STAND. COM. REP. NO. 2816

 

Honolulu, Hawaii

                  

 

RE:    S.B. No. 2826

       S.D. 1

 

 

 

Honorable Donna Mercado Kim

President of the Senate

Twenty-Seventh State Legislature

Regular Session of 2014

State of Hawaii

 

Madam:

 

     Your Committee on Ways and Means, to which was referred S.B. No. 2826 entitled:

 

"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION,"

 

begs leave to report as follows:

 

     The purpose and intent of this measure is to implement, upon ratification of a proposed amendment to the Hawaii State Constitution allowing the appropriation of public funds for private early childhood education programs, a statewide early childhood education program.  

 

     Your Committee received written comments in support of this measure from the Department of Human Services, the Executive Office on Early Learning, the University of Hawaii, Hawaii Association for the Education of Young Children, The Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii, Early Learning Advisory Board, Hawaii Business Roundtable, Good Beginnings Alliance, Aloha United Way, Hawaii P-20 Partnerships for Education, Hawaii Association of Independent Schools, and eighty-seven individuals.

 

     Your Committee finds that a child's experience and surroundings during their formative years can have a lasting impact on their later success in school.  Your Committee also finds that by providing a quality statewide early childhood education program, children will develop into successful adults who have a positive impact on society.

 

     Your Committee has amended this measure by:

 

(1)  Defining the term "underserved children";

 

     (2)  Changing the effective date to July 1, 2050, to facilitate further discussion on the measure; and

 

     (3)  Making technical nonsubstantive changes for purposes of clarity, consistency, and style.

 

     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. 2826, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Third Reading in the form attached hereto as S.B. No. 2826, S.D. 1.

 

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

 

 

 

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DAVID Y. IGE, Chair