THE SENATE                           S.R. NO.              21
TWENTIETH LEGISLATURE, 1999                                
STATE OF HAWAII                                            
                                                             
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                    SENATE  RESOLUTION

  REQUESTING THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION TO DEVELOP A PHYSICAL
    EDUCATION PROGRAM FOR SPECIAL EDUCATION STUDENTS.



 1        WHEREAS, the United States Congress passed the
 2   "Individuals with Disabilities Education Act," finding that
 3   "disability is a natural part of the human experience and in no
 4   way diminishes the right of individuals to participate in or
 5   contribute to society"; and 
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 7        WHEREAS, Congress further found that "improving
 8   educational results for children with disabilities is an
 9   essential element of our national policy of ensuring equality
10   of opportunity, full participation, independent living, and
11   economic self-sufficiency for individuals with disabilities";
12   and 
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14        WHEREAS, currently there are special education students in
15   every school in this State; and 
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17        WHEREAS, physical education is an important and necessary
18   component of the public school curriculum that should be taught
19   to all students; and 
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21        WHEREAS, currently, there is no physical education program
22   specifically designed to meet the physical fitness needs of
23   special education students; and 
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25        WHEREAS, as a result, special education students are not
26   receiving the most effective physical education in the Hawaii
27   public schools; now, therefore,
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29        BE IT RESOLVED by the Senate of the Twentieth Legislature
30   of the State of Hawaii, Regular Session of 1999, that the
31   Department of Education is requested to develop a physical
32   education program for special education students; and
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34        BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Superintendent of
35   Education is requested to report on the Department's progress
36   to the Legislature twenty days before the convening of the
37   Regular Session of 2000; and 
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 1        BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a certified copy of this
 2   Resolution be transmitted to the Department of Education and
 3   the Superintendent of Education. 
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 7                         OFFERED BY:  ____________________________