THE SENATE                           S.R. NO.              96
TWENTIETH LEGISLATURE, 1999                                
STATE OF HAWAII                                            
                                                             
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                    SENATE  RESOLUTION

  REQUESTING THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION TO RECONSIDER ITS
    TIMETABLE FOR IMPLEMENTATION OF THE PLAN TO MOVE SIXTH
    GRADE STUDENTS FROM ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS TO INTERMEDIATE
    SCHOOLS.



 1        WHEREAS, the Department of Education wishes to combine
 2   sixth grades with seventh and eighth grades as part of its
 3   "Middle School Concept Plan"; and
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 5        WHEREAS, the Middle School Concept Plan has only been
 6   partially implemented in the Honolulu District, and the
 7   Department of Education's goal is to eventually expand the
 8   program statewide, in the hopes that the sixth grade students
 9   will benefit from the broader educational opportunities in the
10   intermediate schools; and
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12        WHEREAS, parents and guardians of students who may be
13   affected by the Middle School Concept Plan may not be
14   adequately informed of its ramifications, and may not have had
15   a full opportunity for input and discussion; and
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17        WHEREAS, the implementation of the Middle School Concept
18   Plan will require additional funding to develop and provide
19   additional sixth grade curricula and programs; and
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21        WHEREAS, the shifting of resource requirements to the
22   intermediate schools to fund additional sixth grade curricula
23   and programs may have a negative effect on both the elementary
24   and the intermediate schools; now, therefore,
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26        BE IT RESOLVED by the Senate of the Twentieth Legislature
27   of the State of Hawaii, Regular Session of 1999, that the
28   Department of Education is requested to reconsider its
29   timetable for further implementation of the Middle School
30   Concept Plan; and
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32        BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Legislative Reference
33   Bureau, with the assistance of the Department of Education, is
34   requested to conduct a study on the Department of Education's

 
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 1   plan to move sixth grade students from the elementary schools
 2   to intermediate schools, which shall include:
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 4        (1)  An investigation and consideration of the concerns of
 5             parents and the communities affected;
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 7        (2)  An investigation and consideration of the concerns of
 8             sixth grade students, as well as all other elementary
 9             and intermediate students;
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11        (3)  A specific determination of anticipated funding needs
12             and resource adjustments; and
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14        (4)  A reevaluation of whether the means fit the goals of
15             the program;
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17   and
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19        BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Legislative Reference
20   Bureau submit its findings and recommendations to the
21   Legislature no later than twenty days prior to the convening of
22   the Regular Session of 2001; and
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24        BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that certified copies of this
25   Resolution be transmitted to the Superintendent of Education
26   and the Director of the Legislative Reference Bureau.
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