THE SENATE                           S.R. NO.              74
TWENTIETH LEGISLATURE, 1999                                
STATE OF HAWAII                                            
                                                             
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                    SENATE  RESOLUTION

  REQUESTING THE DEVELOPMENT OF INTERNATIONAL SCIENCE TEACHER
    TRAINING CENTER.


 1        WHEREAS, the President of the United States has mandated
 2   that the K-12 science curriculum in American schools be
 3   reformed in order to enable high school graduates to
 4   successfully enter the workplace of the twenty-first century;
 5   and
 6   
 7        WHEREAS, the American workforce of the twenty-first
 8   century will require skills and competencies in high technology
 9   industries; and
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11        WHEREAS, significant reform in K-12 educational systems in
12   Hawaii will become necessary in order to enable Hawaii's high
13   school graduates to enter the high technology industries which
14   will become established in Hawaii; and
15   
16        WHEREAS, Leeward Community College is a member of the
17   IMPACT consortium; and
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19        WHEREAS, this consortium has chosen Oahu to become the
20   center for an international science teacher training center to
21   bring about necessary reforms in science education to enable
22   students to successfully enter the workplace of the twenty-
23   first century; and
24   
25        WHEREAS, Leeward Community College in Hawaii has been
26   designated by the IMPACT consortium to become the lead
27   institution for development and implementation of this
28   international science teacher training center; and
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30        WHEREAS, the international science teacher training center
31   will require research grade telescopes capable of remote
32   operation over the internet; and
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34        WHEREAS, the former federally-owned Nike base at Peacock
35   Flats above Mokuleia on Oahu is now public land owned by the
36   State and has furthermore been selected by the IMPACT
37   consortium as the best site for the remote-operated telescopes
38   for the international science teacher training center; and
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 1        WHEREAS, only a small portion of the state-owned Nike base
 2   is required to establish the necessary telescope facilities for
 3   the international science teacher training center; and
 4   
 5        WHEREAS, the telescopes will be operated by Leeward
 6   Community College for the residents of Hawaii and for the
 7   IMPACT programs to reform science education in America's K-12
 8   schools; and
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10        WHEREAS, these telescopes will link Hawaii with the rest
11   of the world by establishing networks of science programs for
12   educational reform both nationally and internationally; and
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14        WHEREAS, having the facilities at Mokuleia will ensure
15   that Hawaii's schools will become leaders in science education
16   reform nationally; now, therefore,
17   
18        BE IT RESOLVED by the Senate of the Twentieth Legislature
19   of the State of Hawaii, Regular Session of 1999, that the Board
20   of Land and Natural Resources allow a portion of the Nike base
21   at Mokuleia to be used by Leeward Community College for the
22   establishment of telescope facilities and for the development
23   of an international science teacher training center to bring
24   about necessary reforms in science education in America's
25   schools; and
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27        BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that Leeward Community College is
28   further requested to make the telescopic facilities available
29   to teachers and students in the K-12 educational systems in
30   Hawaii; and
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32        BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that certified copies of this
33   Resolution be transmitted to the Chair of the Board of Land and
34   Natural Resources, the Chair of the Board of Regents of the
35   University of Hawaii, the Chancellor of the Community Colleges
36   of the University of Hawaii, and the Interim Provost of Leeward
37   Community College.
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