STAND. COM. REP. NO.2702
RE: S.B. No. 2211
Honorable Robert Bunda
President of the Senate
Twenty-First State Legislature
Regular Session of 2002
State of Hawaii
Your Committee on Ways and Means, to which was referred S.B. No. 2211, S.D. 1, entitled:
"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO TEACHER EDUCATION,"
begs leave to report as follows:
The purpose of this measure is to authorize the Department of Education to establish a tuition reimbursement program for graduates of a state-approved teacher training program who teach in the public schools for at least six years.
The measure also: establishes a ceiling on tuition reimbursement, up to a limit of the regular session tuition at the University of Hawaii for verifiable tuition expenses; makes the tuition reimbursement available only to graduates of Hawaii high schools; and stipulates that the tuition reimbursement cannot be used in conjunction with any other forms of tuition assistance (such as waivers or scholarships), except for the Hawaii Educator Loan Program.
Your Committee finds that the public school teacher shortage necessitates creative measures to encourage college students to enter the teaching profession and remain in the public school system after they graduate. Your Committee believes this measure will assist in the effort to recruit and retain experienced public school teachers.
Your Committee has amended the measure by:
(1) Adding a new subsection (b) to clarify that the teacher reimbursement program does not apply to teachers presently or formerly employed by the Department of Education and redesignating the remaining subsections consecutively; and
(2) Making a technical nonsubstantive change for purposes of clarity and consistency.
As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Ways and Means that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of S.B. No. 2211, S.D. 1, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Third Reading in the form attached hereto as S.B. No. 2211, S.D. 2.
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Ways and Means,
BRIAN T. TANIGUCHI, Chair