STAND. COM. REP. NO.2238
RE: S.B. No. 2033
Honorable Robert Bunda
President of the Senate
Twenty-First State Legislature
Regular Session of 2002
State of Hawaii
Your Committee on Education, to which was referred S.B. No. 2033 entitled:
"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO THE HAWAII EDUCATOR LOAN PROGRAM,"
begs leave to report as follows:
The purpose of this measure is to amend the Hawaii educator loan program law to:
(1) Reduce the period of forgiving loans from the Hawaii Educator Loan Program from 10 years to 6 years and forgive 10 per cent for each of the first 5 years and 50 per cent for the 6th year;
(2) Establish an appropriation ceiling;
(3) Authorize up to 5 per cent of outstanding loans for administrative costs; and
(4) Exempt the University of Hawaii from the public hearing requirements under chapter 91, Hawaii Revised Statutes, to expedite implementation of the program.
The measure also appropriates $200,000 for fiscal year 2002-2003 to implement the program.
Your Committee heard testimony in support of the measure from the Lieutenant Governor, Superintendent of Education, University of Hawaii, Hawaii Association of Independent Schools, Hawaii State Teachers Association, and Hawaii Business Roundtable.
Your Committee finds that this measure is an important tool in addressing the current shortage of teachers within the Department of Education. By assisting in the recruitment of able college students into the profession of teaching, the measure will significantly contribute to the departmentís efforts to provide quality teachers in the public schools and enable the department to attract Hawaii students at Mainland colleges and universities to consider employment as public school teachers in Hawaii.
Your Committee further finds that new teachers usually leave the profession between the first three to five years of teaching. However, retention increases significantly if a teacher stays in the system in excess of five years. Rather than requiring ten years of service, this measure reflects a more realistic time-frame of six years, after which time the likelihood of new teachers staying in the profession increases.
Your Committee has amended the measure by:
(1) Adding a new section authorizing expenditure from the Hawaii Educator Loan Program Special Fund; and
(2) Making technical, nonsubstantive amendments and adding missing statutory language.
As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Education that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of S.B. No. 2033, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Second Reading in the form attached hereto as S.B. No. 2033, S.D. 1, and be referred to the Committee on Ways and Means.
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Education,
NORMAN SAKAMOTO, Chair