CONFERENCE COMMITTEE REPORT NO. 58

                            Honolulu, Hawaii
                                            , 1999

                            RE:   H.B. No. 1086
                                  S.D. 1
                                  C.D. 1




Honorable Calvin K.Y. Say
Speaker, House of Representatives
Twentieth State Legislature
Regular Session of 1999
State of Hawaii

Honorable Norman Mizuguchi
President of the Senate
Twentieth State Legislature
Regular Session of 1999
State of Hawaii

Sir:

     Your Committee on Conference on the disagreeing vote of the
House of Representatives to the amendments proposed by the Senate
in H.B. No. 1086, S.D. 1, entitled:

    "A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION,"

having met, and after full and free discussion, has agreed to
recommend and does recommend to the respective Houses the final
passage of this bill in an amended form.

     The purpose of this bill is to delete the time provision
which mandates that no less than fifty percent of each school day
be devoted to oral expression, written composition, and the
spelling of the English language.

     Your Committee on Conference finds that there are times when
meeting the fifty percent requirement of each instructional day
is not feasible or practical.  This rigid standard hampers the
Department of Education's ability to provide a varied
instructional program which allows students to maximize their
learning potential.  Specific curriculum decision are properly
within the purview of the Board of Education.


 
 
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     This measure will not delete the requirement that schools
teach English altogether.  Rather, this amendment allows the
Board of Education and the Department of Education the freedom
and flexibility to establish a strong learning environment and
implement the Hawaii Content and Performance Standards, as
provided in Section 302A-201, Hawaii Revised Statutes.  This
ensures that the basics will continue to be taught.  This measure
simply deletes the mandate that fifty percent of each day be
devoted to specific aspects of the curriculum.

     Your Committee on Conference has amended this bill by making
a technical, nonsubstantive change for the purpose of conformity.

     Your Committee on Conference is in accord with the intent
and purpose of H.B. No. 1086, S.D. 1, as amended herein, and
recommends that it pass Final Reading in the form attached hereto
as H.B. No. 1086, S.D. 1, C.D. 1.

                                   Respectfully submitted,

MANAGERS ON THE PART OF THE        MANAGERS ON THE PART OF THE
           SENATE                              HOUSE
                                   
                                   
                                   
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DAVID Y. IGE, Chair                KEN ITO, Chair
                                   
                                   
                                   
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ROBERT BUNDA, Member               DENNIS A. ARAKAKI, Member
                                   
                                   
                                   
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SAM SLOM, Member                   DAVID MORIHARA, Member
                                   
                                   
                                   
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                                   DAVID D. STEGMAIER, Member
                                   
                                   
                                   
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                                   BOB McDERMOTT, Member