STAND. COM. REP. NO.2891
RE: H.B. No. 2033
Honorable Robert Bunda
President of the Senate
Twenty-First State Legislature
Regular Session of 2002
State of Hawaii
Your Committees on Education and Judiciary, to which was referred H.B. No. 2033, H.D. 3, entitled:
"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION,"
beg leave to report as follows:
The purpose of this measure is to propose amendments to the State constitution to:
(1) Abolish the State Board of Education and replace it with local district school boards of education, as provided by law;
(2) Establish the superintendent selection commission;
(3) Require the Governor to appoint a State Superintendent of Education;
(4) Require the superintendent to establish statewide educational policy; and
(5) Require the internal organization of the statewide system of public education to be as provided by law.
Your Committees received testimony in opposition to the bill from the Department of Budget and Finance, Hawaii State Teachers Association, League of Woman Voters, Hawaii Government Employees Association, and a private individual. Your Committees received comments from the Hawaii Business Roundtable and Office of Information Practices.
Your Committees find that restructuring the governance of Hawaii's schools is essential to any significant improvement in them. However, this measure subverts the autonomy of local school boards by allowing the Governor to select the Superintendent of Education and giving that position the authority to make educational policy that would then be implemented by the local school boards.
Your Committees have amended the measure by replacing its contents with the contents of S.B. No. 2102, S.D. 1, which replaces the current elected statewide Board of Education with a statewide board comprised of the member representatives of elected district boards of education. The statewide board will formulate statewide educational policy and appoint the Superintendent of Education.
As affirmed by the records of votes of the members of your Committees on Education and Judiciary that are attached to this report, your Committees are in accord with the intent and purpose of H.B. No. 2033, H.D. 3, as amended herein, and recommend that it pass Second Reading in the form attached hereto as H.B. No. 2033, H.D. 3, S.D. 1, and be referred to the Committee on Ways and Means.
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committees on Education and Judiciary,
BRIAN KANNO, Chair
NORMAN SAKAMOTO, Chair