STAND. COM. REP. NO. 3043
RE: S.C.R. No. 33
Honorable Shan S. Tsutsui
President of the Senate
Twenty-Sixth State Legislature
Regular Session of 2012
State of Hawaii
Your Committee on Education, to which was referred S.C.R. No. 33 entitled:
"SENATE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION REQUESTING THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION AND BOARD OF EDUCATION TO INSTITUTE A GREEN HAWAII PROGRAM WITHIN THE PUBLIC SCHOOL SYSTEM,"
begs leave to report as follows:
The purpose and intent of this measure is to:
(1) Request the Department of Education and Board of Education to institute a Green Hawaii Program; and
(2) Require all public schools, including charter schools, to perform five Green Hawaii Projects within each school year, beginning with the 2015-2016 school year.
Your Committee received testimony in support of this measure from the Kohala Center; Selena Li Fung, a student at Moanalua High School; Crystal Soliven, a student at Hanalani Schools; Crystal Boucon, a student at American Renaissance Academy; Derek Tanizaki, a student at American Renaissance Academy; Daniel Kim, a student at Kaiser High School; Daylin Kuboyama, a student at Ewa Makai Middle School; Jocelyn Bonilla, a student at Ewa Makai Middle School; Justyn Golobic, a student at Ewa Makai Middle School; Kaylee Frankhouse, a student at Ewa Makai Middle School; Mc Erl Dave Andres, a student at Ewa Makai Middle School; Rebekah Padua, a student at Ewa Makai Middle School; Christopher Mooney, a student at Punahou School; Kayla Vega, a student at Kalaheo High School; and one private individual. Your Committee received comments on this measure from the Department of Education.
Your Committee finds that establishing a Green Hawaii Program in all public schools will give students a heightened sense of civic duty. In addition, projects that promote recycling and conservation may help to alleviate tight school budgets by teaching students to reduce, reuse, and conserve resources, as well as to raise funds for their individual schools.
Your Committee has amended this measure by:
(1) Clarifying that all public schools, including charter schools are requested, rather than required, to perform at least five Green Hawaii projects within each school year as part of the Green Hawaii program;
(2) Requesting that certified copies of this Concurrent Resolution also be transmitted to the Charter School Administrative Office; and
(3) Making technical, nonsubstantive amendments for the purposes of clarity and consistency.
As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Education that is attached to this report, your Committee concurs with the intent and purpose of S.C.R. No. 33, as amended herein, and recommends that it be referred to the Committee on Ways and Means, in the form attached hereto as S.C.R. No. 33, S.D. 1.
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Education,
JILL TOKUDA, Chair