CONFERENCE COMMITTEE REP. NO. 101

 

Honolulu, Hawaii

                 , 2009

 

RE:    S.B. No. 1250

       S.D. 1

       H.D. 1

       C.D. 1

 

 

 

Honorable Colleen Hanabusa

President of the Senate

Twenty-Fifth State Legislature

Regular Session of 2009

State of Hawaii

 

Honorable Calvin K.Y. Say

Speaker, House of Representatives

Twenty-Fifth State Legislature

Regular Session of 2009

State of Hawaii

 

Madam and Sir:

 

     Your Committee on Conference on the disagreeing vote of the Senate to the amendments proposed by the House of Representatives in S.B. No. 1250, S.D. 1, H.D. 1, entitled:

 

"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION,"

 

having met, and after full and free discussion, has agreed to recommend and does recommend to the respective Houses the final passage of this bill in an amended form.

 

     The purpose of this measure is to amend and make permanent those provisions related to emergency hires by clarifying that:

 

     (1)  No individual may be employed on an emergency basis for more than three years in the aggregate; and

 

     (2)  Unlicensed teachers employed on an emergency basis after June 30, 1997, but prior to July 1, 2008, may be employed on an emergency basis for no more than four years in the aggregate.

 

     Your Committee on Conference finds that aligning Hawaii's teacher licensure requirements with the criteria for highly qualified teachers as prescribed by the No Child Left Behind Act is a critical component of meeting the federal requirements.  Your Committee on Conference supports this intent, but believes some flexibility is necessary to address the State's continuing teacher shortage.

 

     Your Committee on Conference has amended this measure by:

 

     (1)  Clarifying that no individual may be employed by the Department of Education on an emergency basis for more than four years in the aggregate, beginning July 1, 2009;

 

     (2)  Deleting provisions related to unlicensed individuals employed on an emergency basis after June 30, 1997, but prior to July 1, 2008;

 

     (3)  Deleting the amendment to Act 125, Session Laws of Hawaii 2008, which would have made permanent the amendments to section 302A-804, Hawaii Revised Statutes, by Act 125;

 

     (4)  Making the Act effective July 1, 2009;

 

     (5)  Amending the findings and purpose section to reflect the above changes; and

 

     (6)  Making technical amendments for the purposes of clarity and consistency.

 

     As affirmed by the record of votes of the managers of your Committee on Conference that is attached to this report, your Committee on Conference is in accord with the intent and purpose of S.B. No. 1250, S.D. 1, H.D. 1, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Final Reading in the form attached hereto as S.B. No. 1250, S.D. 1, H.D. 1, C.D. 1.

 


Respectfully submitted on behalf of the managers:

 

ON THE PART OF THE HOUSE

 

ON THE PART OF THE SENATE

 

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ROY TAKUMI, Co-Chair

 

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NORMAN SAKAMOTO, Chair

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KARL RHOADS, Co-Chair

 

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DWIGHT Y. TAKAMINE, Co-Chair

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CHRIS LEE, Co-Chair