Honolulu, Hawaii
                                                   , 1999

                                 RE: H.B. No. 151
                                     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.
151, H.D. 1, entitled: 


begs leave to report as follows:

     The purpose of this bill is to address the long-standing
problem of teacher shortages in public schools by appropriating
funds for the University of Hawaii (UH) to:

     (1)  Expand teacher training programs in shortage fields
          such as special education, counseling, mathematics,
          science, and Hawaiian language immersion;

     (2)  Recruit, prepare, and retain teachers in certain
          geographical areas that have long-standing shortages;

     (3)  Establish a teacher induction program;

     (4)  Integrate technology into teacher training;

     (5)  Expand professional development opportunities; and

     (6)  Promote teaching as a career.

     The Department of Education (DOE), the Hawaii State Teachers
Association, and two individuals testified in support of this
measure.  The UH also commented on this bill.

                                 STAND. COM. REP. NO. 1065
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     Your Committee has amended this bill by:

     (1)  Changing the appropriations to $1 for the purpose of
          continued discussion;

     (2)  Requiring UH to provide DOE with projections of the
          additional number of students UH expects to graduate
          from the College of Education as a result of the
          appropriations contained in this bill; and

     (3)  Making technical, nonsubstantive amendments to correct
          a drafting error.

     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.
151, H.D. 1, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Third
Reading in the form attached hereto as H.B. No. 151, H.D. 2.

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

                                   DWIGHT Y. TAKAMINE, Chair