Report Title:

DOE; Teacher Tuition Reimbursement

 

Description:

Allows DOE to reimburse any teacher in the system after that person teaches for 4 years in the DOE system at the rate of 1/4 of full tuition per year, for the cost of attending the UH college of education, provided the teacher enrolled after June, 2002, and continues to teach for each year of reimbursement.

 

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

H.B. NO.

1779

TWENTY-FIRST LEGISLATURE, 2002

 

STATE OF HAWAII

 


 

A BILL FOR AN ACT

 

relating to THE department of education.

 

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF HAWAII:

SECTION 1. The legislature finds that Hawaii suffers from a teacher shortage. For the 2001-2002 school year it is estimated that the State is short at least four hundred thirty-seven teachers in its public school system. This is due to several factors:

(1) About four hundred teachers are leaving or retiring; and

(2) Low pay discourages new entrants into this career and teachers are being lured away to other higher paying states.

The purpose of this Act is to reimburse students who enroll in the University of Hawaii college of education after June 2002, for the costs of their higher education incurred at the university and who subsequently earn a teaching degree and teach in the public school system of this State for at least four years. This reimbursement will be offered at one-fourth of the total amount of tuition per year that the person continues to teach in the Hawaii public school system, up to 2014. The reason for delaying reimbursement is to assure there will be no immediate economic impact to Hawaii. Under this program payouts would not likely begin until at least 2010 at the earliest.

SECTION 2. Section 302A-806, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended to read as follows:

"302A-806 Hawaii teacher standards board revolving fund. (a) There is established within the state treasury a revolving fund to be known as the Hawaii teacher standards board revolving fund, into which shall be deposited all moneys received by the board in the form of appropriations, fees, fines, grants, donations, or revenues regardless of their source. The revolving fund shall be administered by the department and used to pay the expenses of the board, including but not limited to the payment of all operational and personnel costs, [and] reimbursements to board members for travel expenses incurred[.], and reimbursements for teachers who have taught in the public education system for at least four years and who received a degree from the University of Hawaii's college of education, having enrolled in the college after June, 2002.

(b) Upon a showing of proof that the individual has completed a state-approved teacher education program at the University of Hawaii's college of education, and has been employed as a full-time teacher in the Hawaii public school system for four years, the department of education shall use funds from the Hawaii teacher standards board revolving fund to reimburse that individual for a portion of the full tuition costs incurred while enrolled at the college of education. Reimbursement shall be at the rate of one-fourth of the total amount of the person's tuition for every year that person continues to teach in the Hawaii public school system, including special education, regular education, or Title 1 schools."

SECTION 3. There is appropriated out of the general revenues of the State of Hawaii the sum of $          , or so much thereof as may be necessary for fiscal year 2002-2003, for reimbursements for teachers who have taught in the public education system for at least four years who have received a degree from the University of Hawaii college of education.

SECTION 4. The sum appropriated shall be expended by the department of education for the purposes of this Act.

SECTION 5. Statutory material to be repealed is bracketed and stricken. New statutory material is underscored.

SECTION 6. This Act shall take effect on July 1, 2002.

INTRODUCED BY:

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