Report Title:

Rehiring Retired School Administrators

Description:

Allows retired principals and vice principals to be rehired in shortage areas with no loss of retirement benefits as long as they were retired for at least one year. (HB2557 HD1)

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

H.B. NO.

2557

TWENTY-FIRST LEGISLATURE, 2002

H.D. 1

STATE OF HAWAII

 


 

A BILL FOR AN ACT

 

Relating to Rehiring Retired sCHOOL ADMINISTRATORS.

 

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

SECTION 1. The National Commission on Teaching and America's Future, a national organization with nineteen partner states, including Hawaii, seeks to improve student learning by ensuring that there are caring, competent, and qualified teachers, principal and vice principal(s) in every school.

The Hawaii Policy Group of the National Commission on Teaching and America's Future, chaired by the lieutenant governor and comprised of a representative group of educational stakeholders, has collaborated on research-based recommendations to improve teaching in Hawaii. The recommendations encompass five key areas:

(1) Establishing and implementing standards for students and teachers;

(2) Providing for teacher preparation and professional development;

(3) Strengthening teacher recruitment and placing qualified teachers in all classrooms;

(4) Encouraging and rewarding teaching knowledge and skill; and

(5) Creating schools that are organized for student and teacher success.

One thing was clear: aside from home and societal factors, teacher quality is, without a question, the most influential factor in student achievement. Standards-based reform has a greater chance of success when teacher quality is addressed and given our highest priority. Teachers must be given the necessary resources and tools to ensure that all students attain their full potential, as well as support and guidance from experienced and trained principals and vice principals.

In its efforts to provide quality education for all students, the department of education continues to seek solutions to address its recruitment needs in maintaining teacher, principal, and vice principal applicant pools capable of addressing continuing shortages. The shortage of applicants is projected to exist for at least another ten years.

SECTION 2. Beginning July 1, 2002, the department of education may employ retired principals and vice principals at up to one hundred per cent full-time equivalent status in shortage areas identified by the department of education. Sections 88-21, 88-42.5, 88-43, 88-45, and 88-46, Hawaii Revised Statutes, and any other statute to the contrary notwithstanding, retired principals and vice principals who are hired under this section shall not earn retirement service credit, contribute to the retirement system, or gain additional retirement system benefits as a result of their employment; provided that the retired principal or vice principal shall continue to receive entitled normal retirement benefits without penalty. To qualify for full-time employment under this Act, a principal or vice-principal shall be retired for at least one year.

SECTION 3. This Act shall take effect on July 1, 2002, and shall be repealed on July 1, 2007.