Report Title:

Education; service learning participation

 

Description:

Mandates service learning participation as a requirement for graduation.

 


HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

H.B. NO.

1760

TWENTY-FIFTH LEGISLATURE, 2009

 

STATE OF HAWAII

 

 

 

 

 

 

A BILL FOR AN ACT


 

 

relating to education.

 

 

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

 


SECTION 1. The legislature finds that service learning is a concept that is growing in acceptance throughout the education world. Service learning is a teaching method that combines community service with curriculum-based learning. To the extent that some schools in Hawaii require community service for graduation from high school, a service learning criteria is not far removed.

The legislature further finds that service learning can help students improve their academic skills by applying what they learn in the classroom to the real world. Feedback and reflection in the classroom regarding their real world experiences help to reinforce the learning that occurs from application of classroom skills.

The purpose of this Act is to require service learning as a requirement for high school graduation.

SECTION 2. Chapter 302A, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended by adding a new section to be appropriately designated and to read as follows:

"302A- Service learning; requirement. (a) The board shall adopt service learning as a high school graduation requirement, provided that:

(1) the minimum service component is at least seventy-five hours;

(2) the service component is designed at the school level, and approved by the superintendent of education; and

(3) the classroom component may begin as early as grade eight, but shall not be included in the minimum service component time of at least seventy-five hours."

SECTION 3. New statutory material is underscored.

SECTION 4. This Act shall take effect upon its approval.

 

 

INTRODUCED BY:

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