STAND. COM. REP. NO.2707
RE: S.B. No. 3007
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. 3007 entitled:
"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION,"
begs leave to report as follows:
The purposes of this measure are to:
(1) Propose constitutional amendments to abolish the Board of Education and establish the Superintendent and Education Select Commission; and
(2) Require the Superintendent to be appointed by the governor, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, from a list of nominees presented to the Governor by the select commission.
Your Committee finds that this measure was passed along unamended to the Committee in order to provide a vehicle for developing broad-based consensus on various educational reform initiatives.
Your Committee has amended the measure by deleting its contents in favor of new language that will address a particularly important educational reform model: charter schools. This measure, as amended, would allow greater autonomy to new century charter schools, and other innovative schools and alternative learning programs, by:
(1) Establishing a nine-person Innovative Schools Commission, administratively attached to the department of education, to formulate policy for new century charter schools and other innovative schools and alternative learning programs; and
(2) Requiring the members of the Innovative Schools Commission to be appointed by the Governor, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, from a list of nominees presented to the Governor by innovative schools.
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. 3007, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Third Reading in the form attached hereto as S.B. No. 3007, S.D. 1.
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Ways and Means,
BRIAN T. TANIGUCHI, Chair