STAND. COM. REP. NO. 2008

Honolulu, Hawaii

, 2002

RE: S.C.R. No. 1

 

 

Honorable Robert Bunda

President of the Senate

Twenty-First State Legislature

Regular Session of 2002

State of Hawaii

Sir:

Your Committee on Education, to which was referred S.C.R. No. 1 entitled:

"SENATE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION CONTINUING THE JOINT SENATE-HOUSE INVESTIGATIVE COMMITTEE TO INVESTIGATE THE STATE'S EFFORTS TO COMPLY WITH THE FELIX CONSENT DECREE,"

beg leave to report as follows:

The purpose of this measure is to continue the Joint Senate-House Investigative Committee to investigate the State's efforts to comply with the Felix Consent Decree ("Investigative Committee").

Your Committee received testimony in support of this measure from the Hawaii State Teachers Association.

Your Committee finds that the work of the Investigative Committee from June, 2001, to the present has been productive in revealing problems, as well as possible solutions, relating to the State's efforts to comply with the Felix Consent Decree. However, your Committee finds that the work of the Investigative Committee is not complete. Several investigative and information gathering efforts have not concluded and important issues require further investigation to ensure the State is providing efficient and effective educational services to Hawaii's exceptional children and is in compliance with federal and state laws.

As affirmed by the records of votes of the members of your Committee on Education that are attached to this report, your Committee concurs with the intent and purpose of S.C.R. No. 1 and recommends its adoption.

Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Education,

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NORMAN SAKAMOTO, Chair