
 3   philosophy behind service learning is that students learn by
 4   doing--a theory that underlies a lot of the education reform
 5   movement.  And there is an added benefit:  the students not
 6   only learn about their communities, but the communities also
 7   benefit from the service.  In addition, the students experience
 8   the satisfaction of making a meaningful contribution to their
 9   communities, and the communities come to realize that the
10   students have a meaningful contribution to make to society as a
11   whole; and
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13        WHEREAS, in order to achieve in school and throughout
14   life, students need to feel wanted and valued.  They need good
15   experiences in their past in order to create positive visions
16   of their future.  They need to experience the satisfaction of
17   making meaningful contributions to their communities, and of
18   having their contributions acknowledged in a meaningful way;
19   and
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21        WHEREAS, students often become alienated from communities
22   because:  they may not feel wanted or valued by others; they
23   may not have sufficient opportunities to recognize their own
24   worth or to care for or about others; they may not have good
25   experiences in school or at home; they may not have positive
26   role models; or they may not have access to positive support
27   groups; and
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29        WHEREAS, in its most severe and destructive form,
30   alienation from friends and family can result in depression and
31   other psychological disorders, criminal and other antisocial
32   behavior, alcohol and drug abuse, and suicide and other self-
33   destructive behavior, which in turn can deprive a person of the
34   chance to live a fulfilling life that is rich in personal
35   rewards; and
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 1        WHEREAS, one way of combatting student alienation and the
 2   many ills that it can create throughout a person's life is to
 3   create structured community service programs that allow
 4   students to experience the satisfaction of making meaningful
 5   contributions to their communities, and of having their
 6   contributions acknowledged by these communities in a meaningful
 7   way; and
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 9        WHEREAS, several hundred mainland school districts now
10   mandate community service.  In 1993, Maryland became the first
11   state to require it as a condition of high school graduation.
12   Starting with the high school class of 1997, nearly sixty
13   thousand Maryland students would complete seventy-five hours of
14   service or satisfy an alternative requirement designed by their
15   district; and
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17        WHEREAS, pursuant to section 302A-1101, Hawaii Revised
18   Statutes, the Board of Education has the power, in accordance
19   with law, to formulate statewide educational policy--including
20   requirements for graduation from high school, to adopt student
21   performance standards and assessment models, and to monitor
22   school success; now, therefore,
23   
24        BE IT RESOLVED by the House of Representatives of the
25   Twentieth Legislature of the State of Hawaii, Regular Session
26   of 1999, the Senate concurring, that the Board of Education is
27   requested to establish a community service requirement for
28   graduation from high school and to direct the Superintendent of
29   Education to develop community service programs to meet this
30   requirement; and
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32        BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Board of Education is
33   requested to submit a status report to the Legislature on the
34   adoption of a policy requiring students to perform community
35   service in order to graduate from high school not less than
36   twenty days prior to the convening of each regular session
37   until the Board adopts the policy; and
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39        BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that certified copies of this
40   Concurrent Resolution be transmitted to the Chairperson of the
41   Board of Education and the Superintendent of Education.
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