STAND. COM. REP. NO. 1599

                                 Honolulu, Hawaii
                                                   , 1999

                                 RE: H.R. No. 10
                                     H.D. 1




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

Sir:

     Your Committee on Education, to which was referred H.R. No.
10 entitled:

     "HOUSE RESOLUTION URGING THE BOARD OF EDUCATION AND THE
     SUPERINTENDENT OF EDUCATION TO RESTRUCTURE THE DEPARTMENT OF
     EDUCATION TO ENSURE ACCOUNTABILITY AT ALL LEVELS,"

begs leave to report as follows:

     The purpose of this resolution is to urge the Board of
Education and the Superintendent of Education to restructure the
Department of Education to ensure accountability at all levels.

     The Superintendent of Education testified in support of this
resolution, but recommended several amendments.  The Hawaii State
Teachers Association supported the intent of the resolution.

     Your Committee is committed to improving accountability in
Hawaii's public school system as the foundation for educational
improvement.  Many parties impact the quality of education, and
only when their respective roles are defined and those parties
are assessed on their defined roles can public education in
Hawaii advance.

     Your Committee has amended this resolution by incorporating
the recommendations of the Superintendent of Education.
Specifically, your Committee has amended this measure by:


 
 
 
 
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     (1)  Indicating that Hawaii has a very high rate of
          enrollment in private schools rather than the highest
          rate when compared to other schools in the nation;

     (2)  Adding the Governor, the Legislature, and students to
          the list of parties who influence the quality of
          education; and

     (3)  Adding support by adequate resources and supportive
          legislative and policy agenda as an attribute of
          effective accountability.

     As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your
Committee on Education that is attached to this report, your
Committee concurs with the intent and purpose of H.R. No. 10, as
amended herein, and recommends that it be referred to the
Committee on Finance in the form attached hereto as H.R. No. 10,
H.D. 1.

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



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                                   KEN ITO, Chair