STAND. COM. REP. NO. 2230
RE: S.B. No. 2210
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. 2210 entitled:
"A BILL FOR AN ACT MAKING AN APPROPRIATION FOR PUBLIC SCHOOL COUNSELORS,"
begs leave to report as follows:
The purpose of this measure is to appropriate funds to hire additional counselors and college counselors in all public schools.
Testimony in support of this measure was received from the Department of Education (DOE) and Hawaii State Teachers Association.
According to the DOE, the current student-to-counselor ratio in Hawaii is 301 students per counselor. The recommended ratio by the American School Counselor Association is 250 to 1. This measure is intended to achieve that recommended ratio in DOE middle and high schools.
The need for a reduction is evident with the implementation of the School Behavioral Health services in the schools, which may require increased mental health services. In addition, over eighty per cent of high school graduates go on to post high school education or employment, which requires more intensive high school counseling.
Your Committee has amended this measure by specifying that the student to counselor ratio be 250 to 1 in DOE middle and high schools.
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. 2210, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Second Reading in the form attached hereto as S.B. No. 2210, 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