Report Title:

Public Education System; Community Collaboration

Description:

Establishes community partnerships within public schools; prohibits reduction by legislature or governor of state funds due to private partnerships; establishes statewide community partnerships coordinating council.

THE SENATE

S.B. NO.

350

TWENTY-SECOND LEGISLATURE, 2003

 

STATE OF HAWAII

 


 

A BILL FOR AN ACT

 

RELATING TO EDUCATION.

 

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF HAWAII:

SECTION 1. Chapter 302A, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended by adding two new sections to be appropriately designated and to read as follows:

"302A-   Community partnerships with public schools. (a) Any individual public school or school complex may participate in a partnership with a community-based organization or private business offering donated instructional goods and services to an individual school or school complex.

(b) No donated instructional goods or services may be received from or used by an individual school or school complex from a community-based organization or private business that advances any religion or that promotes discrimination of a protected class as provided in article X, section 1, of the state constitution.

(c) No reductions or restrictions shall be made by the legislature, the governor, the board of education, or the superintendent of education to general or federal fund appropriations, allotments, or allocations due to the receipt by an individual public school or school complex of donated instructional goods and services.

(d) For purposes of this section "instructional goods or services" means any textbook, video or audiotapes and equipment, computer hardware, computer software, or Internet based curriculum for use in a course of study provided in public schools, and staff professional development.

302A-   Statewide community partnerships coordinating council. (a) There is established within the department of education for administrative purposes, a statewide community partnerships coordinating council. The council shall consist of fifteen members including the chair of the board of education or designee, the superintendent of education or designee, five members from community-based organizations, five members from private business, and one member each representing a high school, an intermediate or middle school, and an elementary school. The council shall select a chair from among its members.

(b) The coordinating council shall serve as a clearinghouse and resource to assist all public schools and school complexes in forming partnerships with community-based and private business organizations. The council shall give first priority to partnerships that will directly impact school performance goals and student achievement of the Hawaii content and performance standards. The council shall work with the superintendent of education to develop and maintain an information database accessible to all public schools about available community resources and partnerships.

(c) On January 1 of each calendar year, the coordinating council shall submit to the board of education, the superintendent of education, and the legislature, an annual report of the activities of the council and data showing the numbers and types of active community partnerships operating within each school complex. The annual report shall also be posted on the department of education's website."

SECTION 2. New statutory material is underscored.

SECTION 3. This Act shall take effect upon its approval.

INTRODUCED BY:

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