STAND. COM. REP. NO. 826

 

Honolulu, Hawaii

                  

 

RE:    S.B. No. 819

       S.D. 1

 

 

 

Honorable Donna Mercado Kim

President of the Senate

Twenty-Eighth State Legislature

Regular Session of 2015

State of Hawaii

 

Madam:

 

     Your Committee on Ways and Means, to which was referred S.B. No. 819, S.D. 1, entitled:

 

"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION,"

 

begs leave to report as follows:

 

     The purpose and intent of this measure is to bar the prohibition of student or class participation in a fundraiser or charitable activity in conjunction with a nonprofit organization as part of a school project when the activity benefits student learning.

 

     Your Committee finds that partnering students with nonprofit community organizations fosters civic engagement and service learning and promotes character education.  Your Committee further finds that requiring the Department of Education to adopt reasonable and objective criteria pursuant to chapter 91, Hawaii Revised Statutes, to prohibit the coercion of students or their parents, and to ensure that fundraising activities involving students actually benefit student learning, will help students connect with the greater community while engaging in hands-on learning experiences.

 

     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. 819, S.D. 1, and recommends that it pass Third Reading.

 

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

 

 

 

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JILL N. TOKUDA, Chair