STAND. COM. REP. NO. 829________

                                 Honolulu, Hawaii
                                                   , 1999

                                 RE: H.B. No. 1088
                                     H.D. 2

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


     Your Committee on Finance, to which was referred H.B. No.
1088, H.D. 1, entitled: 


begs leave to report as follows:

     The purpose of this bill is to maximize learning at the
early elementary school level by authorizing the Board of
Education (BOE) to determine the starting age for children
entering kindergarten and the first grade.

     The BOE and the Hawaii State Teachers Association testified
in support of this measure.  The Department of Human Services and
Good Beginnings Alliance commented on this measure.

     Your Committee has made technical, nonsubstantive amendments
to the bill for clarity.

     As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your
Committee on Finance that is attached to this report, your
Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of H.B. No.
1088, H.D. 1, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass
Third Reading in the form attached hereto as H.B. No. 1088, H.D.

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                                   Respectfully submitted on
                                   behalf of the members of the
                                   Committee on Finance,

                                   DWIGHT Y. TAKAMINE, Chair