Honolulu, Hawaii



RE:    S.B. No. 2139

       S.D. 2




Honorable Donna Mercado Kim

President of the Senate

Twenty-Seventh State Legislature

Regular Session of 2014

State of Hawaii




     Your Committee on Ways and Means, to which was referred S.B. No. 2139, S.D. 1, entitled:




begs leave to report as follows:


     The purpose and intent of this measure is to provide the Board of Education with flexibility to determine appropriate instructional time for public school students.


     Specifically, the measure:


(1)  Requires all public secondary schools to implement a school year that includes nine hundred ninety student instructional hours beginning with the 2014-2015 school year;


(2)  Repeals the requirement that all public schools implement a school year of one hundred eighty days, including one thousand eighty student instructional hours, beginning with the 2016-2018 school year; and


(3)  Amends the definition of "student instructional hours" to authorize the Board of Education, in consultation with representatives of the appropriate bargaining units, to determine how the term is to be appropriately defined.


     Your Committee received written comments in support of this measure from the Hawaii Educational Policy Center.  The Hui for Excellence in Education Coalition submitted written comments in opposition to this measure.


     Your Committee recognizes that schools are having a difficult time meeting the current requirement of nine hundred ninety hours of student instructional time.  Your Committee finds that increasing the instructional time to one thousand eighty hours would only exacerbate the problem of educators having insufficient time to plan and collaborate.


     Your Committee has amended this measure by making technical nonsubstantive changes for the purposes of clarity and consistency.


     As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Ways and Means that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of S.B. No. 2139, S.D. 1, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Third Reading in the form attached hereto as S.B. No. 2139, S.D. 2.


Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Ways and Means,